Cassava Comes In

Marsabit Village, Kenya


During the month of May, I was able to emphasise the importance of observing the Ministry of Health’s guidelines to stop the spread of the coronavirus as villagers gathered to receive relief food donated by local faith-based programmes. At least 310 families received relief food to cushion them against the double punch of the COVID-19 pandemic and locust invasion. These households received 20 kilogrammes of maize, 5 kilogrammes of beans, 1 litre of cooking oil, and 1 packet of salt. 


The COVID-19 crisis is taking a toll on everyone, especially the old and the young, increasing their vulnerability. This comes at a time when many people are unable to feed even themselves. 


Some Agriculture Committee members who planted cassava cuttings from the Kenya Agricultural and Livestock Research Station harvested their crop. The families with cassava plants have also been taught how to utilise the leaves of the cassava plants, which are rich in proteins and vitamins, and delicious as well.


Relief food distribution targeted the very needy families in both villages, but a few other families additionally received some bars of soap, hand sanitisers, and masks. These villagers now have soap for washing hands and masks for covering their faces. I continue to create awareness and promote public health care advice. Unfortunately, many of the villagers still don’t practise social distancing.


Thank you!



GHNI Partner