Increasing Income, food and climate solutions for WOMEN small-holder farmers HAKI MSINGI aims to consistently deliver high-quality results in agricultural projects by innovating, identifying and scaling-up solutions, capacity building, value addition chain and advocacy.
HAKI MSINGI has three overall objectives for its agriculture programme sector:
- To enhance capacity and increase income and employment for women smallholder farmers.
- To improve food security for poor and vulnerable groups
- To strengthen the environmental sustainability of agricultural production and meet the challenges of climate change.
Agriculture not only addresses the basic needs of the global population – food and nutrition security; it also offers essential commodities, environmental services and social goods that facilitate economic development, industrialization and diversification. Yet agriculture also accounts for a significant percentage of water use and greenhouse gas emissions; it contributes to, and is threatened by, environmental degradation and further increasingly impacted by climate change.
HAKI MSINGI has five value chain development programmes: Poultry, Horticulture, Sorghum, Beans, Bio-char and Apiculture. We are also working in several other value chains through the women smallholders’ capacity building, School young famer’s club, Youth farming agro-business entrepreneurs, and Community table banking programme.
Health & WASH Programme:
From 2003, the government of Kenya and development partners invested heavily in the WASH Programme, but despite the increase in funding, serious challenges still strangulate the water sector as seen in the 13 million Kenyans or 32.5 per cent of the entire population who lack access to improved water supply while 47.5 per cent of the populace is denied access to improved sanitation.
HAKI MSINGI seeks to implement a community empowerment programme in partnership with five county local governments and other development partners including regional water service boards and water resources management authorities, sub-catchment area water collaboration with Help A little Sister in Africa (HALSIA).
Renewable Energy & Environment programme:
More than 80% of Kenyans lack access to modern energy. Biomass (mostly wood fuel) accounts for about 68% of the total primary energy consumption, followed by petroleum at 22%, electricity at 9% and others at less than one percent. Majority of Kenyans live in rural areas where over 80% of the population relies on biomass. Traditional biomass (mainly wood fuel) has remained the leading source of energy both for cooking and for lighting, with dire consequences to the environment and health. With increasing population, more fire wood, charcoal and other forms of fuel for lighting and cooking must be sought. This is exacerbated by high prices of paraffin (over 1.0 US$ per litre) as main source of lighting in rural areas.
HAKI MSINGI seeks to contribute to development and use of biogas digesters that transform animal waste into clean, high quality gas for cooking and lighting. The waste product from a biogas digester is a good organic fertiliser. The focus in this programme is specifically to contribute to these development objectives:
- Collaborate and promote domestic market oriented biogas in Kenya
- Train and facilitate youth groups with extension skills on standard management and set up of biogas plants as a source of employment.
- Promote the use of biogas and other renewable energies such as improved stoves for environmental protection and sustainability strategy at household level.
HAKI MSINGI implements it programs using action oriented research and documentation for evidence based policy advocacy. At HAKI MSINGI we believe that each programme we implement, accords us cumulative knowledge and experience accrued through constant interaction and collaboration with communities and their institutions, enabling us to identify gaps and challenges in policy implementation or lack of it, thereby putting HAKI MSINGI in a strategic position not only to communicate but also influence policy through proper and systematic engagement with duty bearers. In doing so, we use evidence based advocacy to put our case for enactment, repeal of pro-poor laws and policies. We do this to fulfill the following broad objectives:
- To promote the formulation of policies, laws and institutions that empowers communities to manage their own development agenda.
- To promote the implementation of policies and the enforcement of laws that enables resource dependent communities to effectively participate in the management of natural resources and social and economic development.
- To build the capacity of communities and their institutions for effective participation in policy, legislative and institutional processes for sustainable environmental, natural resource and social-economic development.
Girls Child Educational support Program
Our focus in girl child educational support program to ensure equity of on Health & education support program specifically to contribute to three development objectives:
- Advocate for improving access to safe, sufficient and reliable drinking water supply for schools;
- Increasing access to improved hygienic sanitary pads, and other material for school girls.
Facilitate capacity building, awareness and education on sustaining positive health, reproductive health and behavioral change in HIV/AIDS. And directly support girl vulnerable girl child education through provision of school fee, uniform and school feeding and other necessity, this we conduct in collaboration with Help A little sister in Africa. HALSIA