Our cassva project continues to help many rural people improve their lives.
Bidii farmers group from Nyeri, a county that neighbors ours, have immensely benefited from our project. Their area is equally arid and have been finding it difficult to continue with vegetables farming due to recurring crop failure. Two years ago they heard about the achievements of our cassava project, aired on a local radio station.
They got in touch with us to learn more about cassava farming. We were happy with their desire to learn and donated to them a few cuttings to plant.
Currently, the group boasts of a 5-acre cluster farm under cassava and aiming to increase the acreage. They are already reaping big in terms of improved food security and increased income through sale of cassava tubers.
Captured in the photo, is the group in their cassava farm.
We are also working on raising additional funds for a borehole that would bring needed water to this dry area.
First, receive our thanks for generously assisting us to fight food insecurity and poverty in our project through our cassava project. The project has reduced hunger and farmers now have a new and more reliable source of income in the wake of climate change - induced droughts.
As we have reported previously, having tackled the hunger problem to a notable extent, we now set our eyes on addressing the problem of water scarcity. Both of these problems stem from the increased incidences of droughts. People in the village are forced to trek long distances in search of water. In the process, wasting a lot of time that would have been utilized in gainful economic activities. Additionally, the only water available is from open wells, prone to contamination. This has lead to occasional outbreaks of water-borne diseases.
As a community, we plan to drill a borehole that would serve as a source of clean water for domestic use. This would serve a great deal in safeguarding the health of locals, improving educational standards by freeing children to learn and enabling women to participate longer in bettering their families' welfare rather than spend the better part of the day in search of water. It is for this purpose that we kindly request for your continued support.
Many thanks for your generosity,
Maragua Division, Kenya
As a community, we express our sincere gratitude for your assistance towards alleviating the socio-economic challenges that we face.
We indeed appreciate your support for our cassava project. The crop has proven to be an answer to the problem of food insecurity in the area.
Cassava has been adopted fully by the locals as an alternative crop for human and livestock consumption. Presently, over 7,500 families are cultivating and utilizing the crop. All these have received cassava planting materials through the project. The mill, which you helped us acquire, is effectively grinding the cassava into flour. The mill was purchased and installed at 7,400 US dollars, from your generous contributions. It now operates sustainably as a social enterprise!
As listed on our GlobalGiving page, the other challenge bedevilling us is water scarcity. We are already making strides towards providing a source of clean water for our people by 2016. We plan to drill borehole water for domestic and irrigation uses. This is after a hydrological survey that was conducted confirmed the viability of tapping underground water in the area. The project is now duly registered with the relevant state agencies. The locals have already started making contributions towards the project. We will also be seeking support from various donors.
Thank you again for your continued support!
Attached herewith is a scan for the registration certificate for our water project
Maragua Division, Kenya
About 80% of Kenya’s population lives in rural areas and depends on agriculture for subsistence. In addition, unfortunately, approximately 80% of Kenya’s land is arid or semi-arid. Cassava has the great benefit of being drought resistant. Historically, research and development in cassava as a food staple has been weak due to poor staffing levels by government extension agents. Our community has been trying to overcome these limitations by directly disseminating information on the benefits of this crop in such a dry area as Maragua. In the nearly four years this project has been in existence, many community members have directly benefitted. One is Njoroge, Njoroge is a 24-year old man who recently adopted cassava cultivation. Unlike other farmers who are majorly cultivating cassava for its starch- filled root- tubers, he is growing cassava for its vitamins-rich leaves. Cassava leaves are gaining acceptance as alternative vegetables. Njoroge has just begun selling the leaves and seems to have a great vision to reaching out to more customers especially in the urban centres. The leaves are an organic food as no fertilizers and farm chemicals are used in cassava cultivation. In addition, they are more nutritious as compared to the staple vegetables such as kales and spinach. He says, " Healthy- food eating culture is fast being adopted in urban homes and that will definitely create a huge market for me."
Thank you for your continued support to help us achieve food security and to spread the word about the benefits of cassava.
It is yet another frustrating season to the Kenyan farmer. The season started well with farmers planting crops as rains began to fall in October last year. However, the rains subsided two months later in December. A maize/corn crop requires five months of rainfall to mature. This pre-dominant staple food has already began to wither and die off prematurely while in the field. County governments across Kenya have started issuing famine alerts such as “Food security among an estimated 45 percent of the population of the southeastern and coastal marginal agricultural livelihood zones will remain Stressed (IPC Phase 2) during the post-harvest period due to a far below average short rains harvest and its effects on agricultural labor and staple food markets.” However, farmers in our cassava project catchment area are cushioned from total losses.
In the photos is a local farmer, Mr. Francis Muchoki inspecting his drying maize crop. He is again seen admiring his cassava crop which has been able to withstand the drought conditions. He says, " I have learnt a lesson. I will henceforth do cassava cultivation only."
All the best.
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