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SAFCP

Over the years, RODI Kenya has been implementing two successful extension programmes, namely Prisoner Rehabilitation Programme (PREP) and Schools Organic Agriculture Project (SOAP). PREP has been in operation since the year 1994; the programme started its activities in 2 prisons in Nyanza province later reaching 27 prisons and over 50 community groups in 5 provinces in Kenya. SOAP was started in 2004 with 3 schools in Nairobi and Central Province and had as of the year 2013 grown to 57 schools in 5 regions: Nairobi, Central, Nyanza, Rift Valley and Western. The two programmes have since been merged into one programme known as Sustainable Agriculture for Food Security and Crime Prevention (SAFCP).

 

SAFCP is the sixth phase of RODI’s work with prisoners and schools; it is a two year programme targeting pupils in primary schools, prisoners, ex-prisoners and farmers groups, with the aim of involving them in two areas of importance to them, enhancing food security through sustainable agriculture and crime prevention. The programme is informed by the RODI’s mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, crime and re-offending, two studies carried out in the programme area, a scoping visit to Uganda, experiences and lessons learnt and the following concerns:

  • Kenya is a net importer of almost all its staple foods in spite of being leading producer of a number of cash crops
  • In spite of the importance of agriculture to Kenya, it is not given the attention it deserves. It is hardly taught in schools
  • Youth unemployment is directly linked to the high rate of crime in the country
  • Crime is wide spread and it affects all Kenyans yet it is not a crosscutting development issue   
  • Crime emanates from and affects the community yet they do not have any community based crime prevention mechanisms
  • It has not been easy to sell prisoners to Kenyans including donors in spite of prisoners being such a big burden

 

The wide spread nature of food insecurity, youth unemployment and crime puts Kenyans in never ending plight of poverty, crime and re-offending. Through this programme RODI wishes to address the three challenges by changing tact of selling prisoners and sustainable agriculture to Kenyans. Crime prevention has in the recent past proved to be a better entry point for RODI but sustainable agriculture still remains central to its work.

 

 

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