Responding to Drought in Kenya by Supporting Farmers (slideshow)

October 4, 2011—Successive seasons of failed rains have resulted in critical widespread water shortages and crop failures, and have contributed to mass livestock deaths, threatening the livelihoods and daily survival of communities in eastern Kenya. In June 2011, the Government of Kenya declared the drought situation a national disaster with over 2.9 million people in need of assistance to date. The severity of the 2011 drought in Kenya has been further exacerbated by rising food prices, sporadic conflict over resources, and interrupted local market systems.

In response, CHF is implementing the Protecting and Restoring Economic Sustainability to Ensure Reduced Vulnerability (PRESERV) project with funding from USAID/OFDA. PRESERV aims to assist more than 30,000 people by protecting livelihoods through improved access to income and agricultural support. This is being accomplished by integrating emergency cash assistance with agricultural inputs and training for affected farmers. Capacity building and training focuses on increasing yields by using drought-appropriate planting methods and promoting agriculture-based income generation. PRESERV also includes cash-for-work to support agricultural production through activities such as the construction of water harvesting systems and other activities that bolster agricultural production. Other activities include Seed Fairs, which connect farmers to seed vendors to ensure that farmers are able to plant critical staple food crops in time for the most important rainy period and support for livestock by providing vulnerable households with fodder during the most critical period.

Learn more about CHF's drought response activities in East Africa.

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