For further information contact:
USADF Country Program Assistant
Mr. Benjamin Kakuta
USADF Lodwar Field Office
Mama Mzungu Street off Nawoitorong Road
P.O. Box 508
Lodwar, 30500 Kenya
Tel: (+254) 05421425
USADF began investing in Turkana County in March 2011
USADF launched the Turkana Food Security Program in March 2011 and funded seventeen new grants in its inaugural year of operations.
Focus: Investing in irrigated agriculture, livestock and fishing sectors. USADF grants support the production of food for both subsistence and income generation through sale at local and foreign markets.
Underserved: USADF works with the Turkana population of the arid northwest Turkana County, a geographically remote area with poor road access to other parts of Kenya.
Food Security: The Turkana are pastoralist society traditionally sustained by their livestock. However, due to prolonged droughts and violent cattle raids by neighboring tribes, livestock is no longer reliable as the sole source of sustenance for the Turkana. USADF grants target food production, livestock trade and the fishing and irrigated agriculture sectors. Fishing grants focus on both subsistence and commercial production on Lake Turkana and irrigated agriculture grants produce both staple and cash crops. USADF grants improve access to diverse and nutritious food and decrease dependency on donor aid relief.
Conflict: Turkana County borders South Sudan, northeastern Uganda, and southern Ethiopia. Conflicts in these areas, especially along the borders, have facilitated local populations’ access to weapons.