The context

Lake Baringo is located in central Kenya within the Molo River basin, one of the streams that originate from the Mau Forest, the largest mountain rainforest in East Africa and the largest water reserve in Kenya, severely deforested over the last few decades.

The intervention area belongs to the semi-arid belt of the country, particularly vulnerable to the phenomenon of climate change, where years of drought alternate with years of floods. This situation has serious repercussions on the food security of the population already compromised by unsustainable livestock and farming practices, which contribute to the fragile degradation of the territory. Another consequence is the periodic worsening of conflicts between populations due to the scarce resources available.

Contea di Baringo, Kenya

Contea di Baringo, Kenya

 
The Objectives

The project aims to improve the living conditions of rural communities in the area of Lake Baringo by promoting food security through innovative and sustainable models of agriculture and livestock and by involving women and young people personally.

Project Details
Country

Kenya,

Location

County of Baringo, Kenya,

recipients

492 farming families.

 
The Activities
  1. Pig farming
    Support for pig farming through the supply of materials, equipment and a first group of pigs for fattening. This activity, which initially involves five community groups, is experimental and aims to involve other breeders for possible future expansion.
  2. Support for women’s groups in agricultural activities
    Supply to four different groups of women – previously involved in agricultural production activities – of four silos for storing seeds for their use in subsequent agricultural seasons.
  3. Introduction to aquaculture
    Circular economy experimentation that provides for vertical integration between fish farming, poultry farming and horticulture. It is a system calibrated to the needs and abilities of the women involved: a small chicken coop is positioned above the fish tank. The manure of the chickens falls into the tank and favors the development of microplankton which the fish feed on. A small vegetable garden is created above the chicken coop, which is used to produce what the chickens feed on, which in turn is irrigated with nutrient-rich water from the fish tank.
  4. Production of flour and feed
    Support to a small business for the production of highly nutritious flours from cricket and soldier fly larvae farms. The former are used for the production of flours for human consumption, while the latter to produce feed for pigs.
  5. Dairy goat breeding
    Support for three groups of women for the construction of as many dairy goat farms, a breed that must be housed and for which particular nutrition must be taken care of in order to obtain good quantities of milk.

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