Project profile — More Food: Empowering Kenyan Women



Overview 

CA-3-P005757001
$1,006,572
Farmers Helping Farmers (CA-CRA_ACR-0010001823)
2019-09-19 - 2024-08-31
Operational
Global Affairs Canada
KFM Intl Dev Partnerships & Operations

Country / region 

• Kenya (100.00%)

Sector 

• Food crop production:
Food crop production (31161) (20.00%)
Agricultural extension (31166) (20.00%)
Agricultural education/training (31181) (20.00%)
Agricultural co-operatives (31194) (20.00%)
Livestock/veterinary services (31195) (20.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (significant objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (significant objective)
• Participatory development and good governance (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (significant objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (significant objective)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)

Description 

The ultimate outcome of this project is improved food and nutrition security of farm families (women, girls, boys and men) in the Buuri Dairy milk collection area and adjacent rural communities in Meru County, Kenya. The project integrates a number of innovative approaches to increase agricultural productivity, income, nutritional knowledge and skills among the target population. Women are the focus of the project as they are eager to learn and apply knowledge and skills that help improve the lives of their families. The project works with the local government extension network and nutrition experts to train 400 farming women who are members of ten women’s groups and/or three dairy groups on best practices in dairy, egg, vegetable and fruit production, as well as biogas, rain water harvesting and solar power technologies. It also works with five schools in the project region to establish vegetable gardens and cookhouses for a school feeding program. The project directly benefits women’s families (1600 people), and an additional 1500 students in the schools. Farmers Helping Farmers became registered in Kenya and established a fully owned subsidiary as an incorporated company, Wakulima Waididia Wakulima (FHF in Swahili).

Expected results 

The expected results for this project include:(1) increased agricultural income and productivity (vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs) of women farmers; and (2) improved dietary diversity (consumption of vegetables, fruit, milk, eggs) for women, girls, boys and men.

Results achieved 

Results achieved as of March 2023 include: (1) provided five new women’s groups (182 women) water tanks, grow bags, solar lights, and drought-resistant crop seeds; (2) 182 members received support and training on managing new water tanks, producing vegetables in grow bags and communal gardens, and planting drought-resistant crops and varieties; (3) distributed, filled, and planted 436 additional grow bags; (4) established five new communal one-acre gardens for vegetable production, with connection to low-cost piped water; (5) three new women’s groups (86 members) received training on using new vented fuel-efficient cook stoves. Also procured and installed 576 stoves for all 13 women’s groups; (6) all 719 members of dairy clubs completed the training related to dairy production; (7) launched poultry component of the project. This component selected 80 women (ten per group) as pilot farmers. They were trained and supported to build chicken coops and runs, and also received training in chicken poultry feeding, care and hygiene; and (8) trained 10 champions from the five new women’s groups who are now Mentor Mothers. 91 Champions (women leaders) have received nutrition training and promote and advocate for improved nutrition in their communities.

Budget and spending 


Original budget $0
Planned disbursement $49,999
Transactions
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
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