Serving in Kenya
Ruth serves with CBM as Senior Food Security Specialist in Africa, with specific reference to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda and South Sudan. She is Kenyan and brings her expertise in community development, program design, monitoring and evaluation as well as commitment to integral mission, and deep faith in God’s grace to the role. Prior to joining CBM in 2008, Ruth worked with a number of international and local NGOs where she gained extensive experience in development work as both a staff member and consultant.
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The effects of climate change have been felt globally, particularly in Africa with the already existing harsh conditions.
At the end of September, 2016, we held a training with the African Christian Church & Schools (ACC&S) field staff who work with the Embu food security project, Kenya. The staff had challenges in data collection in the communities. The Ten Seed Technique is a simple participatory data collection tool which was introduced by Ravi Jayakaran, from World Vision, China in the mid 90’s. This technique uses 10 local seeds for the exercise and is useful in gathering qualitative information on various issues, especially related to the perceptions of the community and the way people see themselves in relation
Africa is experiencing negative social, economic and environmental impacts of climate change and environmental degradation as over 70% of the natural disasters are related to extreme weather and climate. Tens of thousands of hectares of farmlands in Africa have been so degraded that they no longer produce adequate or regular crops or can be used as pasture. For instance, 70% or more of Kenya’s population are subsistence farmers relying on this degraded resource base for their food and livelihoods, this has contributed to the dwindling food security situation. In order to address this, farmers need cost effective
The pigeon pea crop is a drought tolerant leguminous shrub that is planted by farmers as a green manure/cover crop and most importantly for home consumption. CBM in partnership with CFGB and the African Christian Church & Schools (ACC&S) runs a food security project in Embu, Kenya. Figure 3: Pigeon Pea at flowering stage, Embu. The project has trained 600 farmers and facilitated them with seeds to plant pigeon peas crop for the first time in the area. Farmers like Patrick and his wife narrate how through the pigeon peas harvest and consumption, their protein diet has
In Africa, CBM currently runs 4 food security projects which target about 3,000 farmers in partnership with the Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB), in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2), Rwanda (1) and Kenya (1). In May 2016, I had an opportunity to visit farmers in Muku area, Walungu Territory, South Kivu Province, in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Embu project in Kenya. The Muku project has been there for the last 17 months since its inception in January 2015. The Muku area has extremely steep slopes and is susceptible to soil erosion where tonnes