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Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1c: Turkana North Project Brief (Quantity of farm produce, Income and K4K Financials)

Yesterday the Kenya Red CrossSafaricom FoundationMedia Owners AssociationJulie Gichuru were in Kairkor Turkana County to handover the projects that were funded by Kenyans 4 Kenyans CampaignNorthern Kenya Blog as the leading Online Media, providing Thought Leadership and Expert Opinion on matters Northern Kenya, was invited to the handover event through the Safaricom Foundation/Mpesa Foundation. In the coming few days, I will be sharing articles regarding the event and the projects in parts….

Part 1 of this series is a brief shared by the Kenya Red Cross, titled Kenya Red Cross Resilience Programme (K4K Turkana North Project). I will reproduce the report here, complemented by photos that I took of the projects, and I will share my opinion pieces from tomorrow… part 1a of this report is here (Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1a: Turkana North Project Brief (General Overview, Project Location, Project Components) and part 1b is here (Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming)

IMG 24311 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1c: Turkana North Project Brief (Quantity of farm produce, Income and K4K Financials)

The Table below shows the quantities of farm produce produced and the amount generated by the farmers from the first harvest

Quantities of food crop harvested from each site in 3 Months

Type of farm produce Nakinomet Site (tones) Loitanet Site (tones) Kang’itulae Site (tones) Long’olemwar Site (tones) Total Tonnage
Tomatoes 11.7 5.20 5.85 3.25 26
Spinach 0.9 0.40 0.45 0.25 2
Kales 0.81 0.36 0.405 0.225 1.8
Maize 0.72 0.32 0.36 0.20 1.6
Watermelon 0.48 0.24 0.1444 0.192 1.056
Butternuts 0.20 0.10 0.08 0.05 0.43
Green Grams - - 0.36 - 0.36

 

IMG 2552 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1c: Turkana North Project Brief (Quantity of farm produce, Income and K4K Financials)

Income generated from each project site in 3 Months

Nakinomet Site (tones) Loitanet Site (tones) Kang’itulae Site (tones) Long’olemwar Site (tones) Total Tonnage
198,000 88,000 99,000 55,000 440,000

 

IMG 2529 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1c: Turkana North Project Brief (Quantity of farm produce, Income and K4K Financials)Kenyans for Kenya Financial Update

Total Turkana East Pokot Mayale (Walda)
Income

323,910,890.00

121,385,600.00

117,684,600.00

84,840,690.00

Interest

40,037,545.00

18,910,317.00

17,808,302.55

Total Income

363,948,435.00

 

 

 

YTD

360,526,909.55

121,283,000.00

136,594,917.00

102,648,992.55

Funds Committed

3,421,525.45

102,600.00

 

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Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming)

Yesterday the Kenya Red CrossSafaricom FoundationMedia Owners AssociationJulie Gichuru were in Kairkor Turkana County to handover the projects that were funded by Kenyans 4 Kenyans CampaignNorthern Kenya Blog as the leading Online Media, providing Thought Leadership and Expert Opinion on matters Northern Kenya, was invited to the handover event through the Safaricom Foundation/Mpesa Foundation. In the coming few days, I will be sharing articles regarding the event and the projects in parts….

Part 1 of this series is a brief shared by the Kenya Red Cross, titled Kenya Red Cross Resilience Programme (K4K Turkana North Project). I will reproduce the report here, complemented by photos that I took of the projects, and I will share my opinion pieces from tomorrow…part 1a of this report is here (Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1a: Turkana North Project Brief (General Overview, Project Location, Project Components)

IMG 24311 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming)

Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System

Each of the 4 sites in Kaikor was provided with shade net houses and an open field drip irrigation system for farming. A total of 80 shade net houses have been installed so far. Under shade net houses, a variety of crops are being grown that include tomatoes, spinach, kales and melons. Other crops like sweet potatoes, pumpkins, maize are also grown under an open irrigation system. The project production capacity is over 1500 MT per year, which is sufficient for domestic consumption and sale for the target community and its neighbors. At the moment, the farms are supporting over 170 households

IMG 2516 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming)

Shade Nets and Crops under open field drip irrigation

 

Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming

To improve on food security and nutrition, the Kaikor community is undertaking farming under guidance of KRCS technical staff and volunteers offering them technical advise.

