This research project will explore the nature of agriculture as a component of livelihoods for disabled people in a slum area of Thika, Kenya. It will also consider the constraints and barriers they face in this field, such as access to inputs for farming and gardening, agricultural extension services, and markets to sell produce.
The action-based second component of the research evaluates the issues faced by people with disabilities who grow home nutrition gardens. The project first assesses what needs to be adapted for the gardens to be successful as well as how to reach disabled people more effectively. Subsequently it will consider the impact of this programme (such as increased food availability, nutrition and income). It will also evaluate the effect of existing home nutrition gardens on disabled people’s nutritional status and the availability of food in their households.
This project started in January 2012 and publications and other information from this project will be included on this site as they are produced.
An Open Day was held on International Day of Persons with Disabilities (1st December 2012) in Thika, Kenya to showcase the work of the Research into Use project. It was attended by over 50 people, including representatives from the US Embassy, DPOs, NGOs, schools, universities and the Ministries of Health and Agriculture (Thika District). Presentations were made by Dr Maria Kett (LCD), Washington Opiyo (LCD), Ms Louise Labuschagne (Real Impact), the Head Pupil and the US Deputy Ambassador.