GRACE Initiative seeks to transform poor rural agrarian communities in Kenya using an integrated approach. This initiative provides training in sustainable farming that leads to improved food security and self-sufficiency. GRACE Initiative recognizes the interdependency of plants and livestock on each other, and trains farmers on how utilize this relationship to improve food production. GRACE utilizes cattle, goats, chicken and fish in training. To combat starvation, GRACE has identified cassava, sweet potatoes and breadfruit as food security crops that it promotes.
To achieve its goals, GRACE works with the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Organization to identify varieties of cassava that are resistant to the cassava mosaic disease and cassava brown streak disease, and sweet potato varieties that have high concentrations of vitamins. These varieties are readily available locally.
Families will continue to experience food shortages in 2019 and 2020 due to delayed rains in 2019 and the resurgence of fall army worms that destroy maize. Maize is the staple food crop for most families in Kenya and it is therefore important to provide an alternative crop that is acceptable to the community. Vitamin fortified sweet potato add vitamins to a diet that is heavy on carbohydrates (maize) and protein (beans).
GRACE Initiative works with communities in western, central and coast provinces of Kenya