The United Church of Canada is supporting National Council of Churches Kenya to respond to effects COVID-19 is having on food security in Mukothima, Nkondi and Chiakariga wards of Kenya. This response is being implemented alongside an ongoing three-year agriculture and livelihoods project.
COVID-19 has greatly impacted farmers ability to grow and sell produce due to limited gathering sizes, interrupted markets and restricted travel. Farmers are unable to access agricultural extension services, access credit required to purchase inputs and sell produce due to closure or limited market opportunities. Household income has also been constrained and more food is required due to urban to rural migration and more children are at home due to the closure of schools. These effects are making an already vulnerable population susceptible to greater food insecurity.
This project aims to minimize the effects of COVID-19 on food insecurity by improving and providing remote agriculture extension services that will allow farmers to continue to receive agronomic and advice and market updates.
Additionally farmers will be encouraged to aggregate together so that farmers can negotiate and receive better market prices for their crops.
The project aims to benefit 4,000 households (approximately 24,000 individuals). This project is being specially funded by Global Affairs Canada.