I: Project Description
‘’ Scaling-up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic’’
The initiative aims at providing agri-business resilience and employment/livelihood opportunities among youth and women in urban informal settlements of Mathare Sub-County, Nairobi City in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. The intervention seeks to instill agri-business knowledge and skills to the target groups, while providing poor households with food security and income generation. Finally, the project transcends the target population through use of mainstream and social media to positively impact agribusiness in Kenya and internationally.
Since May 2021, through the support of Korea SHE Foundation, Huruma Town Youth Group (HTYG) is implementing a 6 months project entitled “Scaling-up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic” in Mathare Sub-county, Nairobi County in Kenya. The project purpose is a ‘Building food secure urban poor and youth livelihood resilience’ with the objectives of;
1: To empower 20 youth and women group leaders with practical knowledge and skills in agribusiness in Mathare Sub-County, Nairobi-Kenya from May to October 2021 and
2: To provide an online information hub to youth in agri-business and project visibility through production of information, education and communication in Kenya, regional and international.
To achieve these objectives, we have conducted the following activities;
Activity 1.1: Training 20 women and youth leaders on vegetable/crop production (fruit trees), dairy goat, pig raring, indigenous poultry and animal vaccination (3 days);
Activity 1.2: Host an open field day to show case practical value-addition skills in processing of cheese, yoghurt, kale drying & tomato sauce making (1 day)and
Activity 2.1: Design and produce information, education & communication pamphlets.
Activity 2.2: Design and produce a banner for outdoor events
II: PROJECT PROGRESS
To execute the planned activities Huruma Town Youth Group (HTYG) implementation committee held 2 planning meetings to brainstorm on how to implement the training and field day. The purpose of the planning meetings was to allocate responsibilities, set dates, and identify venues, participants, partners programs and logistics.
On 18th, 19th and 20th May 2021, HTYG conducted a three days capacity building to 20 women and youth group leaders at Huruma Community Hall. The training involved Horticulture farming, Poultry Keeping, Dairy Goat and Pig Raring in an urban set-up. Further, the training involved practical / field demonstration on horticulture, poultry keeping and dairy goat and pig raring. HTYG engaged the services of consultants on pig and indigenous poultry to train the participants on pig and poultry management including medication and vaccination of the animals.
In our phase 2 implementation with Korea SHE Foundation, we received support to conduct a day Walk-In Walk- Out Field. The theme of the day was ‘’ Scaling –up urban food security and youth employment amid Covid-19 pandemic 2021 ‘’. The purpose of the field day was to expose practicing and potential farmers to various value addition techniques such as Yoghurt Making, Cheese Processing, Tomato paste making and Kale drying. Additionally the show attracted other exhibitors who showcased jam making, Honey and peanut butter. We collaborated with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock from Nairobi City County Government. The government partners operated stands offering extension services on practical lessons on agro-processing, animal husbandry and crop production. Other partners included Mazingira Institute, SOMO Africa, Protein Master and Che Youth Group showcasing value addition on honey and peanut butter, advocacy on rights, black soldier flies (protein supplements for pigs and poultry) and cow milk processing products respectively.
This event was conducted on 12th June 2021, at H-Town Farm and involved 90 participants. Other organizations who participated include, TMG and Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation (KBC) to cover the event.
HTYG has also established interactive online platforms such website (www.hurumatownyouthgroup.org) including other social media platforms such as tweeter, Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp. Further, to enhance our communication, HTYG has purchased a laptop, camera to support in documentation. For visibility purposes, HTYG produced a field day banner and produced 3000 pamphlets. 253 pamphlets have already been disseminated to urban farmers and youth and women groups. See links of Banner and Pamphlet.pdf on information about us and our programs, our partners and value-addition guidelines on yoghurt, cheese, kale drying and tomato paste processing.
III: Project Plan Forward
After the capacity building exercise for the women and youth leaders on urban Agri-business, the meeting came up with a call to action moving forward as follows;
- Follow-ups- HTYG agreed with the participants that the group would conduct on-site extension services to the trained groups upon request.
