Ace Africa’s Community Livelihoods Initiative
Ace Africa Developing Communities
Bungoma County, Western Kenya, Kenya
Unsustainable agricultural practices have caused diminished food production, food insecurity and malnutrition. These practices include: reliance on two cash crops (maize and sugarcane), use of non-certified seeds, and dependence on chemical fertilizers. Farmers have found themselves in a vicious cycle: increasing chemical fertilization to enhance short-term crop productivity, but damaging the environment, and lowering yields over time.
A baseline survey, with the help of an ACE Africa food security officer, has led to forming largely female community groups. These groups have learned about environmentally-friendly agricultural techniques: e.g. sack, keyhole, and tyre gardening; organic compost production and pest control; as well as the nutritional value of local crops which both preserve natural resources and reverse the damage caused by excessive chemical fertilization. Each group has received startup seeds and tools to establish flourishing kitchen gardens. ACE Africa has also provided follow-up training.
Since Ace Africa first engaged with Bungoma County, over 73,000 community members have established 19,157 kitchen gardens. 20,437 community members have transitioned from food insecurity (one meal a day – or less!) to food security (three meals a day). Innovative, sustainable agricultural techniques have improved soil and water quality, reduced groundwater contamination, and diminished nutrition-based diseases (night blindness, scurvy).
Ace Africa plans to network with like-minded persons to pioneer innovation in water, air and food security. The WAFAward would both endorse ACE Africa’s work and support its applications for funding to grow its success in sustainable food production and water conservation.
Innovative, sustainable agricultural techniques have improved soil and water quality, reduced groundwater contamination, and diminished nutrition-based diseases