, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 4 – The Australian Africa Community Engagement Scheme (AACES) has set aside Sh193 million for poverty eradication programmes in the country in 2014.
The scheme, which enters its second year in Africa poverty eradication projects, will assist households to receive farm inputs, adopt new agricultural technologies and sustainable farming practices.
Australian High Commissioner Geoff Tooth said AACES is also in talks with about 22 county governments for collaborative projects in food security and maternal and child health care.
“Every County wants to talk to me about how they can improve their services, they are working on how to engage the international community and non – governmental organizations and we are set and willing to work with them, to deliver our projects we have to work with the county governments,” Tooth explained.
Tooth was speaking as he launched AACES Annual Report 2012/2013.
In the 2012/ 2013 financial year the scheme contributed about Sh203 million in Kenya engaging in projects that include construction and rehabilitation of water supply and sanitation facilities that increased access to safe water for 64,000 people.
The scheme also assisted more than 26,000 households to receive farm inputs such as tools, seeds and livestock, with more than 31,000 farmers adopting new agricultural technologies and sustainable farming practices.
AACES also collaborated with various disabled people’s associations to lobby government to plan for and target people with disability with the aim of promoting more equitable use of resources.
The scheme has set aside about Sh6.9 billion to finance 11 African countries in reducing poverty in the next five years.
Other African countries include Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Mozambique Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The AACES program is being implemented in Kenya with five non – governmental organizations that include Action Aid International Kenya, Plan International Kenya, World Vision Kenya, Marie Stopes Kenya and Mothers Union of Anglican Churches Kenya.