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Bridging the Skills Gap of Persons with Disability in Agriculture

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Veronica and David

In collaboration with Leonard Cheshire Disability, Real Impact supported a Research Intern to investigate the current extent of involvement of Persons with Disability (PWD) in agriculture in Kenya.  Research findings were used to inform appropriate infrastructure, tools and assistive communication material for a PWD training plot at Real Impact’s nutrition demonstration farm, and to develop supportive training material for different categories of PWD.

This project was developed following previous collaboration between Real Impact, Leonard Cheshire Disability and ACTS which identified skills and knowledge gaps amongst PWD who rely on agricultural livelihoods.  There is a big gap in society’s understanding of PWD and their contribution to economic productivity, particularly in agriculture.  The project’s aim was to make positive steps towards establishing what farm tasks can be done by PWD and develop training for disability groups to promote and encourage agricultural participation.  This training will provide PWD with more skills with which to get a job, contribute to family and community farms and improve their social standing.

Both sets of recommendations were informed by the results of the field study, and include infrastructure, crops to be selected and assistive communications and devices. Real Impact has used recommendations in the design of their PWD training plot which is near completion. Training material is being written and will be offered to group representatives who took part in the field study and any additional interested groups (for more information please contact us: info@realimpact.or.ke).

The project researcher, Veronica N’gang’a, herself severely hearing impaired, was selected from a group of researchers from across Africa and India to present her project and research findings at a conference celebrating this global research programme in London, UK.  Along with her interpreter Veronica represented her work to many representatives of the disability support sector and British government officials.

This project has been an important and timely study which supports and encourages opportunities which will allow PWD to develop their agricultural participation and enhance their livelihoods and income from agricultural activity.

You can read Veronica’s report here.

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