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Farming for the Future

Farming for the Future

Kathemboni Irrigation Project in Kitui County in Eastern Kenya is one of the Disaster Risk Reduction projects that WFP is implementing to assist communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change, particularly drought.

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Farmers are taught simple skills such as creating sunken beds which help retain the water.

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Farmers irrigate their crops and sunken beds help to keep the water from running off.
 

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Farmers are taking advantage of the water from the Athi River to irrigate their crops.

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The farmers use donkeys to carry water from the river to the farms

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The farmers work collectively on the communal land where each is allocated a plot. They then replicate the skills they learn on their indivudual farms.

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By adapting simple technologies, farmers are able to grow enough food for their families and sometimes have surplus to sell at the local market.

Through Cash/Food for Assets, WFP is working with communities in Kenya to build their resilience in coping with climate change, particularly frequent droughts. Communities are taught how to use simple skills and technologies for irrigation, rain water harvesting and soil and water conservation in order to improve their food security situation.