World Renew is supporting Anglican Development Services – Mt. Kenya (ADS-MK) with an additional phase of support to respond to the effects of COVID-19 Murang’a County, Kenya.
This support is being implemented alongside an ongoing conservation agriculture project, currently in its fifth and final year. COVID-19 is making it difficult for many project activities to continue and farmers struggle to succeed due to limited gathering sizes, travel restrictions and interrupted market access. Farmers are unable to receive agriculture extension services, find alternative employment, or easily make market linkages to sell crops at a good price. As much of the population in this area depends on agriculture and are already vulnerable due to poverty and worsening climatic conditions, these risks could have a significant impact on food security.
This project aims to reduce this risk by strengthening mobile agriculture support services that will be used to communicate agronomic practices and market information, improving and making grain storage tools and facilities available to farmers so that they can sell crops at better prices once the market stabilizes, focusing on aggregating farmers together so that produce can be sold at a better price, and connecting farmers with local agriculture suppliers to ensure farmers can access the inputs they need for the next growing season, which is more difficult to achieve individually due to disrupted supply chains. Altogether these activities will benefit 3,000 families (approximately 12,000 individuals) and the total budget is $117,750.
This project is part of the Global Affairs Canada COVID-19 grant.