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About the project

This project aims at complementing existing initiatives towards achieving food security as defined by World Food Summit 1996 as, a situation in which all people, at all times, have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life. The government of Kenya is deeply committed through policies and programs towards Agricultural sector because of the potential it carries for attaining food security objectives as well as increasing rural incomes.

Laikipia County is one of the forty seven counties of Kenya, located on the Equator in the Rift Valley part of the country. There are six livelihood zones in the county namely, Agro-pastoral, Marginal Mixed Farming, Mixed farming, Formal Employment/ Trade, Pastoral (all species) and Ranching. Laikipia County is generally classified as being in Borderline Food Insecure phase with moderate risk of falling into Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis phase. Parts of the county have a high risk of falling into Acute Food and Livelihood Crisis phase. The food security of Laikipia County is assessed to be precarious, requiring food and non-food interventions.

This project proposes interventions that empower small farm holders and pastoralists to play an increased direct role in food security and sustainable livelihood. Food is a basic need for human survival and adequate nutritious diet builds a health nation, which is a fundamental requirement for development. If farmers, teachers, housekeepers and nurses are ill and cannot do their jobs, it affects a community’s access to nutrition, education, safe drinking water and health care – all of which can increase vulnerability to disease and lead to more illness in society.

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