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n a joyous celebration in Mathare’s Mashimoni ward, the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya marked a significant milestone—the graduation of participants in the Resilient Recovery Project (RRP). This transformative initiative has been instrumental in empowering vulnerable mothers and fathers in the urban informal settlements of Mathare.
The National Agroforestry Strategy Development Workshop convened to scrutinize the draft Agroforestry strategy, aimed to identify and address any gaps before finalization and subsequent implementation.
AWAK proudly celebrated the achievements of the 1st Cohort of the Real Gifts Project. The participants, who exhibited commendable dedication and active involvement throughout the training sessions, were honored with certificates of participation and equipped with essential starter kits to kick start their transformative journey.
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Read the inspiring story of Jane Changawa, a mother and beneficiary of the Resilient Recover Project from Kawangware slum Nairobi who has turned the rooftop of her house into a thriving profitable urban farm.
The success of the Resilient Recovery Project in Mathare’s Mashimoni ward underscores the transformative impact of community empowerment. Through practical training and a resilient spirit, vulnerable mothers and fathers are not merely recipients of assistance but active contributors to their own betterment.
AWAK recently attended the We-Care Phase 5.1 inception workshop, an intensive two-day session, hosted in collaboration with implementing partners Youth Alive! Kenya and funded by Oxfam in Kenya, aimed at fortifying the impact of the Women’s Economic Empowerment and Care (WE-Care) program
In alignment with the National Tree Planting holiday, AWAK generously donated tree seedlings, which found their new homes in 5 schools, 3 churches,the chief’s camp and in the homes of 60 village elders and local farmers.
AWAK Mombasa Centre team, with enthusiasm and dedication, planted a substantial number of trees during the ceremony, the trees serving as a testament to AWAK’s dedication to contributing to a greener, cooler, and more sustainable planet.
AWAK was honoured to be part of the Africa Women in Agricultural Research Development (AWARD) strategy 2023-2027 launch that builds on their 15 years Experience in strengthening Gender Responsive Development for Africa.
AWAK proudly honored the achievements of the 3rd and 4th Cohorts of participants who successfully completed the Resilient Recovery Project (RRP). Under this transformative initiative, these resilient mothers and fathers engaged in a diverse range of training activities, including urban farming, food processing (baking), clean energy (briquettes making), business development skills, and mental wellness.
Mothers from Korogocho slum Nairobi graduate from the Resilient Recovery project receive gifts and start up kits
In a significant stride towards ensuring gender inclusivity and responsiveness, AWAK was proudly represented at the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) Validation workshop held at Mercure Hotel in Nairobi County, marking a crucial step towards the drafting of KNBS’s strategic plan for the years 2023 – 2027.
AWAK had the distinct honor of hosting our esteemed donors,The Croda Foundation, for the Resilient Recovery Project – RRP Project in a significant event in Nairobi County, where our dedicated field team, led by our National Executive Chair lady, accompanied the Executive Director of Croda Foundation, Mr. Rommel Moseley, and Grant Associate, Mr. Ben Smitton, got to visit beneficiaries from Korogocho and Kawangware slums – the heart of the RRP Project.
AWAK attended the commemoration of the International Day of Care and Support serves highlighting the importance of fostering an environment that values and supports those engaged in care work, ultimately contributing to a more inclusive and equitable society.
AWAK team actively participated in a three-day workshop held in Nakuru County, dedicated to disseminating the findings of the Kenya Time Use Survey (KTU) report in regards to Unpaid Care and Domestic Work.
AWAK attends the first-ever National Cassava Conference Expo 2023 (NCCE). The three-day conference, organized by Self Help Africa, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development, KALRO, and Mennonite Economic Development Associates (MEDA), aimed to spearhead innovation and technology for the commercialization of the cassava sector.
World Food Forum 2023 provided a unique platform for AWAK to amplify its commitment to driving positive change in the agrifood sector through youth involvment.
AWAK Donates 1300 tree seedlings to farmers living in Arid and Semi Arid Land(ASAL) in a groundbreaking project dubbed Land Restoration and Agroforestry
In an exciting development, the AWAK has forged a powerful alliance with Človek v ohrození (People in Need – Slovakia) through their Real Gifts for Vulnerable People project which is set to bring about positive changes in the lives of vulnerable households and communities, particularly in Likoni Slums, Mombasa.
