Food Security and Livelihoods
FH implements interventions that address food production, access, safety, and income. Major focus in the Arid and Semi Arid Lands (ASALs) include animal health and production, crop production, livestock market systems, use of social behaviour change approaches to encourage use of livestock markets, policy interventions, natural resource management and economic empowerment. FH/Kenya works closely with communities and self-help groups to expand knowledge and skills in financial literacy, agribusiness and other off-farm income generating activities.
Current drought response FSL efforts are focused on provision of cash transfers, enhancing access to livestock feeds and animal health services, food and non-food items to families affected by drought and displaced by conflict.
In response to the 2008/09 Global Food Price Crisis, FH led the OFDA-funded Arid and Marginal Lands Recovery Consortium from 2009-2013, a program that resulted in significant progress towards efficient and sustainable markets in Marsabit, providing key income generating opportunities that enhanced pastoralists’ resilience to drought and other shocks. During the 2010-11 drought, FH was the lead in WFP-funded general food distribution and blanket supplementary feeding. Between 2015 and 2018, FH worked in partnership with UNICEF to facilitate integrated nutrition outreaches in Marsabit County. In response to the 2016/17 drought, FH led a $3 million, multi-sector response in Marsabit County with support from USAID, Unicef, Tearfund (DEC), and other donors.