What we do
Sustainability instead of crises
Climate crisis, climate change, global warming – many names, the etymology of which is not worth delving into here, but the impact of which on food security and livelihoods in East Africa is undeniable.
In the spring of 2023, six consecutive rainy seasons had failed. Famine had been declared in most parts of Somalia. In Kenya, the cost of food had made three meals a day a utopia for the majority of families – for example, the price of essential maize flour had more than doubled in five years.
There are numerous challenges: East African countries often rely on food imports, especially wheat from Ukraine and Russia. Erratic rainfall and extended dry periods have made cultivation difficult. The cost of fertilizers has become unaffordable for most small-scale farmers.
The climate crisis is also linked to women’s rights. Women are often the first to compromise their nutrition. Girls are more likely to be taken out of school to help with food production and procurement. Girls might be married off at younger ages, shifting the responsibility of their food security to the husband’s family.
Hence, turning away from the climate crisis is not an option: humanity must find ways to adapt to its consequences and ensure that the escalation of the climate crisis is halted. In our projects, we primarily focus on building sustainable food production and climate resilience.
In its projects, International Solidarity Foundation seeks to ensure that the prerequisites for local sustainable food production are enhanced. This entails several aspects, such as:
The significance of this kind of work is enormous at the local level. It increases food security, economic opportunities in the food market, and simultaneously fosters hope amidst a changing climate. For instance, the most important achievement of the water project in Somaliland was that those involved felt they could now remain in their hometowns.
ISF also engages in advocacy and stakeholder engagement, where we aim to highlight disparities in global South regarding food markets and climate financing. On the other hand, we establish connections between universities, businesses, and our projects, consistently striving to find more impactful ways to adapt to the consequences of the climate crisis.
Women’s status in the labor market improves
Sustainable farming practices and food production enhance women’s standing in the labor market. Simultaneously, the well-being of families and the community improves.
Bringing crises under control
Instead of moving from crisis to crisis, communities can better prepare for challenging weather conditions and exceptional years.
Enhancing local production value-addition
By developing local food production and improving value-addition, women gain significant opportunities for additional income.
Location: Kenya & Somaliland
Implementation period: 2021-
Partners: North Nyamira Women Sacco, ADO
Livelihood – Field Coordinator, Kenya
Livelihood Field Coordinator, Somaliland