HTYG has already initiated the on-site extension services to Ghetto Youth and Huruma Kings Youth Groups. The extension services involved construction of a poultry unit and selection of pig breeds respectively. Further, Shirikisho Youth Group have been supported to set up 3 multi-storey gardens.
- Online training-HTYG will set-up and administrate an online platform to engage the Mathare Sub-County Farmers. This platform is being interactively to address farming questions by HTYG team.
Huruma Town Youth Group (HTYG) has establish a WhatsApp and Facebook online platforms for interactive agri-business sessions. The platforms are as follows; Facebook (H-townyouthgroup and H-towndairygoat) and WhatsApp (MATHARE URBAN FARMERS ASS). These platforms are for training farmers beyond Mathare and involves technical experts such as Veterinary Officers,
- Trained youth leaders to train their group members and other youth and women. The trained youth leaders were issued with training tools, which they will use to empower their group members and the general community.
As a result of this action point, already 3 youth groups namely Huruma Sports, Mayors Youth Group and Frontline Minds Youth Group have already trained their members. HTYG is making follow-ups with other groups.
- Youth and women start-ups- it was agreed that those groups interested in a start-up would seek for assistance from HTYG.
In realizing this action point, HTYG has already supported Ghetto Youth Group, Frontline Minds Youth Group and Tangaza Table Banking Youth Groups to begin start-up. This has been through provision of chicken and seedlings for horticulture set-up.
- Fruit Trees for groups with spaces
HTYG procured fruit tree seedlings and prepared nursery seedbed. During the training, 10 groups and previously 13-trained groups have identified land for planting. The seedlings are of grafted avocado, mango, oranges and apple.
- Exchange visits for experiential learning to Mwengenye CBO group in Kayole which is outskirts of Nairobi Town
HTYG has frozen the process and is seeking for support from other funders for the exchange visit.
HTYG plans to continue pursuing these action points within the project timeline as well as after the project closeout.
IV: TRAINING AND FIELD DEMONSTRATION PHOTOS
|Figure ‑1: Mr. Hezekiah Muhindi- Pig Management Consultant training youth and women leaders on pig raring on 18th May ,2021 at Huruma Community Hall in Mathare Sub-county. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation,|
Figure2: Group photo for youth and women group leaders who underwent vegetable, dairy goat, poultry and pig raring from 18th ,19th & 20th May, 2021 in Mathare Slums. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation
Figure 3: Mr.Kevin Uduny _ Taking participants through practical vegetable farming at Huruma Town Youth Group farm. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation
Figure 4: Mr. Hezekiah Muhindi _ Pig Management consultant taking participants on practical pig raring at Huruma Town Youth Group farm. This is through the support of Korea Safety Environment Foundation
Figure 5: Mr. Kevin Uduny _ Team leaders of Huruma Town Youth Group taking participants through vegetable and dairy goat management at Huruma Community Hall. The is through support of Korea Safety Health & Environment Foundation
Figure 6: Ms. Ruth Kikanga- Poultry Management Consultant training youth and women leaders on poultry raring at Huruma Town Hall on 19th May, 2021. This is through support by Korea Safety Health and Environment Foundation
Figure 7:Huruma Town Youth Group ‘ Walk-in Walk-out’ Field day _ Participants are taken through innovation of organic products –Black Soldier Fly as protein supplements for pig and poultry at H-Town Farm.. The is through support of Korea Safety Health & Environment Foundation
Figure 8: Ms. Susan Mwangi_ Ministry of Livestock Department Officer- Taking participants through youghurt making process during ‘ Walk-in Walk-out field day at H-Town Farm. This is through support by Korea Safety Health and Environment Foundation
Figure 9: Huruma Town Youth Group ‘ Walk-in Walk-out’ Field day _ Participants are taken through innovation of organic products –Black Soldier Fly as protein supplements for pig and poultry at H-Town Farm.. The is through support of Korea Safety Health & Environment Foundation.
Figure 10: Huruma Town Youth Group ‘ Walk-in Walk-out’ Field day _ Participants registration desk during field day at H-Town Farm. This is through support by Korea Safety Health and Environment Foundation