In a groundbreaking initiative under the Resilient Recovery Project (RRP), the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya has successfully completed the Urban Farming Training of Trainers (TOTs) program. Focused on promoting food security and nutrition in the urban slums of Kawangware and Korogocho, this project has not only changed landscapes but also impacted the lives of vulnerable households.
During the last phase of the RRP project, once dumping sites, now transformed into thriving urban farms, have become a source of nutritious vegetables for households in the targeted areas. Mothers, in particular, have experienced economic empowerment by selling surplus vegetables from their kitchen gardens, contributing to their families’ well-being.
In a significant development, 18 urban farming champions from the previous phase have transitioned into the role of TOTs for the new phase. Recently, they underwent a comprehensive refresher course on urban farming techniques and received training skills to prepare them for the crucial task of training the new project beneficiaries, set to commence next week.
As part of the program, a visit was made to Jane’s kitchen garden—a success story from the previous phase who has now emerged as a leading TOT in Phase 2. The exchange program facilitated a peer-to-peer learning experience, highlighting the practical implementation of urban farming techniques. Jane’s journey exemplifies the transformative impact of the program, showcasing how beneficiaries can evolve into influential leaders within their communities.
The TOTs are now well-equipped and poised to make a significant impact in the upcoming phase. Their dedication and expertise promise to further the goals of the RRP project, continuing to bring positive change to the lives of those in Nairobi’s urban slums.