Canadian Baptist Ministries is supporting Africa Christian Church & Schools with a three-year agriculture and livelihood project in Kithegi and Itabua, Kenya. Food systems in the region are affected by low farm productivity as a result of climate change, high prevalence of crop and livestock diseases and pest, low soil fertility and high cost of farm inputs. This negatively impacts food security and household livelihood opportunities.
Over three years, this project aims to improve food and livelihoods security for 1,400 households (approximately 7,000 individuals) by building farmer capacity on conservation agriculture (CA) practices, village and savings and loans association management (VSLA), input acquisition and marketing skills.
The project will also partner with local community and school youth groups to encourage youth involvement in agriculture, which has declined in recent years.
A focus on gender equality will also be key in all project activities to ensure men and women have equal access to resources, tasks are equitably split between men and women, and benefits are equally shared.