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Emergency and early recovery support to protect, restore and improve host communities' food security and livelihoods in Kenya

Emergency and early recovery support to protect, restore and improve host communities' food security and livelihoods in Kenya

Full title of the project:

Emergency and early recovery support to protect, restore and improve host communities' food security and livelihoods around Dadaab Refugee camp

Target areas:

Northeastern Kenya

Recipient:
Donor:
Contribution:
USD 2 000 020
Implementation:
01/02/2012-31/12/2012
Project code:
OSRO/KEN/201/JPN
Objective:

To reduce tensions between Dadaab refugees and the host community by improving the food security and nutrition situation of the host community around Dadaab refugee camp.

Key partners:

Ministries of Livestock, Water and Irrigation, District and Provincial Agriculture Offices, NGOs (ADESO, VSF-Belgium, VSF-Swiss, CARE International) and participating communities.

Beneficiaries reached:

11 817 households, exceeding the planned 10 000 households.

Activities implemented:
  • 700 households received 2.25 kg of meat every week for eight weeks through vouchers.
  • 406 500 sheep and goats vaccinated against PPR and CCPP, de-wormed and protected against ecto-parasites.
  • Five Village Community Bank groups set up for different income-generating activities (butchery, fodder production) and their 160 members trained.
  • Exchange visits between Jarajara and Dadaab for 10 people to initiate trade links.
  • Two water pans de-silted through a cash- and voucher-for-work programme.
  • Three boreholes rehabilitated, six borehole operators and four water users’ committees trained in their management and maintenance.
  • 12 irrigation schemes rehabilitated and an additional 108 ha of land opened for cropping.
  • Crop diversification promoted through 12 farmer/pastoral field schools with a membership of 293 people.
Impact:
  • Contributed to improving overall food and nutrition security of host communities.
  • Meat vouchers ensured the most vulnerable had access to vital proteins, while the new butchers set up have provided employment and a source of income for pastoralists.
  • Food and fodder production increased as a result of the opening of 108 ha of land.
  • Water use efficiency increased by rehabilitating boreholes and water harvesting structures, lining canals with leak-proof polythene sheets, redesigning canals, etc.
  • Improved access to water during the dry season improved the body condition of herds and reduced livestock mortality.
  • Post-vaccination follow-up after the 2012 short rains established that none of the beneficiaries reported the loss of goats and sheep to PPR, demonstrating that vital livestock assets were effectively protected.