In a remarkable collaboration, the Association of Women in Agriculture
Resilient Recovery Project (RRP) reaches a significant milestone as AWAK celebrates the successfull Graduation of Phase 3 Cohort 1 participants
Farmers representing all Kenyan regions attend a two-day Public Participation Forum on the proposed Carbon Markets Regulations 2023 organized by the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya
AWAK participated in a transformative Home Based Child Care workshop organized by Global Development Incubator (GDI) in partnership with Early Childhood Development Action Network (ECDAN).
Our field officers engaged with exhibitors, gaining invaluable lessons that will undoubtedly shape the future of our initiatives.
Participants delved into the intricacies of briquette making, learning not only the technical aspects but also the broader implications for environmental conservation and economic empowerment.
18 urban farming champions from the previous phase have transitioned into the role of Trainers of Trainers. 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.
AWAK in partnership with the Croda Foundation, is thrilled to announce the official launch of Phase 3 of the Resilient Recovery for Vulnerable mothers living in the Urban Informal Settlements Project (RRP) aimed at addressing key challenges faced by vulnerable families.
In an exciting stride towards revolutionizing agriculture in Machakos County, the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) participated in discussions at the Agriculture Sector Development Support Programme (ASDSP II) for Umbrella Bodies
AWAK showcased the inspiring success stories of project participants who have been sponsored through the Coca Cola Foundation initiative. These individuals are actively involved in practices that promote Food Security & Nutrition, Food processing/Value addition, and Clean Energy Through techniques like Urban farming, Baking, and Briquettes making, they are transforming their lives and making a real impact on their communities. AWAK in collaboration with the Mombasa County Government Department of Blue Economy Agriculture and Livestock won three awards in the agriculture category.
Our National Executive Chairlady Ms. Judy Matu had the honor and the privilege to announce the WAYA 2023 winner for the value addition category at the ongoing #AGRF2023 summit.
The #Value4Her Women Agriprenuers of the Year Award (WAYA) is a prestigious recognition initiative led by AGRA and launched in 2021 as part of AGRA’s flagship Value4Her program. The award aims to empower women Agriprenuers across Africa.
The AGRF Summit 2023 continues to be a pivotal moment in the journey towards a greener, more sustainable, and gender-inclusive agricultural future for Africa
AWAK has teamed up with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) to spearhead a transformative project in Kitui, Makueni, and Taita Taveta counties. This initiative, aptly named the ‘Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa’ (AICCRA), is set to usher in a new era of climate-resilient farming practices, propelling local communities toward prosperity and sustainability.
Being a member of the Food and Land Use Coalition Kenya (FOLU), AWAK took part in a workshop hosted by FOLU, a pivotal event aimed at shaping Kenya’s Food Systems and Land Use Action Plan for the years 2024-2030, to represent the voices and concerns of smallholder farmers.
Through a strategic collaboration with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) is at the forefront of the Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (Aiccra) project, generously funded by the World. This endeavor is poised to initiate a paradigm shift towards climate-resilient farming practices, catalyzing prosperity and sustainability within local communities.
AWAK, in partnership with the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), is at the forefront of the pioneering Accelerating Impacts of CGIAR Climate Research for Africa (Aiccra) project, which has received substantial funding from the World. This endeavor is set to inaugurate a fresh era of climate-resilient agricultural practices, propelling local communities toward prosperity and sustainability.
Through the Agroforestry and Soil Health Project, AWAK aims to harness the power of agroforestry—a holistic approach that integrates tree planting with traditional agriculture. This innovative approach not only rejuvenates the soil but also provides an array of benefits, from improved crop yields to carbon sequestration and enhanced biodiversity.
Greetings, fellow conservationists and nature enthusiasts! On this special occasion of #WorldMangroveDay, the Association of Women in Agriculture, Kenya (AWAK) is proud to share our recent efforts in restoring and protecting our valuable mangrove ecosystems.
In a groundbreaking partnership, AWAK has joined forces with the Office of the First Lady, Her Excellency Mama Rachel Ruto, under the ‘Mama Doing Good’ initiative.
AWAK embarks on a transformative partnership with Strathmore University and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through the Kenya Small Business Development Center (SBDC) project to support beneficiaries enterprises
AWAK launches groundbreaking 2023-2027 Strategic Plan, charting an ambitious path toward promoting gender equality, women’s empowerment, and sustainable agricultural practices in the agricultural landscape for women across the nation.
