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In pursuit of sustainable solutions within Kenya’s Arid and Semi-Arid regions, the Miramar International Foundation (MIF) has embarked on transformative initiatives that shape livelihoods and communities. A prime example of this dedication unfolded in 2021 through a partnership with GIZ-Kenya, as MIF embarked on a hydroponics farming training program in the arid expanse of Turkana County.

Amidst the challenges posed by the region’s aridity, MIF recognized the potential of hydroponics farming to provide a lifeline to both refugees and host community members. By harnessing innovative soilless cultivation techniques, hydroponics presented a promising avenue to counter the region’s unpredictable weather patterns and limited natural resources.

The result was a comprehensive training program that empowered 92 individuals, including refugees and host community members, with the knowledge and skills to establish and manage hydroponics production units. Spread across 6 different sites, these units took root in Kakuma township, Kakuma refugee camps, and the Kalobeyei Settlement, strategically impacting both rural and settlement-based communities.

The hydroponics units not only bore the promise of sustainable agricultural practices but also the potential to address critical issues such as food insecurity and economic empowerment. By cultivating fruiting and leafy vegetables, participants were able to secure a source of nutritious food for their families, while also exploring avenues for commercial production that could generate income and transform their economic prospects.

The success of this endeavor wasn’t just measured in hydroponically nurtured crops; it was measured in lives transformed and communities uplifted. MIF’s commitment to creating tangible impact extended beyond the training rooms and hydroponic units, resonating with the spirit of innovation and collaboration that drove this initiative.

As MIF’s hydroponics journey continues, the legacy of this training program stands as a testament to the potential that lies within even the most arid landscapes. By empowering communities with knowledge, tools, and sustainable techniques, MIF continues to shape a brighter and more resilient future for all, one hydroponic harvest at a time.

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