Arid Lands Development Focus (ALDEF)

Food Security and Livelihoods


We are committed to ensuring food security and enhancing livelihoods for vulnerable communities in arid and semi-arid lands (ASAL) regions. Our Food Security and Livelihoods program aims to promote sustainable agricultural practices, improve access to markets, and support alternative income-generating activities. By building resilient food systems and empowering communities, we strive to create a sustainable and prosperous future for all.

What We Do

Sustainable Agriculture: We promote climate-smart agricultural practices that enhance productivity and resilience. This includes training farmers on soil conservation, water management, and the use of drought-resistant crops.

Market Access: We work to improve access to local and regional markets for smallholder farmers. Our initiatives include building market infrastructure, facilitating market linkages, and providing training on value addition and marketing skills.

Income-Generating Activities: We support the development of alternative livelihoods to diversify income sources and reduce dependency on traditional farming. This includes training on vocational skills, small business development, and financial literacy.

Nutrition Education: We conduct nutrition education programs to promote healthy eating habits and improve the nutritional status of vulnerable populations. This includes training on the preparation of nutritious meals and the importance of a balanced diet.

Our Approach

Community Engagement: We actively involve community members in the planning and implementation of our food security and livelihoods projects. This ensures that interventions are tailored to the specific needs and contexts of the communities we serve.

Capacity Building: We provide training and resources to enhance the skills and knowledge of farmers, local businesses, and community groups. This empowers them to adopt sustainable practices and improve their livelihoods.

Partnerships: We collaborate with government agencies, international organizations, and private sector partners to leverage resources and expertise for greater impact. These partnerships help to scale up successful interventions and ensure long-term sustainability.

Success Stories

Improved Agricultural Productivity: Through our training programs on climate-smart agriculture, farmers in ASAL regions have reported significant increases in crop yields and income, enhancing their food security and resilience to climate shocks.

Market Access Initiatives: Our efforts to improve market access have enabled smallholder farmers to sell their produce at better prices, increasing their income and contributing to local economic growth.

Alternative Livelihoods: By supporting alternative income-generating activities, we have helped many community members diversify their income sources, reducing their vulnerability to economic shocks and improving their overall well-being.