A needs and assets assessment is a helpful way of establishing how a community functions and what interactions might be helpful in a rural setting. Feeding Futures initiated a partnership with the community of Mukinyai based at Mukinyai Primary School in Molo sub-county. This partnership formed one element in developing a model to contribute to sustainable school feeding for rural primary schools and the wider economic development of the associated community. The model involves a four year hand-over of school feeding supplied by Feeding Futures, to school parents and the community. It is intended to be replicable for use in other schools, subject to actual needs and circumstances.
We met with Dr Immaculate the County Executive Committee Member for the Nakuru Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries. She introduced us to Egerton University who arranged for Dave Ireri (left in the photo above) to undertake the needs and assets assessment at Mukinyai.
The purpose was to contribute research and recommendations to a sustainable school meals and community development model that could be used to improve current and future projects. The report found that despite declining production levels, the Mukinyai community has potential to produce fruits and other long term crops with the aid of training in conservation agriculture. It highlighted barriers such as lack of trust attributable to the post-election violence and lack of assets for intensive profitable production of horticulture and livestock. However, it found the community ready to support the school feeding programme.It recommended an approach which meets the community where they are at by providing training and support to those who wish to stick to what they know (short term crops) as well as for horticultural farmers who need support in irrigation equipment, proper seed varieties and training on best production practices. To read the full report click here Needs and Assets Assessment, Mukinyai – Final report 2019.9.2