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Butere Division Project

Nutrition and Food Security

Butere Division Project

Project Scope

The Food Security and Nutrition Improvement intervention in Western Kenya came at a time when the country was reportedly 400,000 MT in deficit on the main staple crop. This resulted from the fact that 4 million people were in dire need of food aid after the country was hit by its worst drought in 37 years and was expected to worsen. Malnutrition prevalence was reported widely in the country, especially among young children.

A baseline survey was conducted before rolling out the program and impact assessment conducted for evaluation purpose. During the project period, many lives were transformed for the better, many lessons learnt and experience gathered and shared with other players in the industry.

Impacts

The three-year project, in partnership with the Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid (CORDAID), of the Netherlands impacted the livelihoods through:

  • Enhancement of food security at household level and in the community through environmentally sound and sustainable agricultural development by reducing food insecurity from 73% to 30% in 3 years
  • Improvement of the nutritional status of the target group (children, mothers and adults) through increased food accessibility, nutrition education and thereby reducing the underweight of the under-fives from 15% to 5%
  • Improvement in the health status of the people living in Western Kenya by increased access to clean water supply, sanitary conditions, and disease control thereby bringing down disease incidence from 62.6% to less than 15% in three years
  • Enhancement and intensification of education on the transmission of HIV/AIDS, and care of HIV/AIDS infected persons bringing down the people at greatest risk from 58% (33% moderate + 25% good chance) to less than 20% within three years

Primary Project Beneficiaries

The primary target beneficiaries in this program included the smallholder and entrepreneurial farmers, and local service providers. Other stakeholders included government officials and financial institutions. Our primary approach targeted diversification to more nutritious diets and improvement of income levels. Improvement in the economic status increases demand for diverse diets. ROA empowered communities to increase awareness on the dangers of both chronic and hidden hunger, among other health issues.
A major recommendation was that going forward, more attention needed to be paid to economic engagement through high value agri activities and markets.

We at ROA continue to support the local authorities in implementing community development initiatives. With regard to food systems we continue to help smallholder farmers to diversify into nutrient-rich African Leafy Vegetable (ALVs) and other indigenous food crops

Research Partner

Catholic Organization for Relief and Development Aid

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