Villages fight hunger through innovation


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About the project Edit

The four villages in Bondo Districts; Bar Okwiri, Achudho, Magombe and Abida have adopted alternative crop farming to sustain food availability in the face of nationwide food insecurity. The farmers came together to form a Community Based Organization called BAMA; the acronyms drawn from the first letters of the four villages. Members from the group are given seedling and planting materials at the start of the planting season and they pay back with interest after they harvest. This ingenious food bank project receives financial assistance from ActionAid.

The project, which started in the year 2005 has become a fall back mechanism for many households in BAMA villages in times of food stress. The project was started to cushion the very poor and vulnerable in the four villages of BAMA especially people living with HIV and AIDS and orphans left behind as a result of the HIV and AIDS scourge. The interest received from the farmers is used to support orphans left behind by parents who succumbed from HIV and AIDS. BAMA also wards off middle men traders by buying harvests produced by its membership and stores them in traditional silos which it sells back to the members during periods of food shortage at extremely low prices. By buying the crops from the farmers, the group has ensured that produce from the area remains in the area hence making the region food secure all year round


In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

The BAMA is a creative way to adress the issue of accue food shortage in regions of Kenya and fight hunger. It came up with an ingenious way of providing food to its 2000 members and Bondo district community at large all year around.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The project has achieved to mobilize strategic food reserves to shield the most vulnerable of its members from perennial hunger. ActionAid also provides through the food bank project extensive training on good farming methods which allow the members to pay back their loan on a short period.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

This type of food bank could be reproduced in other villages in others developing countries struggling with food security.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

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