Impact So far…

over the years, the Turkana community has been marginalized and always the hardest hit by drought. This was the epicenter for the 2010/11 drought which led to severe malnutrition and loss of livestock and subsequent loss of livelihood in Kaikor Turkana North. The goal of this project was therefore to contribute to drought resilience through Disaster Risk Reduction and sustainable  food security and livelihood interventions in Turkana County by the year 2013. This was going to be achieved through provision of water for domestic use, livestock, small scale irrigation and kitchen gardening.

IMG 2467 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming) At the peak of the 2011 drought, members of the Kaikor community especially women were walking easily over 40 KM in search of water. Under this project, members can now access water from within less than 2 KM for domestic and livestock  use.

Due to the remoteness of the area where this project is located, the water supply system was designed to utilize solar driven pumps and elevated tanks to ensure that the community access water at minimal or no cost. The system that requires low cost to run and maintain is crucial in ensuring that the project is sustainable. Resources that would otherwise have been  utilized to run the system are now ploughed back into the project and others utilized to meet other household needs.

The farming component of this project utilizes shade nets (to reduce water loss and excess heat/light) as well as a drip irrigation system to minimize wastage of the limited water that is available. This therefore ensures that only water that is required by the plants is utilized for crop production. The synergy from these technologies ensures that scarce water in this region is used in the most efficient and effective way to give tremendous results. Community members have also been adequately trained and provided with seeds and seedlings to enable them undertake farming and increase food production

IMG 2449 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming)  During the Project inception/construction, the community comprising of over 100 young men and women were directly engaged at various stages and this created additional job opportunities ranging from farming to marketing of produce. So far the community has been trained on entrepreneurial skills that include value chain and marketing strategies.

Implementation has been in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water to provide technical support and training to farmers and provision of seeds at the onset of the project. The Ministry of irrigation provided technical support during the drilling and installation of bore holes and training of the the water management committees. The local provincial administration also played an important   role during community mobilization.

In early 2013, after preparation of their farms and nurseries, planing in the shades nets of the four sites started with Nakinomet and Loitanit first and with Kang’itulae and Long’olemwar following. The crops planted were tomoatoes, butternuts and green grams. Production and harvesting of tomatoes, kales, spinach, watermelons and butternuts has been ongoing since then. Beneficiaries have been consuming the fruits of their labor and are able to sell the surplus.

IMG 2557 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1b: Turkana North Project Brief (Installation of Shade Nets and Drip Irrigation System, Kitchen Garden and Small Scale Farming)

Crops ready for sale at Kaikor, Turkana North

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o Watermelons ready for sale at Kaikor, Turkana North

Overall, this project is directly benefiting over 15,000 people living in the Kaikor Division through the provision of water both for domestic and livestock use, the provision of alternative livelihoods to a largely pastoral community that mainly depends on livestock for survival and through the contribution to food security through increased production of food. Nutritional interventions such as appropriate crop choices, cookery methods and utilizations are being undertaken to ensure nutritional security especially for the lactating mothers and under-fives

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Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1a: Turkana North Project Brief (General Overview, Project Location, Project Components)

Yesterday the Kenya Red Cross, Safaricom Foundation, Media Owners Association, Julie Gichuru were in Kairkor Turkana County to handover the projects that were funded by Kenyans 4 Kenyans Campaign. Northern Kenya Blog as the leading Online Media, providing Thought Leadership and Expert Opinion on matters Northern Kenya, was invited to the handover event through the Safaricom Foundation/Mpesa Foundation. In the coming few days, I will be sharing articles regarding the event and the projects in parts….

Part 1 of this series is a brief shared by the Kenya Red Cross, titled Kenya Red Cross Resilience Programme (K4K Turkana North Project). I will reproduce the report here, complemented by photos that I took of the projects, and I will share my opinion pieces from tomorrow…

IMG 2431 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1a: Turkana North Project Brief (General Overview, Project Location, Project Components)

General Overview

The mid-long term integrated food security and livelihood projects funded by Kenyans for Kenyans targeted 3 main areas that were severely affected by the 2011 drought which was classified as the worst in the horn of Africa in 60 years. These areas were Walda in Moyale District, East Pokot and Kaikor in Turkana North. At least 120,000 persons benefited directly and over 300,000 indirectly.

