The First DESERT FOOD Pilot Farm has Been Successfully Established in Turkana Kenya
In September 2015 the DESERT FOOD FOUNDATION has launched its first pilot project in Kenya’s poorest region, Turkana County. Turkana is particularly affected by climate change. Increasing droughts and desertification confront a largely pastoralist society with ever decreasing grass- lands, extreme food scarcity and intertribal conflict.
Through the DESERT FOOD pilot over 10 families have been provided with employment and agricultural training. Their work enables a decentralised and safe food and fresh water resource for the entire surrounding village, which inhabits roughly 320 families.
However, severe challenges remain. The high maintenance costs of reverse osmosis machines, combined with the region’s high poverty levels and poor infrastructure require highly efficient cultivation and sales systems to assure the pilots financial sustainability. These systems are now to be developed.
The pilot serves as a proof of concept. Once it is up and running the DESERT FOOD Foundation will actively look for other promising locations to set up further farms and increase its social impact.