Food Security Project I

Improving agricultural productivity and promoting the commercialization of cassava in Kilifi District

project area
Kenya, Coast region, Kilifi County  Villages: Kitsoeni, Dzunguni and Tsangalaweni

duration
2006-2008

context
The Kilifi County, on the coast in the south-west of Kenya, is one of the poorest districts of the country, and in particular the villages located in the inner band suffering from severe food shortages, aggravated by strong famine in 2004.
The project intends to improve the food security of the recipient population through product diversification, improved agricultural techniques and the introduction of simple technologies for the production of food. Great importance in the project is attributed to the cultivation and processing of cassava a tuber that in this area is one of the main products cultivated with local communities which make up for the seasonal shortage of basic cereals.

objective
Improve food security in the beneficiary communities (villages of Kitsoeni, Dzunvuni and Tzangalaweni in Kilifi district) through product diversification, improved agricultural techniques and the introduction of simple technology and hygiene standards for the production and processing of food.

strategy
The project has worked on two different levels:
1) at Community level, with organizational strengthening and awareness, they found a testing ground active in processing and marketing
2) at the level of households in the production, processing and handling of food; nutritional issues, the production differentiation through the orchards, control CMDV and the introduction of more drought-resistant crops have been addressed with training proposals differentiated for men and women: has been promoted the mutual recognition of gender roles in everyday domestic and productive.

results

These are the main achievements:

  • Community participation and the internal organization in the villages was strengthened
  • Communities have been shown to have gained organizational skills and very good management, especially in the village of Tsangalaweni
  • The Committees of project management have been actively involved in the project and where necessary have been able to take over the reins of the situation and mobilize the entire community in the activities planned
  • It has contributed to the improvement of agricultural production and its diversification. This was possible thanks to the educational activities on cassava, sorghum and millet and horticulture, but mainly due to the practice made by the communities in the camps set up by the demonstration project
  • It has improved the capacity of storage and post-harvest processing of agricultural production mainly due to the construction and launch of two processing units of cassava in the villages of Tsangalaweni and Dzunguni
  • The production units are fully operational and managed by the task force appointed by the villages themselves.

activities

  • 6 VDCs capacity building workshops
  • 6 Workshops on community organization
  • 3 community sensitization workshops on associate commercialization and marketing
  • Creation of 3 community farms
  • 6 Agricultural workshops and follow up
  • Field days of technical backstopping
  • 6 workshops and follow up on nutrition
  • Building, equipping and operating 3 processing units
  • Training the processing task forces

partner
COBA – Community Based Development Agency

donor
Fondazione Cariplo
Fondi 8 per mille della Chiesa Evangelica Valdese
The Gabrile Charitable Trust