The program initially focused on emergency response that was immediately followed by the recovery phase. In the recovery phase, the program focused on increasing water supply systems for livestock, domestic and small scale irrigation in an aim to save lives and mitigate the economic impact of the drought emergency among the pastoral communities of the counties. In addition, about one million heads of livestock were provided with waster and pasture regeneration within the projects sites, through improvement of the micro-climate in the farming areas to favorably support the livestock. KRCS continues to follow up this initiatives since inception to date though its presence in the three areas working to further improve sustainable animal husbandry in light of climate change adaptation programme.

Turkana North Integrated Emergency Drought Programme is located in Kaikor division, and is aimed at contributing to drought resilience in the County showing improvement by the year 2013 through increase water supply systems (for domestic, livestock and small scale irrigation). Overall the project has improved food security and provided the residents of Kaikor an alternative livelihood to complement pastoralism which has been marred by cyclic droughts and characterized by resource based conflicts and other natural catastrophes such as flash floods, high heat waves and dust storms

kaikor Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1a: Turkana North Project Brief (General Overview, Project Location, Project Components)

Kaikor is approx 215 KM North of Lodwar, roughly 6 hours drive by road

Project Components: Drilling and Equipping of Boreholes

After undertaking hydro geological surveys, tendering the works and delivering of the equipment to the site, eleven boreholes distributed in the target area were sunk with four in Kaikor division giving positive results. These were in: Long’olemwar, Kang’itulae, Nikinomet and Loitanit. All these boreholes were equipped with solar driven pumps and elevated metallic tanks to ensure easy access of water to beneficiaries. Each of these sites has also been provided with livestock watering points, tap points to fetch domestic water and connection to the farming fields

IMG 2543 Kenyans 4 Kenya Part 1a: Turkana North Project Brief (General Overview, Project Location, Project Components)

Elevated Metallic Water Tank

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Tap Point for domestic use

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Solar Power

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Northern Kenya Blog will today be at Kaikor in Turkana County during the commissioning of a #Kenyans4Kenya Project….Very excited – stay tuned for more

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Seven of The Original Five Hundred Cattle stolen in Baragoi Resurface!

Seven Bulls that comprised a herd of 502 cattle stolen at Mpoori area of Samburu North in October 2012 have resurfaced in a livestock market near Kisima town, 25Km from Maralal town. The stolen 502 cattle were the beginning of the now infamous Baragoi story of late 2012. It was in a mission to recover this livestock that 42 Kenya Policemen met their death at the hands of raiders.

The seven bulls resurfaced at Lekuru Livestock Market, which is at the Lodokejek Ward of Samburu West Constituency. Lekuru Market is one of the lucrative livestock markets of Samburu County. Sources from the ground claim that two young men  belonging to the Samburu community, who were caught attempting to sell the bulls claimed to have bought them at Marti area of Samburu North Constituency, about an hr’s drive south of Baragoi town.

Sources at Lekuru market further said that the young men claimed to have bought the seven bulls at an average price of Ksh47,000. The bulls were about to be sold at an average price of Ksh52,000 at Lekuru Market.

It is reported that a contingent of around 30 policemen led by the Maralal OCS arrived at Lekuru Market and drove away the animals towards Maralal town. It is further claimed that the young men that had the bulls were not arrested but were ordered to report to Maralal Police Station the following day (today).

If you have an update regarding this story, please let us know.

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A Brief History of Conflict in Samburu North, Part 1

This is a Guest Opinion Post by Eli. The Author was born and raised in Baragoi, Samburu North.

Prior to 1994, close to two decades ago, the only guns available to the Samburu community were the old Mark IV Rifles, which were operated by Home Guards, most of whom were older men. The Samburu Morans preferred the more fashionable twin spears (Mao). On the other hand, our neighbors, the Turkana, had already started acquiring newer guns and other arms from the Sudanese SPLM rebels, ostensibly to protect themselves from their other more aggressive neighbor, the Pokots. However, there are historical incidences of illegal arms among them from as early as the 1920s. Despite this, there was genuine PEACE in Samburu North. The Samburu would graze their animals as far west as Suguta Valley as well as go for water at Lokalaale. Similarly, cattle belonging to the Turkana would graze as far east as Lkerei. There was little or no animosity between the two tribes. In fact there were strong family friends among them and would visit each other on occasion.

