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Progress Update-Zero Hunger through Mixed Farming

OLCAP is implementing a Zero Hunger Through Mixed Farming project in Kakamega County, Western Kenya. The project aims to provide families with a balanced diet and extra income by engaging in indigenous goat and chicken rearing, as well as indigenous vegetable cultivation. 

In collaboration with the local government and Sub-County agricultural officials, the following milestones have so far been achieved:

  1. A three-day workshop on sustainable mixed farming comprising of theoretical sessions, practical demonstrations, case studies, and group discussions to foster active participation and facilitate effective learning.

The workshop covered the following topics: 

i) Mixed farming practices and the benefits of diversification in agriculture. 

ii) Entrepreneurial skills for effective management of mixed farming enterprises for profitability. 

iii) Mixed farming practices for long-term productivity and that livelihoods enhancement. 

 iv) Market survey strategies and value addition of agricultural products 

v) Effective book and record keeping of mixed farming activities, along with meticulous income and expenditure accounting, to monitor progress and address any shortfalls.

vi) Best practices for savings and investments for long-term sustainability of mixed farming enterprises.

vii) The workshop set up a demonstration farm to offer ongoing practical lessons and guidance. Trainers included Dr. Anyika, an agribusiness specialist, Dr. Mwangi, a mixed farming expert, Veterinarian Mr. Andati, and Mr Atoli, the Agriculture technician.

viii) Participants are expected to leverage the knowledge and skills acquired to improve their livelihoods through diversified and profitable farming practices.

2. The ten women received support to construct suitable shelters for their goats and chickens.

  • Providing proper housing is crucial for successful animal rearing. Participants learned how to use locally sourced materials for construction of animal sheds.

4. The ten women were supported to procure goats and chicken to rear. 

  • Additionally, they were also supplied with chicken feeds, various vegetable seeds, as well as a selection of poultry farming equipment and items such as feeders, watering systems, and disinfectants.
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