Digging of shallow wells for improving water supply in the arid areas of Kenya provided opportunities for agricultural projects. To this end CHEPs has embarked upon seed distribution to new farmers and setting up kitchen gardens.
Seeds are distributed to farmers who earlier benefit from CHEPs wells project. The seeds distribution has results in a bumper harvests in Wajir hence improving the food security situation of the beneficiary families. Indeed some of the watermelons were exported to neighbouring districts such as Garissa.
CHEPs is helping the schools to start and run a fully fledged garden where the 4K (KUUNGANA-to unite, KUFANYA-to do ,KUSAIDIA-to help, KENYA) Club members (non-formal agricultural youth groups in primary schools) under the supervision of teachers and support staff cultivate sukuma wiki, kales, spinach, tomatoes, water melon, beans, paw paw etc. The kitchen garden allows the school to grow its own greens and vegetables to add nutrition to the school lunches which for many children is the only meal of the day.
CHEP's has embarked on setting up kitchen gardens for Wajir county communities. These kitchen gardens are gaining popularity as people realize they could get their daily vegetable portions from small space in their backyard. To set up a small kitchen garden, one just needs just a sunny spot at the backyard, water and seedlings. The vegetables will require adequate attention, frequent watering and a little weeding.
Garse Borehole was cleaned and cupping done, a pump house constructed, pump installed, piping done and a greenhouse set up. The community was trained on farming using greenhouse by the district agriculture extension officer. More than 500 tomato plants are growing inside the greenhouse using drip irrigation technique; this is expected to provide more than 5000kilograms of tomatoes in the next harvest. A large area around the greenhouse is being used to cultivate sukuma wiki
Goats were been distributed to widows and destitute in Wajir County. This was expected to provide them with milk and meat for the family as well as cash from the sale of its milk/meat.
'It is better to teach how to fish rather than give the fish'