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Ebukhaya smallholder leafy vegetables, tomatoes and onion production and marketing project in Kenya

Requested by

African Pride Centre

Who are you trying to help? What issue are you trying to address?

This project aims at contributing to dealing with the poverty situation, food insecurity, inadequate access to education for children and increased crime in the area through promoting horticulture in the area.

Ebukhaya sub-location in Emuhaya district has an area of 3.04 square kilometers. In 2009, its population was estimated at 1855 males and 2065 female. Population density is high -1290.28 (and rising); as is the dependency ratio of 0.906 (every 10 working persons support over 9 dependents). Poverty is widespread, and Ebukhaya’s social indicators are among the lowest in Kenya. According to poverty analyses based on the 2004/5 Kenya Integrated Household Budget Survey (KIHBS) data, over 65% of people in Ebukhaya live below the poverty line. Children are the most affected, as their schooling needs are inadequately met, leading to deplorable performances in national examinations. Young people have also turning to excessive drinking of the local ’chang’aa’ alcohol, which is taking a heavy toll on their health. Women also suffer in the whole mix, which has a major bearing on their health and esteem.

What is your project and how will it help?

The approach will include awareness creation, capacity enhancement, direct support and advocacy. The project’s impacts are expected to be felt at households level through increased incomes and greater participation of women; with indicators such as increased access of children to quality education, improved household nutrition, etc.

The main issues facing Ebukhaya’s agriculture are low productivity and profitability, which have been characterized by low and stagnant yields, due to lack of the requisite skills. Consequently, majority of Ebukhaya people face severe food insecurity for larger parts of the year and poverty in general. It is estimated that over 90% of households run out of food between 4 and 6 months after corn harvest, and seek opportunities of earning supplementary income to purchase food on the market. These have impacted negatively on children’s access to education. In consequence, crime and use of drugs has increased – with impacts like increased HIV/AIDS-related deaths; leaving many children orphaned. Promotion of horticulture holds the promise of change. This proposal seeks to work towards this. The project aims to contribute to poverty reduction, food security, increased access of children to education and reduction in crime in Ebukhaya by:

• Promoting the intensification, diversification and quality of the existing cropping systems, and
• Improving post-harvest handling of horticultural goods and the marketing.

How can other people partner with you on your project?

Other people can partner with our project through supporting us with the resources required to undertake the project, and also through exchange of expertise and knowledge. Experience sharing through exchange visits to areas that have confronted this problem can be quite eye-opening for the locals.

Please detail the resources that you need.

US Dollars 2800 (See Attached Budget).

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Partnership types

Doing business with the poor; Project funding; Provision of services / personnel

Regions / countries / territories

Africa: Kenya

Global issues

Agriculture, aquaculture and forestry; Children, youth and family welfare; all (8)




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