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Alleviate Food Insecurity in Kibwezi East

Lionel Philidor, center in purple, a member of the Sainte Helene coffee cooperative, poses for a photo with her extended family on the porch of her new home, which she was able to build with the proceeds from selling coffee seedlings, in Ouanaminthe, Haiti, June 17, 2015. She learned how to grow the seedlings and begin a plant nursery through her cooperative, in partnership with RECOCARNO, (Réseau des Coopératives Caféières de la Région Nord) the Network of Northern Coffee-Growing Cooperatives, and LWR. (photo by Allison Shelley for LWR)

The Njaa Marufuku ‘Alleviate Food Insecurity’ project will be implemented in Kibwezi East Sub County, Makueni County, Kenya. It is an arid area where crop growing (sorghum, pigeon peas, green grams, maize, and cowpeas) and livestock keeping are the main source of livelihoods. The project will directly benefit 3,860 smallholder farmers and indirectly reach and estimated 19,300 people over three years.


Despite 74% of the total land in Makueni County being classified as arable and its inhabitants mainly depend on agriculture (crops and livestock) for their livelihood, smallholder farmers in Makueni County are unable to sustain their agricultural livelihoods. This is mainly due to the effects of changing climatic conditions such as reduced and poorly distributed rainfall, hot temperatures, decreasing ground water levels, soil erosion and decreasing soil fertility and environmental degradation that threaten farming in the County. The project is designed to address the current situation in Kibwezi where the agricultural livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kibwezi East are susceptible to effects of reduced and unevenly distributed rainfall, high temperatures and degraded environment.


The overall goal of the project is to increase the resilience of smallholder farmers of Makueni County against the effects of changing weather and environmental conditions. It is strategic objective is to support members of Muungano, a community-based organization, to produce adequate food and cash crops to sustain themselves and their families throughout the year.

Outcome #1

  • Muungano provides sustainable and essential services to members
  • Muungano has organizational strategies, systems, policies, and practices in place and used by leaders
  • Muungano provides services to improve members’ farm productivity [extension and ripping]
  • Muungano provides access to markets for its members
  • Muungano meets members’ financial services needs for farm investment

Outcome #2

  • Targeted smallholder farmers increase their farm productivity
  • Targeted farmers use conservation agriculture practices widely across their farms
  • Targeted farmers operate their farms as viable businesses