AWAK took part in discussions held at the Intergovernmental Consultative Framework for Gender Sector in Kitui County. Under AWAK’s esteemed representation, the meeting witnessed the involvement of committees focusing on critical areas such as gender-based violence (GBV), peace and security, women in leadership, women’s socio-economic empowerment, and male engagement and inclusion
AWAK’s participation in this vital meeting signifies a crucial step towards breaking trade barriers and promoting the economic empowerment of women in Kenyan agriculture.
The Association of Women in Agricultures Kenya (AWAK) is proud to announce we have officially joined the The Food and Land Use (FOLU) Kenya Coalition network as one of the member organisations.
In a triumphant event that marked a significant milestone in the lives of vulnerable mothers residing in urban informal settlements, the Association of Women in Agricultures Kenya (AWAK) held a remarkable graduation ceremony for the participants of the Resilient Recovery for Vulnerable Mothers Living in the Urban Informal Settlements Project
The ICCRA project is dedicated to making climate information services and climate-smart agriculture more accessible to millions of farmers across Africa. By providing better access to technology and advisory services, coupled with crucial information
Coca Cola Coastal Bottlers Kenya, recognizing the potential of women and youth entrepreneurs, has initiated a program aimed at supporting start-ups. This program offers cooler boxes and Coca-Cola products to budding entrepreneurs.
Thanks to the generous support of Krushan Foundation, we are officially scaling up the Resilient Recovery Project (RRP) at Ziwa la Ng’ombe slums. Our ongoing RRP project is designed to enhance food security and nutrition, promote the adoption of clean energy, and encourage profitable agribusine
We had the honour of hosting the County Assembly Committe for Blue Economy, Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries – Mombasa County Assembly; Led by their Chairman Hon. Mbelle in our offices earlier today. The team was on a familiarisation visit, to know more about AWAK and seek possible areas of collaboration.
A highlight of the visit was the esteemed presence of His Excellency Dr. Julius Malombe, the Governor of Kitui County. Dr. Malombe took the time to engage with AWAK representatives and gain firsthand insights into the Unpaid Care project’s accomplishments.
Earlier today, our National Executive Chair lady – Judy Matu
International Women’s Day 2023 In many countries, women face significant
As the curtains open for 2023, we look back at 2022 with gratitude over the opportunities we had to make a difference by transforming lives; and the milestones we have achieved in all our projects
A showcase of the IMPACT created by the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya through the Resillient Recovery Project for vulnerable women and mothers living in urban slums.
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Women Economic Empowerment Project☑️October Class graduation Ceremony What a day…😍🤩🏆🏅💐Congratulations to all 328 October beneficiaries from Bamburi Ward, for successfully completing all the sessions within ‘Resilient Recovery program for vulnerable mothers living in urban informal settlements
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Today’s food production, climate action, and economic empowerment trainings sessions featured the remarkable Korogocho United, a women’s football team comprised of reformed young mothers who turned to sports as a means to distance themselves from social vices.
In the heart of the vibrant African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) Summit 2022, the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) stood tall, exemplifying the pivotal role of women in nourishing the world.
Honoured! The Head of State, President Uhuru Kenyatta acknowledging the work we are doing with vulnerable women living in urban informal settlements
The project improves food security among urban slum families who
Youth Alive! Kenya has partnered with AWAK in a phase 2 project dubbed ‘Resilient recovery for vulnerable mothers living in urban informal settlement areas
The Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) took center stage as they proudly hosted the National Agroforestry Strategy stakeholder consultation forum at their AWAK Centre in Mombasa. This significant event was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives, along with esteemed partners such as World Vision, ICRAF, VI-Agroforestry, CTCN, Nature Kenya, and other key stakeholders.
In a compelling address during the Agroecology: Ecosystem-Based Adaptation in Agriculture discussion at COP26, the Executive Chairlady of the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya, highlighted the efforts AWAK is putting on to empower women smallholder farmers through climate resilient agricultural practices.
AWAK and OXFAM Kenya launch the Agroforestry and Soil Health Projects in Kitui County to Drive Land Restoration, Carbon Reduction, Economic Empowerment, and Gender Equality
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Amplifying the voice of farmers regarding food security in Kenya,