Influence of non governmental organizations intervention strategies on food security in arid lands: the case of water for livestock programme in Garissa County, Kenya.
Mburugu, Frankline Gikunda
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The purpose of the study was to assess the influence of nongovernmental organizations strategic intervention on food security in arid lands of Kenya focusing on Lagdera Sub County, Garissa County. The gap being addressed was to empirically establish whether there was influence of the below stated strategic interventions on food security. The goal of the study was achieved through the specific objectives which included; establishing the extent to which training for capacity building, improved access to market information, assessing county infrastructures, adoption of modern storage and food production technology, have had any influence food security. Three NGOs in collaboration with government agencies have been implementing various food security strategic interventions as mentioned above. Despite the implementation of said strategies, the targeted beneficiaries still rely on relief food from the donors and the government agencies. This raises questions as to whether the strategic interventions adopted have had any significant influence in enhancing food security in Garissa County especially for Lagdera Sub County. The study adopted descriptive survey research design to collect and analyze data. The target population was determined with reference to the documented government census and population report of 2009 and a sample size was determined by getting 10% of accessible respectively to arrive at a sample of 121 respondents. Descriptive, correlations and cross tabulation was adopted for data analysis using SPSS. Tables, figures and texts will be used for data presentation.Non governmental organizations were found to be the most provider of training for capacity building. NGOs had a small significance to provision of market information, majority were found to supply food to the local markets. From the findings it was concluded that NGOs did not carry adequate trainings though trainings had a positive correlation meaning that it influenced food security bin the region. The data analysis shows that some strategic interventions are likely to influence food security as shown by some positive correlations such as , accessibility to market information, access to food storage information in areas where food production technology. Following the data analysis an indication of possible influences between variables under investigation, it was recommended that further studies on these areas may focus on establishing the possible cause effects relationship between Training on food security, accessibility to market information, kind of development agencies, access to food storage information and areas where food production technology is used are likely to influence saving, engagement in food production activities, access to food and its availability respectively.