KATA Hunger Project is going to help struggling Women Farmers in Kenya by Empowering, teaching and training them to be better more efficient farmers so they can provide for their family year around
The KATA Hunger Project has teamed up with the Women Farmer's Association of Kenya❤️ to help make things better.
"Our organization will offer our full support to KATA's manager Florence Kimiti and the KATA Hunger Project," says director Winnie Muriithi. "We will empower, help educate and train women to be better more efficent farmers so they can provide for their family year around."
KATA Hunger Project will provide four kilos of home-grown fresh fruits and vegetables per week per family member selected for the program for 13 weeks.
"This will gives these women three months to get things going for the future," says KATA director Bob Anderson. "With the food we are providing plus the training we think the success rate will be high."
These women need to know what crops to plant, what fertilizer to use, how to deal with the water issue and tricks of the trade. These are just some of the things they will be taught over the 13 weeks period. When they pick up their free food weekly, they will get 30 minutes or more of training as well.
Bob Anderson leased two acres of land for three years not far from Embu on August 1 to get things rolling. There were some fruit trees already on the property, but they were not well maintained. The rest of the land was not being used for anything. There are 30 banana trees, 11 mango trees and two avocado trees on the property and with better care they will produce a lot of fruit for the KATA Hunger Project.
"After securing the two acres, we first addressed the water situation," says Florence. "We have dug a well for water and are building a barn giving us a place to process and store the food."
With the solar panels and backup batteries, thanks to Brock's sponsorship, water can be pumped from the well to irrigate the crops in between when there is no rain. The solar panels will take care of all electrical needs.
"The area where the KATA Fresh Farm is located gets a good amount of rain fall annually. The soil is fertile and additional acres can be secured as we grow. And there are many farms nearby we will partner with to assure we have the amount of fresh home-grown food we need," says Florence the on-site project manager.
❤️ "As we work with the women farmers in our 13-week program we will be able to offer many of them a source where they can sell any excess fruits or vegetables," says Bob Anderson. "Beyond what they need for themselves and their family. We will offer them a price above market."
"Our KATA Hunger Project is focused on helping women farmers have a better life," says Florence. "But we do have many issues we need to address as described by this article from IPS."