Improving food security

The project led by Ace Africa aimed to improve the food and economic security of 60 rural women’s groups in the Bungoma district of West Kenya. 1,200 women and their families (15,600 people) were to benefit. A majority of the women had AIDS (60%) and close to 80% were widowed. The goal was to train the 60 groups in improved agricultural practices to ensure that they gained access to a sustainable source of varied and nutritious food. The surplus was to be sold.

At the end of the project, 60 women’s groups, approximately 1,884 women and 7,336 members of their households, had been trained in sustainable farming practices and income generating activities. The people involved had achieved food security, improved their nutrition and increased their income thanks to the sale of surplus vegetables and produce from their animal husbandry activities. The project improved the beneficiaries’ health, in particular those affected by AIDS. The number of children attending school increased thanks to the higher revenues. In total, 20,347 individuals attended awareness sessions on the importance of good nutrition.

1,844
Women

Type

Community Development

Duration

January 2014 – December 2016

Location

Kenya

With whom

Ace Africa

Website

www.aceafrica.org

 

Kenya

Population
49.7 million (2017)

Per Capita Income
USD 1,460/year (2017)

Poverty rate *
36% (2015)

Literacy rate
79% (2016)

Human Development Index
142nd out of 189 countries (2018)

Kenya’s macro-economic conditions have progressed over the past decade, improving the welfare of its population. However, a quarter of its population lives in urban informal settlements, arid and semi-arid rural areas and remain vulnerable to poverty, conflict, structural underdevelopment and disease. Even though national absolute poverty has declined overall, it remains high compared with neighbouring countries. Primary school enrolment has reached 100%. Access to household services such as electricity, improved drinking water and sanitation has steadily increased, even though coverage remains low (23%, 47% and 33% respectively). Youth unemployment and vulnerability to climate change remain key challenges.

Sources: World Food Program, UNICEF, World Bank, 2016 Human Development Report, Human Development Indices and Indicators (2018 Statistical Update)

*The percentage of the population living below the national poverty line.