Why Food Security?
The right to food is a basic and fundamental human right enshrined in our constitution. Kenya has however, experienced a backlash due to recent and now more frequent drought cycles that devastate communities and sometimes result in loss of community assets and wealth. Each cycle has contributed to increased levels of poverty and vulnerability.
As a local capacity development organization, we hold the theory that sustainable solutions to food security requires joint action and sustained and coordinated responses with the same vulnerable communities at the centre of it (USTAWI). There exists indigenous knowledge, intermediate and advanced technologies and practices that can help reverse the situation, and this has been our focus since 2005.
Our Involvement and Commitment to Change
KCDF started the USTAWI Initiative, Ustawi being a Swahili word for prosperity to mobilize communities and resources around local community initiatives that promote environmental conservation, water harvesting and soil and water resources conservation as well as adoption of new technologies in seeds, farm inputs, irrigation, green houses, value addition and storage.
We provide grants of between Kshs. 300,000 and Kshs. 1,000,000 to community driven initiatives that fit this criteria. Over the years, we have worked with more than 50 communities across the country.
The initiative is driven by three core values:-
- That everyone has something to give regardless of the amount or significance
- That every human being has a right to food regardless of their situation in life
- That together, we can achieve food security
We continue to make a difference
To date, KCDF has provided grants to communities in nearly all the 47 counties of Kenya, particularly those in the Arid and Semi Arid Areas of Eastern, Rift Valley, Coast, and Northern Kenya to address water and food security gaps. The initiative reaches out to about 13,000 households annually, contributing to increased resilience and livelihood alternatives.
Who do we partner with?
KCDF is partnering with both Private Sector and CSOs in a multi-pronged approach that seeks to provide ongoing financial and capacity development support to communities on one hand and establishment of an USTAWI sustainability fund on the other hand. Key partners include Safaricom Foundation, KCB Foundation, Spital, Mumias Sugar Company, Commercial Bank of Africa, AMIRAN Kenya and Wilder Ganzen, the Netherlands among others.
How can you participate?
As a grant making organization, we invite calls for proposals several times during the year. You can respond to our calls for proposals or write to us to find out what opportunities are available that fits your needs. You can also visit our website www.kcdf.or.ke for more information.