EMAUA organisation is a local organisation based in Malaba, Kenya, that works on developing and spreading knowledge based on the use of local, free resources. Its main focus are food, access to health care and reafforestation.
Its mission is to provide means for low-earning communities of Western Kenya to increase their self-reliance. Its two main partners are Association Isegeretoto and Association EffectChange, both based in Switzerland.
It operates in the geographical coverage of Teso North sub-county, Busia county, in the Western Region of Kenya. Its headquarter is at Isegeretoto School in Malaba Kenya, where it runs an organic food self-sufficiency project since EMAUA’s beginnings in 2015.
We currently run:
A 3-year organic food self-sufficiency project in a school of 250 children,with a production based on the use of local resources.
A program of sensitisation of the people of Teso North on the production of fertilisers, insecticides and traditional remedies based on the use of local resources. We achieved a number of 17,000 people (mainly between 12-18 years) in 2017.
An indigenous tree nursery of 25,000 trees that will be planted in schools and farms with the local community.
WHERE WE WORK.
North-Teso sub-county region experiences a tropical climate, with a good potential for land cultivation within the two rainy seasons, long rains (March to May) and short rains (September to November). However due to climate change, the dry season highly fluctuates in its length and intensity year after year, which occasionally causes wide damages within communities. A climate smart agriculture, that leverages local, drought resistant varieties of crops and uses agroforestry to mitigate water evaporation and increase soil organic matter, is needed.
The youth forms 60 % of the working population albeit a scarcity of employment opportunities and minimal access to microfinance and savings facilities. The westernization of the culture causes a greater individualism in the elaboration of self-employment patterns. As most families have access to land, joining hands into more lucrative farming businesses could be of great benefit, rather than getting engaged individually into small-scale businesses with little profitability. Hence, agroecology presents high potential to bring communities together and improve their livelihoods.
EMAUA finds the situational circumstances to present advantages in the execution of community empowering activities. The main problematic being:
Addressing the levels of people living in critical poverty by improving food security, enhancing income generating activities and developing capacity of the member of the community.
Researching with a focus on development, various techniques and technologies that require locally available and affordable resources.
Addressing climate change through innovative climatic action and other environmental friendly practices (eg. agroforestry, soil organic matter content increase, etc.)
Integrating the traditional and modern development in order to achieve a better standard of life through efforts in education and knowledge dissemination, medicine and health, agricultural practices and soft engineering.