Food Sovereignty

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This program promotes food sovereignty and sustainable community livelihoods as the main social determinants for community well-being. ICE aims at enhancing communities’ adaptive capacity to effects of climate change through promoting cultivation of the most important indigenous crop varieties that are more resilient; organic farming and livelihood diversification among the small holder farmers with the aim of enhancing their food sovereignty. A key strategy used in this program is development of ecological calendars

achievements

  • 5381 households in all target areas have been cushioned against food shortage and promoted their resilience against climatic challenges. They have managed to boost their farm production by more than 30% hence enhancing food sovereignty and livelihood support systems. Farmers have also widened their food base through diversification of crops and animals.The livelihood options adopted include rearing of poultry, rabbit and goat to enhance their resilience to climate change.
  • Twelve (12) varieties of indigenous seeds have been revived for recuperation in Meru, Machakos, Tharaka-Nithi and Kiambu Counties.
  • At least 800 farmers have adopted agro-ecological practices including agro-forestry, use of terraces and water and soil conservation techniques.
  • Over 100 households have effective cereal storage structures Over 470 households acquired water harvesting and storage tanks.

success stories

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    FARMING IN...

    Farmers who hold small parcels of land strive to attain high productivity, despite these size of their lands which they have homestead in them too. However, with decreasing land sizes as a result of land subdivision, it is getting more difficult to survive on farming alone. Meru is one...

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    Eunice Ngoki,...

    At Ngurumo village, Ntakira Location, Meru, she is known as queen of arrow-roots. Eunice Ngoki is a member of Meru Jitegemee group. After training on agro-ecological farming and need to revive indigenous seed and crops, Eunice decided to specialise on arrow-roots among other crops that had disappeared in the...

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  • kitchen-gardens-providing-food-security-and-income

    Kitchen Gardens...

    “As a flower blossoms, so shall be my kitchen garden”, those are the words that keeps reminding her to put more effort in what she does. Agnes Wairimu is a member of Nyamutuagaki Women Self Help Group, one of the groups ICE started to work with through Climate Seed,...

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  • kamburu-gets-a-second-chance

    Kamburu Gets...

    The small garden occupying about an eighth of an acre is a beautiful sight to look at. On one side of the garden are neat rows of cabbages planted next to a bumper crop of beans inter-planted with maize. One can tell that the maize was planted recently because at...

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    When Small...

    It is apparent that the success a farmer gets from a certain crop is dependent on many other things besides just rain. In Masinga, the farmers have ascertained that apart from rain, fertilisation and cultivation, the method of land preparation also matters a lot. Techniques such as deep digging...

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  • sweet-potatoes-save-a-village

    Sweet Potatoes...

    James and Salome Wagara hail from Kamburu village in Central Kenya. The couple owns a small piece of land where they live and farm. Tea is a major crop here alongside dairy cattle keeping and chicken rearing. It has been tough these last few years for the Wagaras. “The...

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