Food and nutrition security of the samburu and turkana pastoral communities

In many rural parts of Kenya, Samburu communities urgently need support to grow a variety of foods for their children to thrive. To prevent children from going hungry and to improve their well-being, nutritious food must be available to families, and communities must have the means to produce it.

The project intends to contribute to improve the means of subsistence as well as food and nutrition security of the Samburu and Turkana pastoral communities in the Arid and Semi- arid Lands of the Samburu County, located in northern Kenya.

In this context, the strategy of the project foresees implementing an Integrated Agricultural System (IAS) based on the interaction of agriculture, forestry, breeding and agriculture’s elements. The aim is to use the available resources as efficiently as possible in order to foster development and income-generating opportunities, while minimising the impact on the environment. IAS’ core is the creation of agro-pastoral community committees meant to reinforce local capabilities of promoting development initiatives through a bottom-up approach and to establish mutual aid dynamics among communities.

About Our Programs

To help communities provide for their children’s basic needs, L’Albero della Vita’s Hunger and Livelihoods programs focus on improving the food supply, farming and pastoral practices and finances of families in need.

  • We provide basic food staples to families following a natural disaster or emergency.
  • We teach parents about the importance of providing their children with the right variety of foods to prevent malnutrition.
  • We train small-scale farmers on how to prevent the loss of crops or livestock due to drought, floods or disease.
  • We guide family farmers on how to grow more nutritious foods, in larger quantities to eat or to sell, and how to raise animals for meat, eggs or milk.

The challenge is to ensure that this quality of development is guaranteed not only within the local community, but also on an international global community level. This can and must be a central objective for the entire international community and may be significantly helped by decentralised cooperation.

Beneficiaries: more than 870 people (pastoral communities have been encouraged to embraced arable and paultry farming as an alternative source of livelihood).

2017-02-10T09:20:01+00:0010-02-2017|Categories: Development|Tags: , , |