KTR0917aProject Location: Various sites
Project Type: Education, Nutrition, Comm. Dev.
Project Code: KTR0917

Background: Kenya and Tanzania are agricultural-based economies. 

About 75-80% of the population relies on agriculture for a living.The region has good soils and favourable climatic conditions for agricultural production. Back in 2012, Chalice launched the eRoots Program in Kenya. It was designed to develop, promote, and encourage adoption of simple but effective technologies that would enhance a community's capacity to produce food for residents and further develop livelihoods, gradually moving the community towards self-reliance and thus reducing their dependence on others. Through this three-year program, over 3,500 households were trained in, and adopted, new and proven agricultural technologies for improved food production. In addition, there are now 32 schools that have sustained school feeding programs from proceeds achieved in school farms, long after eRoots funding concluded in 2015. The school feeding program has been one of the most successful sustainable programs resulting from eRoots.

KTR0917bThe Kenya and Tanzania School Farming Project is designed to build on the success of this earlier program. The project encourages the use of sustainable agricultural technologies for the production of food for school-aged children by schools and farming communities. The aim is to increase food security and livelihood development for households. It is designed to work with 31 schools and 17 Common Interest Groups in Kenya and Tanzania to produce food for school feeding, as well as use school gardens as demonstration plots for community learning.

For 14 of the schools that have land available, the program will work with them to produce food on the school land to supplement school feeding and use the schools as demonstration centres. Site project officers will showcase simple but effective technologies and invite the community to training sessions. The harvest from the farm will be used to feed the children, and surplus will be sold locally and funds ploughed back into the resource farm. The other 17 schools lack the capacity to produce enough food and  and even labour for regular farm monitoring. These schools will be supplied with food grown by the community through the formation of the Common Interest Groups (CIG) among Chalice beneficiaries who meet the criteria of producing food sufficient to satisfy school feeding demands. The CIG will be provided with complementary services, including training, subsidized farming inputrs, storage, and transport.

Project Objectives: The overall goal of this proposed initiative is to improve the nutrition and well-being of school children and increase access to basic education in selected communities in Kenya and Tanzania. The program will address the following:
- Immediate hunger and malnutrition among school-aged children
- Improve health and well-being of school-aged children
- Increase school enrolment, attendance, retention, and completion of at least primary school education
- Improve local capacities for food production.

A total of 18,600 school children will benefit from the program, including 1,550 sponsored through Chalice, along with all of the families of the CIG Groups. The funding required is $647,206, with 34% allocated to salaries for oversight and training and 66% for the procurement of materials such as seeds, tools, fertilizers, and irrigation kits.

A Community Food Management Committee (CFMC) will be recruited by the community and trained by Chalice. By including parents, school boards, PTA, Government line ministries, the church and other community members, Chalice hopes to create a sense of ownership that will provide strong and sustainable management of the program into the future.

Budget in Canadian funds: $647,206.

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