Enhancing food security through outreach youth champions

EFSOYC projectis an initiative of Kenyatta University in collaboration with Impressive and Digital opportunity trust that aims at achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) food security in Arid, Semi -Arid areas and urban poor in the country. The initiative called for ideas from youths and asked organizations to fund the project for a period of 7 months purposefully to feed the hungry households in marginalized regions. Brain Owino and Mercy Karanja fourth year Students in the Department of Environmental Science and Education presented an innovation and managed to win a funding for the project for a period of 7 months a project to be implemented for urban poor of Kaijado county starting June 2019. This case competition involved 3 stages: proposal land detailed submission, pitching and result winners’ delegation which was held on 16th March, 2018.

The goal of the EFSOYC project goals includes: to enhance food security and improve livelihoods in the urban and rural areas through Agri- enterprise initiatives targeting the most food insecure farming households using OYC. Grand Challenges is a family of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems. Each initiative is an experiment in the use of challenges to focus innovation on making an impact. Individual challenges address some of the same problems, but from differing perspectives.

Kenyatta University has trained young people to be outreach youth champions to support local smallholder farming households with low food security in Kenya by teaching them new agricultural practices and building financial and social support networks. They will develop a mobile phone application and training platform and test their approach in selected rural and urban areas in Kenya where many smallholder farming families rely heavily on food relief. Sixteen young people who are leaving university will be recruited as outreach youth champions and intensively trained over three weeks on best agricultural practices, and financial and support services such as farmer saving groups. The trained youths will then each go back into their own communities and work with ten households to improve overall social and economic status.

They use surveys to evaluate the effect of their approach on food security id you mean:  provide young people in urban slums with knowledge and tools to identify elements that promote the spread of diseases by rats and mosquitoes such as dengue and Zika virus infection, and engage their communities to help combat those diseases. They recruit young residents from urban slums to test their approach and develop a digital platform that provides tools, online mentors, resources, and funding to help young people aged between 13 and 25 solve critical issues in their communities.

The Youth Challenge Platform approach has already shown initial success for over a hundred projects proposed and run by international youth will use a digital learning platform and teaching network to teach young people how to create 360-degree spherical imagery of field sites that function as virtual field trips to share their experiences about specific UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and better engage and teach others They l implement four related projects in which participants can win cash prizes.

These projects include an eight-week training course for ten professionals aged 18 to 30 that provides mentorship and skills to help develop their business plans, tours of ten primary schools with a local youth theater production company to teach nine to eleven year olds about the nutritional and economic value of baigan (eggplant), including a competition to design their own superheroes and nutritious snacks, and focusing their Agricultural Fun, Museum and Food Factory Park for the under 30's to teach visitors about food and local agricultural products using educational games. They will evaluate each project using surveys and metrics such as numbers of participants and related activity on social media.

The students pose for a picture with other participants in front of a EFSOYC Project banner

Brain Owino and Mercy Karanja fourth year Students in the Department of Environmental Science and Education presenting an innovation at the competition


Brain Owino and Mercy Karanja fourth year Students in the Department of Environmental Science and Education presenting an innovation at the competition

Kenyatta University
Dean School of Environmental Studies
EFSOYC Project officials
Administrative Assistant