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Household food security In

Household Food Security

Ultimate Outcome: Improved food and economic security for rural women, men and children in Kenya by 2014.

The sustainable livelihoods component is aimed at strengthening the capacity of most vulnerable households and community based organizations to better cope with the impact of disease and poverty.  The HIV/AIDS epidemic adds an element of vulnerability to pre-existing situations of food insecurity and poverty in many parts of Kenya.  Many households are rapidly depleting their resources to cope with this reality.

The strengthening of community responses to HIV/AIDS through Sustainable Livelihoods (SCRALI) was conceived to respond to a critical gap in HIV/AIDS programs in Kenya.  The program’s focus is to address the programming gap where the conventional responses to HIV/AIDS mainly focus on medical solutions, care and education with limited attention to mitigate the impacts of the disease and vulnerability to HIV infection through sustainable livelihoods.  The SCRALI program is a key component of WEMIHS strategic plan and is therefore in line with the organizations vision of “healthy and empowered communities”.

The project employs a gender-sensitive sustainable livelihoods approach (SLA) to engage vulnerable men and women and their communities in the key components of the project – farm production, income-generating activities (IGAs) and marketing, group savings and lending, empowerment, and capacity building.

Beneficiaries

Directly benefiting 1,500 vulnerable households most affected by disease (HIV/AIDS) and poverty.

Reaching over 8,000 beneficiaries through households and community targeted interventions

Working with 57community groups in 9 locations

Outcomes

  1. Improved ability of rural women and men to engage in sustainable agricultural production and livestock management
  2. Increased ability of vulnerable men and women in the project area to engage in marketing and income generating activities (IGAs)
  3. Increased access to savings and credit for vulnerable men and women in the project area
  4. Increased awareness and ability of vulnerable men and women to participate in local development policy processes, institutions and programs