Cassava growing for food security in Kenya

by PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress
Vetted
May 10, 2013

May 2013 Report

Isaac inspecting his cassava crop
Isaac inspecting his cassava crop

5/2013

 

Maragua Division, Kenya

Dear Friends,

Our cassava project to increase food security and improve the economic situation of my community members has continued to do well and help persons earn a better income. I want to tell you about two of my community members,  who have benefitted.

Isaac Mburu is a 22- year old young man from Murang'a. He recently joined college to study a diploma course in Mechanical Engineering. Last October, Isaac requested his parents to allow him to grow his own cassava on their land.  We offered him cuttings to plant on  a half acre plot. Isaac plans to rent a larger plot with the proceeds from his investment. He says," I am sure to make enough money to offset some of the expenses in college."  See photo of Isaac inspecting his crop.

Mrs. Ekila Wanjiku is a community member who, upon realizing the popularity that cassava products have gained in the area, opened a restaurant business that is majorly dealing with cassava based foods. Ekila sells cassava chapattis, doughnuts and porridge at her new business situated in the village market. She excitedly says, " The business is doing well and I would encourage my fellow women to set up such businesses now that we are growing cassavas in our own plots and milling is available and cheap."  See photo of Mrs. Wanjiku in her resuarant.

Kenya has recently adopted a devolved system of government with political power decentralized to the various counties. Every county government is supposed to drive development in the respective county. Murang'a  county is rural with poverty and food insecurity being some of its major challenges. We were privileged to host some of the county government officials in a visit to the project. They wanted to learn about cassava farming and its socio-economic benefits. We strive to set pace to the rest of the County in conquering poverty and food insecurity.  See photo of officials during their visit.

I am grateful to have this opportunity to help make a change in my community.  Thank you for helping us !! We feel inspire by your support.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Michael

Mrs. Wanjiku in her restaurant
Mrs. Wanjiku in her restaurant
County government officials visiting our project
County government officials visiting our project
Isaac inspecting his cassava crop
Isaac inspecting his cassava crop
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PATHWAYS Leadership for Progress

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

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