Ruth Amongo Ouma, Enhanced Homestead Food Production

Two young men and a woman dig in a dirt plot next to cassava trees.

Over 10 million people in Kenya, approximately 23% of the population, suffer from chronic food insecurity while 35% of children under five years suffer from chronic malnutrition. Ruth Amongo Ouma gives this demographic in the country’s capital of Nairobi inspiration through the Enhanced Homestead Food Production project, empowering women from poor households with education and resources needed to raise their own nutritious foods. The project works with local farmers and community organizations to establish Village Model Farms and farmer Field Schools where female participants receive hands-on training in gardening and farming practices that result in yields of iron-rich green leafy vegetables, vitamin-A fortified fruits and protein filled beans.

Date grant awarded: April 29, 2016