Food & Nutrition
Agriculture contributes approximately 25% to Kenya’s GDP and employs directly and indirectly 75% of the population. There is a sizeable proportion of the population that is food insecure and this provides a good opportunity for women and youth to step in and tap into solution gap through gainful engagement in the agricultural sector. Under the new governance framework that was ushered in by the Constitution of Kenya 2010, Agriculture is majorly a devolved function presenting an opportunity for a closer collaboration with the County Governments to promote food security and nutrition.
Value addition is key so as to ensure that the producer retains most of the earnings. The following is a good guide on how to succeed on this: [MESSI PRINCIPLE]
- Market – created, negotiated, established – need to have one before engaging in an agricultural activity. Market is what you do to solve a problem
- Efficiency – determined through the processes
- Scale – it impacts on how you engage the market. Increased production and aggregation
- Specialization – you cannot do everything (when you understand an area, you will know how to respond)
- Innovation – don’t do what others are doing. We seek to try new ways of doing things. Applying our minds to do things differently
NYOGAYA Foundation is currently engaged in promoting food production using greenhouses and open farming. The income earned from the activities are ploughed back to support the work of the institution and other programmatic work. The widows engaged in our programmes are committed to growth and learning by borrowing from best practices and thus sustaining the work that we are engaged in and broadening the scope and impact of our interventions. We have also partnered with like minded organizations such as SERV International to do feeding programmes in schools .
We also provide nutritious food rations for widows and orphans and organise free medical camps in partnership with different stakeholders. We are committed to sharing from our experiences beyond Siaya County where we are currently based.