The Trace ( K) Network team has a wealth of experience working, collaborating with national and international agencies on rural development.
Key strength is the ability to mobilize rural communities to for communities to understand themselves, design their own priorities and make sustainable livelihood out of their environments.
TRACE has been able to help communities implement Community Action Plans generally helped to be arrived at by the National Agriculture and Livestock Extension Programme (NALEP) through designed rural area studies found in each and every administrative unit in the country commonly known as the Broad Based Surveys (BBS).
NALEP is an integrated programme institutionalized in the ministry of Agriculture and Livestock with the sole aim of building rural communities capacities.
We have been able to assist rural communities in Mwingi and Mbeere to implement the CAPs that are not requiring a lot of resources by mobilizing local resources.
The other programme that we have closely worked with is the ASAL based Livestock & Livelihoods Support Project(ALLPRO) funded by the African Development Bank trying to work with the community and implement Community Action Plans reached at in the Participatory Integrated Community Project (PICD) study processes. Formation of CBDDIs (Community Based Demand Driven Initiatives) that give rise to Community Integrated Development Committee (CIDC), the committee that oversees community based projects. The project as the name denotes is for ASAL areas and is present in both Mwingi and Mbeere districts.
Of much impact is the Kitui Mwingi Goat Breeders Association(KMGBA) whose beneficiaries were picked from the poorest of the poor. We have assisted the communities with Toggenburg dairy bucks that are used within the region for mating. We have witnessed communities getting positive transformation with enhanced household incomes that translates to sustainable livelihoods.
Promoting of local talents(arts) within the groups especially rope making, drawings, crafts, marts and traditional baskets have also given them more cushions in life. The groups have managed collectively to build Subsurface dams and agro forestry tree nurseries that are positively contributing to rural sustainable livelihoods.
Currently, we are implementing a community based resource management project co financed by FAO in Mwingi Central district.
The project commenced in January 2011 with the core activity being to “To Contribute to Improving Livelihoods, Food and Income Security of Vulnerable Households” this project has derived three major goals in accomplishing the desired project outputs which are:
- To Establish Food Security and Early Warning Systems in Mwingi Central District.
- To Increase Resilience of of Vulnerable Communities.
- To increase access to HIV and AIDS Services among the Targeted Agro-Pastoralist communities.
Improving Livelihoods in Targeted Drought Affected Communities in Kenya
The mandate of the TRACE K NETWORK is to promote and facilitate production of food and agricultural raw materials, ensure food security; promote agro based industries Agricultural exports and sustainable agricultural practices. The vision of the Ministry is to be the leading agent towards the achievement of food security for all, income generation and poverty reduction in Kenya. The mission of the ministry is to improve the livelihoods of Kenyans by promoting competitive agriculture through creation of enabling environment, provision of support services and ensuring sustainable natural resource management. The objectives of the project falls in line with the core values of this Ministry and this makes the project very important to us, bearing in mind that region has prevalent poverty rate averaging 65%. The sub sector has the potential of improving the livelihood of a large number of farmers.
Capacity building and strengthening of the collaborative relationship between the main actors and the institutions in the project is also a prerequisite, so as to improve the complimentary roles and productivity among them.
There is therefore a dire need for facilitation of interventions which will lead to exploitation of this potential and improve the livelihood of the inhabitants in the targeted areas. Hence, the importance of this cereals productivity project.