Promotion of fodder production and storage benefits farmers and pastoralists
USAID’s Kenya Drylands Livestock Development Program (KDLDP), in conjunction with other strategic partners, has introduced local farmers to the idea of growing fodder during the rainy season and storing it for sale during the dry season. Since the program’s inception in 2011, over 5,000 bales of fodder, valued at $30,000, have been produced by farms in the region that received fodder training from the program. As a result, household and food security for families have markedly improved.
Jane Ayub is a local farmer and mother of three who belongs to the Jabesa Biskidera Association. The members of this association aggregated their individual plots of land to form Makindani farm. They started by frowing traditonal vegetable crops, but after Jane saw a demonstration of fodder production on the nearby Kono farm, the Jabesa Biskidera Association integrated fodder produciton to their business. Jane immediately understood that fodder was both profitable for farmers such as herself, as well as being a lifeline for local pastoralists during periods of drought. With training from USAID’s Kenya Drylands Livestock Development Program, Jane increased her household income from $2 a day to $60.
In October 2012, KDLDP hosted World Food Day celebrations at Kono farm. Jane Ayub proudly displayed what she and her group had achieved. “Now I tell other members of the community how growing fodder can change their lives, especially the lives of women” exclaims Jane.