Cassava growing for food security in Kenya

by PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress
Sep 7, 2011

1st report- thank you!

Ekila feeding her cow
Ekila feeding her cow

Dear Donors,

I want to thank you for support our cassava for food security project.  It is going much better than anyone could have predicted.  One example is Mrs.Ekila Wanjiku, a woman in my village, who keeps 3 cows for milk production.  Earnings from the sale of the milk forms a crucial part of her family's income. Until March this year, she was feeding her cows on cornmercial-made feeds. She was buying these at Ksh.2,000.00 or $23 per week. The daily milk output by then was about 10 litres.

As part of our cassava project for food security, Ekila's family was given cassava cuttings to plant in May 2010.  By December 2010, their crop was mature.  They used the crop for their food supply. In addition, they decided to try feed the cassava to their cows. They ground the roots into flour and fed it to their cows and their cows liked it!  Amazingly, the daily milk output from the cows has increased by 50% to 15 litres per day. The family has an additional income of Ksh 125.00 or $1.50 daily from the milk and Ksh 3,750.00 or $44 monthly.  It is important to note that Ekila is feeding the cows on completely organic feeds from her own plot, saving Ksh. 2,000.00 or $23 per week she was spending earlier.

Ekila happily states, " I am now sure of maintaining my children in school." According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N., cassava roots have the highest concentration of starch among all food crops. The leaves are abundantly rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals. Brazil, the world's biggest milk producer, relies on cassava for livestock feeds.  We would like to see this replicated in villages all over Kenya!

Many thanks again!  You are changing lives for the better!

Until next time,


Visitor talking to community member about cassava
Visitor talking to community member about cassava



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

Location: Lilburn, GA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Angie Gust
PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress
Lilburn, GA Kenya

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

Still want to help?

Support another project run by PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.