Integration of ACF Kenya's ECHO funded programme in North Eastern Province, Kenya

Posted by: SAFE Administrator

Modified date: 10/18/2017

Integration of ACF Kenya's ECHO funded programme in North Eastern Province, Kenya


Technology field of reference: Cooking

Relevant sectors: Nutrition, Food Security, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Early Recovery & Livelihoods

Population type: Other

Category of funders: Not Available

Project Description

ACF has been working in Kenya's North Eastern Province (NEP) since 2002. They implemented a multi-sectorial project seeking to address the issues of vulnerability and risk to mortality due to malnutrition. The integrated approach was developed to address chronic underlying causes of vulnerability, provide curative services and engage beneficiaries to make healthy changes. The multi-sectoral strategy includes Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food Security / Livelihoods and nutrition activities. Part of the program included distribution of energy saving stoves to free women's time from domestic chores to care for children. The project sought to reduce vulnerability of the population to acute malnutrition, improve food security, provide income generation activities and reduce women's workloads. The project was successful in introducing fuel efficient stoves (FES) into refugee households.They found that they saved time since they didn't have to collect as much firewood and they had more time to engage in livelihood activities or spend time with their children. There were reports that neighbors were asking the beneficiaries to build them new stoves. The beneficiaries were able to acquire new skills, and the materials required to make the stoves were easily accessible. Thus there was high uptake of stoves among non-targeted beneficiaries as well. The project found linkages with food security activities, and there was no stigma or issues related to how the beneficiaries prepared their foods. In Takaba, stoves were introduced through community structures, which meant that there was high potential for community ownership. In Garissa, beneficiaries were targeted through feeding programs, which had a low potential for community ownership. Finally, the cost of the project should not be an impediment for the implementing organization if there is a high interest in the activity as it will result in a high uptake of the cook stove.

Technology or Technologies used

Cookit Solar Cooker


Starting and ending date

From 01/01/2002 to 01/01/2010

Number of beneficiaries reached through energy related activites or interventions

Women enrolled in a feeding program in the North Eastern Province of Kenya

Names of implementing partners

Action Against Hunger (ACF-USA), Action Contre la Faim (ACF)

Funding sources