The first ARMED raid in Baragoi, in my reckoning  happened somewhere around the 28th May,1994, when heavily armed raiders from the Pokot Community came and raided villages occupied by the Turkana in Baragoi. Everyone (Turkana and Samburu) was aghast in the face of the new menace! However, there was no immediate repeat of this event, and it was thought to be a one-off incident.  We went back to our old and usual peaceful co-existence and there was PEACE…

It is into this PEACE that a mixed group of herders from the Samburu and the Rendille communities from Marsabit District came to the plains of Baragoi in search of grass and pasture. Suddenly, thousands of cattle dotted Baragoi plains, stretching from Soito e Lkokoyo, Lamiroki, Suyian, to Ltepes Aare! They had come hundreds of kilometers , for many months, and through countless hardships.  Finally they found a bit of respite. The innocent Rendilles and the youthful “Lmooli” sold their plentiful milk in the streets of Baragoi town for close to nothing, just to buy a bit of snuff, sugar and tea leaves. Still, there was PEACE!.  Our neighbor, the Turkana,  started to covet all the new wealth sprayed on the Baragoi plains. It were the days the sun was to set on PEACE in Lbarta!

One morning mid 1996, hundreds of men from the neighboring Turkana community conducted a morning raid on the Rendille and Samburu Livestock that occupied Baragoi plains. With chilling precision and military ruthlessness they killed dozens of people and drove away thousands of cattle. The battle was fought the whole day. There were heroes as well as tragedy, foolishness and courage. The thieves were well prepared and their strategy was well thought out, which delivered victory in the end. The cattle was lost and more than 15 Rendilles/Samburus men killed. The reaction from the Government of Kenya was NIL.

The group of pastoralists from Marsabit went back home, hundreds of kilometers empty handed – one day rich and the next completely poor. So begun the conflict that has ravaged Baragoi and the entire Samburu North for close to two decades!

Throughout the remaining months of 1996, hardly a day would go without an incident of theft and armed robbery from our neighbors,  the Turkana. Not a night would pass without the rattle of the AK47 as yet another raid came to pass. Livestock was stolen, people were killed and entire villages were fled. In fact, people would live at home during the day and flock to the town to be housed in the churches at night. Others would sleep in the bushes.

In 1997, there was a raid from the Samburu community, during which, regrettably, the former Senior Chief Silale was killed. It was also during this period of wanton lawlessness that raiders from the Turkana community shot down a military helicopter, in which one of the passengers was the Samburu District Commissioner. The government of the day sent in the Kenya Army which did little in terms of conflict resolution. Such was life in Baragoi for close to two years, where the Government of Kenya did absolutely nothing to mitigate the conflict.

It must be stated that the Samburus were not the only victims of lawlessness. In fact our tormentors in chief had their fair share of insecurity. Raiders from Pokot would conduct raids so close to town that people would climb the highest buildings to watch as Hollywood was re-enacted with brazen terror and ruthlessness. The raiders from the Pokot community would attack the “Kijiji” inside Baragoi town for the better part of the morning, while singing and calmly counting the livestock stolen. They would then drive them away without any fear of reprisals, and leave in their wake fear, abject poverty and death. It was also in 1997 that raiders from the Pokot and Samburu Community raided a Turkana village in Lokorkor, where lots of livestock were stolen and close to a hundred people killed.

This went on, to and fro, and eventually mutated into highway robberies and assassinations. The number of fatalities rapidly rose. There were Lawyers, Doctors as well as prominent businessmen and innocent “wananchi”. Travelling to Baragoi became dangerous business while living in Baragoi became a calamity. Many people opted to move to safer areas like the Loroki highlands of Samburu County while others went to Isiolo, Rumuruti and other down country areas.

Slowly by slowly the balance of power equalized as both communities became equally ARMED and raids became a lot less sporadic. Tactics evolved, new generations came and those who used to be Morans became Wazees. Although conflict persisted, it wasn’t as regular as during the 1990s.

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Northern Kenya Blog would like to invite sober debate on the issue of conflict and cattle rustling in North Kenya, especially in Samburu North, where the situation has recently gotten out of hand. How have you as a reader been affected by this conflict. Please observe decency in your comments. Those comments that contain hate or abusive language will be purged

Part 2 of this article will be published tomorrow…

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