When Africare first engaged farmers in Natirae in Turkana County Kenya, their farm had been overtaken by Prosopis juliflora bushes; an inversive dryland weed. The farm’s infrastructure had been rundown with canals in need of desilting.

In 2020 work began on the 72-acre farm, through the support of the IMPACT Program Natirae farmers cleared the bushes and thereafter began ploughing the farm.

With Turkana County experiencing a long drought, it was prudent to have the farm under irrigation.  The process to desilt the canals started; to utilize water from the nearby River Turkwel. The one-kilometer canal was rehabilitated and paved way for water to enter the farm.

With water on the farm, Natirae was ready for farming. Through the provision of certified seeds, farming tools, and training by the Program, farming began, and over the months the farm steadily turned green.

In May 2021 Natirae registered its first sorghum harvest. We visited the farm and met up with jubilant farmers in the process of harvesting. Elizabeth Akai one of the many farmers harvesting, told us that the harvest will benefit her and her family “I am truly grateful to Africare for holding our hand. This harvest is food for my family. Any surplus will be sold, and money used to buy the household needs like soap.”

Close to Elizabeth’s section of the farm we meet Esachet Nasinyono. Today she has already threshed two bags of sorghum. The mother of six is eager to speak to us, “My section is half-acre. I am so happy to harvest sorghum although I am yet to cut down all the stalks. This harvest will feed my children and even the extended family.” Esachet adds that she will grind the dry grain using stone to turn it into flour.

The farm has sorghum, maize, millet, and a variety of vegetables. The farm is divided into sections where each farmer manages their individual farms. The IMPACT Program directly supports 20 farmers with over 150 indirectly benefitting from the Program.

 

 

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