Drylands Development (DRYDEV) Program

Purpose:

Kitui is a dry county with minimal and inconsistent rain throughout the year. Dry-lands Development Programme (DRYDEV) is a farmer-led initiative to enhance water management, food security, and rural economic development in Kitui rural and Mwingi sub-counties. The programme focuses on enhancing natural resource and water management at community level, increasing food productions through value-chain development and financial linkages while at the same time advocating for an environment that enable rural economic growth. This 5 year consortium programme is funded by Directorate-General for International Cooperation (DGIS) Netherlands, and together with World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), World Vision, Caritas and SNV we are working smart to make a difference in the lives of people in the dry-lands

Impact:

Direct beneficiaries – 10,398 farmers

Indirect beneficiaries – 62,338 farmers

To find out what exactly the terms direct and indirect beneficiary means, click here

Team:

Eric, June, Johnson, Sam and Angeline are great guys.

Location:

Eastern Province: Kitui County: Waita and Kanyangi locations

History:

DRYDEV is part of a five year, multi-sector project, funded by the DGIS of the Netherlands. ADRA Kenya, along with SNV, World Vision and Caritas all work together to make a difference in the lives of people in Kitui County.

Partners:

The DRYDEV program is the brain child of the World Agroforestry Centre (or ICRAF), and is funded through the DGIS of the Netherlands.

Funding:

$152 000 per year


Enhancing Adaptive Capacity (EAC) Project

Purpose:

Living in arid and semi-arid requires flexibility and readiness to adapt. For this reason we are working hard to help communities in Kitui county to be more resilient and adaptive to the effects of climate change. The overall goal of our Enhancing Adaptive Capactity (EAC) project is to increase food security and environmental management. Some of that involves promotion of drought-tolerant crops, environmental and soil conservation, and community capacity building. Funding for this project comes from the Adaption Fund through the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

Impact:

Direct beneficiaries – 1,100 farmers

Indirect beneficiaries – 6,600 people

Team:

Jorum – he’s the capable gentleman leading EAC’s work.

Location:

Kitui county

Partners:

The Adaptation fund through the National Environmental Management Authority of Kenya (NEMA).

Funding:

$ 268,685.81


Food Today and Tomorrow for Mandera (FTTM) Project

Purpose:

Mandera is a hot, dry and isolated place that is plagued with drought all-year round. Thanks to the Canadian Food Grains Bank and ADRA Canada, ADRA Food for Today and Tomorrow (FTTM) project works to improve food security of the local communities through agricultural and livestock value-added chain. Some of our activities include farmer managed natural regeneration, pastoral field schools, vegetable growing, and water saving technologies.

Impact:

Direct beneficiaries – 4,000 people

Indirect beneficiaries – 3,760 people

To find out what exactly the term direct beneficiary means, click here

Team:

David Ndwiga is the project manager while David Kitheka is the agricultural officer for our FTTM project based in Takaba, Mandera county.

Location:

Mandera county: Takaba

Partners:

Our FTTM project is funded by the Canadian Food Grains Bank , a Swedish consortium of donors through ADRA Canada

Funding:

US$ 531,658.60 (CAD 671,593.80)


Building Resilience Against Climate Effects (BRACE) Project

Purpose:

How do I continue farming and providing for my family when the rains are no longer consistent or enough to keep my crops growing?

Each year, more and more families in Mwingi (Kitui County, Kenya) face this question. Consecutive failed rainy seasons coupled with unpredictable weather mean traditional income streams like agriculture farming are increasingly strained.

Through this project we see community-driven ideas put into action; allowing families to establish diverse business and farming opportunities and give them a chance to earn consistent income no matter what the weather brings.

The BRACE project features many components – kitchen gardens (ensuring families can still grow the nutritious vegetables they need), soap making (using natural and local products) and basket weaving (using masters basket weavers and the local sisal product) – all of which help families diversify their income and brings financial stability.

Team:

Sylvester and Aaron manage the project from our Mwingi office

Impact:

Direct beneficiaries – 400 households or 2400 people

Indirect beneficiaries – 16,800 people

Want to know exactly what is the difference between direct and indirect beneficiaries? click here

Interesting Facts:

The area has bi-modal rainfall, and has historically received 574mm of precipitation annually (the majority in April and November), however last year Mwingi Central received only 414mm. The riverbeds in the area are dry eleven months per year!

History:

BRACE is a continuation of our completed Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Project, which was based in the same location in Mwingi from 2012-2014. These projects furthered the work of ADRA Kenya’s 2011 Horn of Africa disaster response, funded by ADRA Australia.

Location:

Mwingi Central Sub-County, is located 170km from the capital of Kenya, Nairobi. It has a population of 83,687.

Partners:

BRACE is fully funded through our partner office ADRA Germany (ADH East Africa Funds, ADH DRR Funds).

Funding:

144 262 EUR