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by Saadia Maalim
Kenya has made significant strides in improving its education system in recent years. Since primary education was made free and compulsory in 2003, primary school enrolment rates have increased across most of the country, however, progress has been slower in some northern regions such as Marsabit County.
In 2011, the residents of Wajir South’s Kulaley Division in Kenya, experienced a long and devastating drought that claimed thousands of lives and most of their livestock. To date, food insecurity levels in the area have increased significantly due to lack of rainfall.
Published June 4, 2015 – by Frederick Juma
In the arid lands of northern Kenya, the migration of herders with their livestock in search of pasture often implies the onset of tough times for those who remain behind, as mothers, children and the elderly are forced to depend on wild fruits, charcoal burning and relief food from aid agencies and governments to survive. The herders who move with livestock also face the threat of cattle rustling due to competition over water and pasture.
The project is supported by the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) under the USAID funded Resilience for Economic Growth in Arid Lands- Improved Resilience (REGAL-IR) program. Prior to the project Paulina did not possess suﬃcient knowledge about the beneﬁts of feeding her grandchild a more balanced diet. This is a perspective which is widely shared among many of the mothers interviewed in the area. Part of the training provided included identifying the optimal age to start complementary feeding. This includes supplementing the child’s diet with energy, iron and vitamin A.
Members of the environmental club at Nomadic Girls Boarding Primary School in Kalacha, Marsabit Count in Kenya, were excited when their new vegetable garden produced its first harvest of kale and spinach. The girls donated their first harvest to the school kitchen to supplement the evening meal for 700 pupils, creating palpable excitement in the school dining hall.
Residents of Kaputir Ward, Turkana County, never imagined that conflict between the Turkana and Pokot communities in Northern Kenya would escalate to the heights witnessed in recent years. Conflict between the Turkana and Pokot communities is one of the greatest threats to drought resilience for these vulnerable communities. Cross-border armed conflict over resources has increased following the severe drought ravaging parts of Northern Kenya.
Boru Kasa a 33 years old farmer in Dakabarisha location, in Marsabit County, has learned the value of using maize stalks and cobs to produce fodder as a source of animal feed. In addition to using it for his own livestock, proceeds from the sale of surplus fodder have helped increase his income, which means he is now more resilient to shocks, including recurring droughts.
Nairobi, April 10th, 2015 – On April 7th, 2015 the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) revoked the licenses of 13 Money Remittance Providers (MRPs) based in Nairobi, in an effort to curb the financing of terrorism. This decision came in the wake of the April 2nd, 2015 terrorist attack that took place at Garissa University College, killing at least 148 people and follows similar closures over past months in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. The undersigned agencies express their sincere condolences to the victims’ families and the people of Kenya.
By Naomi Senda
Poverty, cultural practices, and the pastoralist lifestyle of the Samburu community have greatly contributed to the high levels of illiteracy among the women of Laisamis District of Marsabit County, Kenya.
The political leaders of the Turkana and Pokot tribes met in historical peace talks in North Kenya on Friday January 30th. The leaders were united for the first time to negotiate ways to reach peace.
Dry, deserted lands in the north near the borders of Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan are the most unstable parts of Kenya, mostly because of disputes over land use, cattle-rustling and the increasing amount of automatic weapons. For young men, the cattle-rustling is a rite towards adulthood. Being a fighter is a legitimate career option.
Despite gains made by the Kenyan government in recent years, for many children living in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands education remains a far-fetched dream. In counties such as Marsabit, which are predominantly inhabited by pastoralists who seasonally migrate in search of pasture, accessing the formal schooling system is particularly challenging. As a result, the County exhibits the poorest education indicators in Kenya, with literacy levels as low as 20%.
by Abshir Mohamed
Not so long ago, the idea of rice production in Kenya’s arid and semi-arid lands, dominated by pastoralist communities, would have raised more than a few skeptical eyebrows. Nestled some 90 kilometers from Garissa town in the small village of Jarajara, a group of 45 families, all livestock keepers, are about to challenge those perceptions.
In Garissa’s arid landscapes of Abaqdera, crop farming is a budding practice. First time farmers Isnino Bile and her colleagues are excited about their accomplishments so far.
“We had our first harvest during Ramadhan (in July) and I harvested five buckets of chilies, 10 jerry cans of tomatoes, and two-and-a-half bags of maize which I sold for KES 55,250 (USD 650),” says Isnino. She expects to make about KES 100,000 (USD 1,200) by the end of the harvest. This is no small feat for a small-scale farmer in Kenya, where the average GDP per capita is under USD 1,000 per year.
For many rural communities, accessing development projects from the central government or county government is not easy. It is even tougher when the village is in a far-flung area in the arid northern Kenya, such as Burder village. Located in Wajir County, the village is three hours away by road from the nearest town, and 700 kilometres away from the country’s capital. Until recently, residents lacked basic health and sanitation facilities.
By Fatuma Jimale
As communities across the arid northern Kenya gear up for the possibility of drought and worry about the effects it might have on their lives, one group in the outskirts of Isiolo Town is counting its blessings. The Mawazo Bora self-help group is about to complete harvesting tomatoes, which they grew in part of their two-acre group farm.
Conflict over natural resources has increased in Kenya especially among pastoralist communities. In Garissa County, where many pastoralist communities reside, population increases are leading to higher need for water, pasture and fuel wood. These needs, coupled with the lack of an organized way of managing natural resources, have led to many incidents of conflict. Because of these difficulties, Adeso’s Resilience and Economic Growth in the Arid Lands – Improving Resilience (REGAL-IR) project is working with the community to map their natural resources and agree on how to manage them.
When I visited Yusuf Kassa in Sagarte Location in Marsabit Central at the tail end of February 2014, he was just starting to harvest his maize and beans crop, and was foreseeing a bumper harvest soon, unlike the usual meager production of weevil-infested grain. “I am expecting a very good harvest this time. In the last two seasons, I got a total six bags of maize, which was very good, but now am expecting to do even better. I think this time I will get at least 10 bags,” said Yussuf during Adeso’s visit.
“I never knew that keeping KSH 50 (around USD $0.60) would have such a big impact on my life – now I know! By saving KSH 50 every week, the stock in my shop, which was initially only five kilograms of sugar worth KSH 325 ($4) has now grown to KSH 5,000 ($60),” said Jenerica Aule.
Until recently, Abaqdera settlement in Garissa County, Northeastern Kenya, had a very hard time retaining its teachers due to lack of proper accommodation. According to School Chairman, Isse Abdi Ali, this meant that the local primary school’s 100 pupils missed significant amounts of class time and scored poorly on national-level tests.