KENYA, JULY 2018 ― Australian mining company–Base Titanium (“Base”) has distributed over 600 hens and 200 roosters to 100 Kwale households as part of its poultry livelihood programme.
The programme aims to improve food security, a central feature of the Government’s Big 4 Action Plan, as well as to provide an income stream through sale of eggs and breeding and sale of additional birds.
The chickens were distributed to residents of Bumamani, Barcelona, Kilole, Mwaloya, Muhaka, Mtambwe and Muhaka Mbaru Villages in Msambweni Sub-County.
Base has provided training to the beneficiaries to ensure positive breeding outcomes and sustainability of the programme.
The poultry programme is part of Base’s ongoing commitment to community development and enhancing livelihoods of the residents of Kwale County.
During the handover, Base’s Community Programmes Superintendent, Mwanaharusi Khamis urged the participants to take advantage of the opportunity.
She said:“The training you have received will help you develop your own profitable poultry businesses while also improving nutrition and health outcomes for your families”.
In addition, Base and East African Breweries Limited (EABL) have partnered to train sorghum farmers on best practices of post-harvest handling of the crop in order to meet EABL’s quality standards.
The training will cover all sorghum farmers participating in the programme across 13 wards in Kwale County.
Base provides seeds, tools and the necessary training to grow sorghum and EABL purchases the harvested product.
This is a partnership under the livelihoods programme that ensures farmers have a guaranteed market for their products.
Geoffrey Ochula of EABL commented:“This training is paramount for the farmers, especially during this rainy season because of the perishable and sensitive nature of harvested sorghum. We hope that farmers will heed our advice to maximise their benefits from the harvest through proper post-harvest handling of sorghum.”
In addition to supporting the Big 4 Action Plan, Base’s community programmes are closely aligned with the Kwale County Integrated Development Plan and, by collaborating with the County Government, support development priorities.
Base which has been mining Titanium ores in the Coastal County since 2013 has invested over Ksh7.6 billion directly in community projects.
With substantial amounts of funding going towards these projects, it is intended to be the engine room for community development that will outlast the life of the mine.
Agricultural and animal husbandry programmes play a major role in this objective. The firm has been engaging a specialist Australian consultant to look into improving agricultural productivity and diversity in Kwale.
Business for Development (“B4D”) has an extensive track record of implementing such programmes in a number of countries.
Other projects include Supporting the Ministry of Health in the implementation of its Community Health Strategy which aims to improve the health status of Kenyan communities and working with local non-governmental and community based organisations in the area of enterprise development, such as Village Savings and Loans Association (“VSLA”) schemes for volunteer community health workers and enterprise development for youth and women’s groups.