Building upon local efforts, LWR is partnering with Kimira – Oluch Farmers Development Group (KOFDEG) to maximize the existing irrigation infrastructure, boost land productivity and increase smallholder farmers’ income so families in the region can be food secure. The project will focus on the three pillars that contribute to food security: availability, access and utilization by building the capacity of KOFDEG to serve its members and increasing production.
Kimira and Oluch Irrigation schemes are located in Rachuonyo North and Homa Bay districts in Western Kenya. The Government of Kenya funded a project to establish an irrigation infrastructure in the region in order to combat frequent crop failures and the resulting food insecurity. Despite these efforts, the farmers of Kimira and Oluch are still food insecure. This is because the farmers’ organizations lack the systems, technical skills, and market linkages to promote their members’ interests. Furthermore, individual farmers lack savings and produce a limited amount of both horticulture and staple foods. In April 2014, to effectively coordinate production and marketing activities within the irrigation schemes, LWR facilitated the formation and registration Kimira Oluch Farmers Development Group with leadership from both Irrigation Water Users Associations in Homa Bay County.
The goal of the project is to contribute to improved household food security among smallholder farmers in Kimira and Oluch through the following two outcomes:
Targeted farmers in Kimira and Oluch irrigation schemes receive quality and sustainable services
Targeted farmers in Kimira and Oluch irrigation schemes increase incomes and food supply at the household level