Mennonite Central Committee Canada is supporting Utooni Development Organization with a three-year agriculture and livelihoods project in Machakos and Makueni counties, Kenya.
The increased severity of climate change in these regions, including erratic rainfalls and frequent droughts, have made it more difficult for farmers in these areas to grow enough crops for food and income. As a result, many become food insecure when food stocks run out or lack sufficient income to purchase elsewhere. Women farmers face additional challenges due to gender inequality norms that prevent them from accessing essential agriculture tools and services.
Over three years, this project will work with farmers on building capacity and adoption on climate adaptation strategies and farming techniques, improve market strategies, improve quality and access to environmental conservation farming technology, and advocate for gender policy and decision-making at the county and household level that increase women’s capacity to equally participate in farming activities.
The project aims to reach 3,000 households with activities (approximately 21,000 people).