This year Ace Africa has been selected as one of the finalists of the WAF (Water, Air and Food) Awards 2018. The WAFA mission is to acknowledge and promote organisations all over the world that implement sustainable projects to secure water, clean air and food and empower local communities.
Ace Africa has been recognised for its Community Livelihoods Programme which principally aims to improve the food and income security of community members. Since the establishment of our Community Livelihoods Programme back in 2003 Ace has reached a total 34,529 community members with training in agriculture and nutrition, providing seeds and tools and enabling households to transition from food and income poverty to food and income security.
Ace’s training and provision of agro-resources is responding to an urgent need in in the Western Kenya region where poverty persists. In many counties in Western region, around 50% of the population lives under the poverty line ($1.25 per day), food poverty in counties such as Vihiga, is as high as 57% of the population and over 25% of children suffer from stunting due to undernourishment.
Ace trains community members in agriculture techniques which are space saving and water saving and enable community members to grow a variety of nutritious vegetables their diets with beans, tomatoes, kales, black nightshade, cowpeas and many others, containing critical nutrients.
Over the last few years Ace Africa has diversified and developed its CLI approach testing out new agro-techniques and technologies. Ace has experimented with techniques such as Seed Multiplication, Conservation Agriculture and Organic compost Production, training community groups to utilize these techniques and upgrade their nutritional based enterprises selling their produce at market, increasing income and moving out of poverty and food insecurity.
The programmes have the potential to revolutionise food production in the region and are already having an immense impact on the farmers and the households that we work with. Our sustainable food production techniques not only improve food and economic security but also, critically, reduce the impact of people on the environment, enabling communities to utilise and conserve the land for generations to come.
WAF have recognised Ace Africa’s success in this area and hence have selected Ace as a finalist of the WAF awards 2018. The global public vote for the winner of WAF has now opened. Vote for us and don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about our Community Livelihoods work in East Africa.
Vote for Ace for WAF 2018 here!! http://wafaward.org/ace-africa/