The Mwingi and Tharaka Nithi Locust Response and Recovery (MTLRR) Project is an 8-month livelihood safeguarding project seeking to protect the livelihoods of vulnerable households in Mwingi North that have been affected by the triple shocks of cyclic drought, locust infestation and COVID-19 through a market-based intervention in the form of restricted cash voucher for accessing food items, livestock feed and agricultural inputs including seeds to address food insecurity. The project is being implemented in Mwingi North sub-county of Kitui County which falls under the marginal agricultural livelihood with crop and livestock production zone accounting for 70% of household income while trade, remittances and other off-farm activities put together accounts for only 30% household income. The project target area is experiencing Crisis (IPC Phase 3) according to National drought Management Authority, with a mean reduced coping strategy index (rCSI) of 11.2.
The response efforts have therefore been concentrated only in Mwingi North considering that it has the highest need and was the most affected by the locust infestation in comparison to Tharaka Nithi. The project target still remains 500 households drawn from 7 locations of the sub-county (Kimu-66, Kandwia-62, Mbangwani-62, Maseki-100, Kiseuni-85, Kimangao-75, Kyuso-Gai-50).