Through the DESERT FOOD pilot over 10 families have been provided with employment and agricultural training. Their work enables a decentralised and safe food and fresh water resource for the entire surrounding village, which inhabits roughly 320 families.
However, severe challenges remain. The high maintenance costs of reverse osmosis machines, combined with the region’s high poverty levels and poor infrastructure require highly efficient cultivation and sales systems to assure the pilots financial sustainability. These systems are now to be developed.
The pilot serves as a proof of concept. Once it is up and running the DESERT FOOD Foundation will actively look for other promising locations to set up further farms and increase its social impact.
In September 2015 the DESERT FOOD FOUNDATION has launched its first pilot project in Kenya’s poorest region, Turkana County. Turkana is particularly affected by climate change. Increasing droughts and desertification confront a largely pastoralist society with ever decreasing grass- lands, extreme food scarcity and intertribal conflict.
community led farms in arid and semi-arid regions
Impressions from the DESERT FOOD Pilot Project Inauguration
Introductory speech by DESERT FOOD founder Martin Schoeller
The video from the DESERT FOOD inauguration in Nariokotome Anam, Turkana Kenya.
The Beginnings of the DESERT FOOD Pilot Farm in Turkana
Two of the in total 10 women working on the DESERT FOOD pilot farm in Nariokotome Anam
New seedlings in one of the plots of the DESERT FOOD Pilot Farm
Looking after her plot on the DESERT FOOD pilot Farm
The watermelon plant flourishes very well in these dry on hot conditions
Getting rid dead leaves and looking for potential pests
Another local farmer working at the DESERT FOOD pilot, who is setting up the furrows in her part of the field
The spinach requires the shade of a green house to grow in Turkana
Joseph, the local manager of the reverse osmosis machine, together with the two farmers
One of the first yields of the pilot farm