Addressing Food Insecurity Through Modern Farming Techniques

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Homa Bay County is reach in agriculture. It is blessed with adequate rainfall with good rich soil. However, despite all this, the County is one of the poorest of the 47 Counties in Kenya, accounting to 50% of HIV/AIDS infections in the whole country. Addressing Food Insecurity Through Modern Farming Techniques is a project that provides women with modern farming skills to enable them produce food for consumption  and for sale as one way of fighting hunger and poverty. 

The project support women who form 80% of the population who depend on agriculture yet only own 5% of land with 95% owned by men who dont work in land.  Women are also provided with numeracy training and access to capital to enable them receive funding to buy firm inputs like quality seeds, firm equipment and train them on how they could benefit from value addition on products they produce to improve them additional earning of their products. 

The project is helping increase food security and sustainable livelihood for women headed families/ homesteads in Homa Bay County which has the highest HIV/AIDS infection rates in the whole Country. Majority of those affected and infected are women who account to 70% of those leaving with HIV/AIDS in the County. This high rate of infection among women has been as a result of poverty that affects mostly women who have to provide for their children. Through this project, women have been empowered to produce more food that they have been able to sell, eat and save for future use thus combating food insecurity within the family.

This project is addressing the livelihoods of people affected by poverty who are women and children. Food insecurity affects women and children more than men. When poverty strikes, men always takes off leaving women to take care of children. In the absence of food secure environment, women are forced to remove their children in school and engage them in labour force in order to supplement family income while others are forced to engage in prostitution to earn a living.

DADREG believes that when people are food secure, the impact of this is felt in terms of improved living standard, good health, and access to education and reduced HIV/AIDS infection rates among the women and girls that results from food insecurity and by extension poverty. 

 Key characteristics of this project includes:

  1. Training women in agribusiness skills to benefit from the limited land at their disposals. This include how to grow crops that can provide them income and feed them at the same time.
  2. Training women in modern farming techniques to improve farm yields.
  3. Investing in agricultural extension services,
  4. Availability of new technologies to farmers to adopt new farming methods
  5. Availing farm inputs to farmers at affordable costs.
  6. Training of farmers on value addition to maximize the profits of their produce
  7.  Training of beneficiaries in numeracy and business management skills
  8.  Connecting beneficiaries with markets for their produce

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