In the arid regions of northern Kenya, the threat of hunger is ever-present. Repeated dry spells due to climate change have exacerbated the vulnerability of agricultural-pastoralist communities, resulting in food insecurity. The Turkana people’s dependence on natural resources, the region’s marginalisation and lack of infrastructure leave them vulnerable to environmental change. The lack of alternative livelihoods has forced many households to rely on means of subsistence that further degrade natural resources. Consequently, a vicious circle of poverty and food insecurity prevails in the region.
The project aims to strengthen the food security and livelihoods of women and their families in poor pastoralist communities in the Kerio and Kangatotha districts of Turkana province. The project aims to create new livelihood opportunities via vocational training and education to achieve its goals. The project grants technical formation in beekeeping, honey processing and basket weaving. The project also supports market access for meat, honey and baskets. Solidarity between groups has been built through establishing community-based savings and lending groups, which have supported cooperation between locals.
This project supports and aligns with the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).