DAK ACHANA: PURSUING FOOD SECURITY WITH MARKET ENGAGEMENT IN KENYA DAK ACHANA: PURSUING FOOD SECURITY WITH MARKET ENGAGEMENT IN KENYA Jennifer Jensen/CARE download

Dak Achana: Persuing Food Security with Market Engagement in Kenya

This case study explores how CARE Kenya combined food security programming with an emerging market engagement strategy to decrease food shortages and increase incomes in western Kenya. With support from USAID, CARE implemented the Dak Achana project from 2004 to 2009. Over this period, the multi-component initiative succeeded in reducing the incidence of food shortages among the target area households from 86 percent in 2006 to 65 percent in 2008. The project has benefitted well over 100,000 Kenyans. These results are not insignificant in a region where 60 percent of the population lives in poverty and 90 percent of households depend on subsistence agriculture for their staple foods.

  • Countries: Kenya
  • Co-authors: Jennifer M. K. Jensen
  • Published: December 2010

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