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Christian Impact Missions Founder gives lecture at CAVS

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Wed, 2013-05-08 08:57

The Centre for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) recently held a successful Public Lecture entitled, empowering communities for climate change adaptation and food security: Case of community-driven dryland farming in Yatta, Machakos County. The Lecture was held at the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS), University of Nairobi (UoN). Dr. Bishop. Titus Masika, the founder and director of Christian Impact Missions (CIM) was the invited guest.

CIM was established 35 years ago by young Christian professionals with the goal of empowering individuals, families and communities to discover and exploit God given abilities and potential. It was also meant to engage them towards realizing human dignity and improved livelihoods in Kenyan communities, Africa and beyond.

Dr. Masika said that Yatta constituency was one of the areas that was hard hit by the 2009 drought. This prompted CIM to initiate a project dubbed Operation Mwolyo Out (Mwolyo is a kamba word for relief) in the region with the purpose of addressing issues of climate change, attaining food security hence eradicating dependency on relief. The project was to embrace an integrated community transformation approach that touched on various human dimensions including; religious, social, economic, technological, environmental and political dimensions.

According to the Bishop, one of the biggest challenges in Yatta was water scarcity. “Women used to go for more than 18 to 20km daily in search of water. Measures had to be put in place to ensure people have sufficient water.” he said

The community decided to come up with water harvesting methods. Each household was required to dig a water pan to store rain water which they would not only use for domestic purposes but also for irrigation. Within one year the community had dug more than 1,500 water pans and today the community boasts of more than 3,000 water pans.

Appropriate Agricultural technology was then adopted to ensure the community was food secure

In his closing remarks, Dr. Masika called on the University to partner with the farmers and impart new skills to enable them utilize both the rich indigenous knowledge and new innovations for increased production.


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