PACIDA is committed to enhancing communities livelihood including livestock, pastoral and livestock-based livelihoods in terms of increasing production and productivity while ensuring ecosystem conservation and integrity; diversify livelihood strategies in order to expand household food and income sources while at the same finding alternative livelihoods for those no longer able to continue in livestock-based pastoral and agro-pastoral production systems, because they have moved and settled in urban or peri-urban settings.
Training in business development, financial management and record keeping is enabling women to improve their enterprises by tracking expenditure and maximizing profits. With increased knowledge and opportunities, women have become more enthusiastic and determined to have profitable businesses. The businesses include: planting and sell of tree seedlings, livestock trade, sale of groceries, retail/wholesale shops, butcheries, sell of second hand clothes, cereals, paraffin for cooking, bidding for tenders like construction, supply of commodities to schools and institutions, sale of curios on large scale, etc. PACIDA has also facilitated exposure tours to similar women traders in different areas. In Hurri Hills, for example, some groups have been trained on bee-keeping and given beehives. Women have established social support mechanisms, where from within the group, they are able to give back to the needy in their community. The increased knowledge and business skills has promoted knowledge and experience sharing.
On agriculture, PACIDA trains community members on how to farm different crops and establishing kitchen gardens and tree planting. On the other hand, capacity building of Livestock Marketing Associations (LMAs) equips community members with skills to manage livestock market facilities. This includes providing market information services to producers and traders and security intelligence during market days which improves skills and knowledge, creating employed for youth and improving household incomes.
Summary of 2018 achievements on sustainable livelihood development
PACIDA made good progress on construction of a major milk processing depot in Moyale sub county that incorporated a meat processing unit. Once completed, the processing plant will improve food security through alternative income-generating opportunities from livestock and livestock products. Training on meant and milk preservation techniques reached 21 members of Moyale Camel Milk Dairy Association. Participants put into practice the lessons learnt during the training.
Range land livelihood activities included training on environmental protection for community-based organisations and fencing of ten acres of range land at Badassa to enhance fodder production. By end of 2018, the women’s group at Badassa had begun harvesting seeds and hay that they sold out to to other beneficiaries for replication in the county while fodder was made available for use during stress periods for weak and milking animals.
400 households benefited from supply of certified assorted fruit trees seedlings as an option to diversifying food security and income sources. Each beneficiary household received 15 assorted fruit trees seedlings. Sixty specialists from Illeret and Hurri Hills trained on climate change , agro-forestry, watershed management, rangeland management, land use and kitchen gardening. The trainees were able to reach more than 900 people with knowledge and skills gained from the training.
Read more about our achievements from 2018 annual report