Economic Resilience: A Response to Climate Change and Human Trafficking


Economic Resilience: A Response to Climate Change and Human Trafficking

In the arid landscapes of Marsabit County, Kenya, pastoral communities grapple with the harsh realities of climate change and natural disasters. Extreme weather events such as droughts and floods, result in starvation, famine, and livestock deaths, triggering inter-community conflicts and wreaking havoc on livelihoods. Forced to constantly search for food, shelter, stability and livelihood, these communities endure perpetual displacement, contributing to human trafficking.

World Vision Kenya, with support from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), is implementing the "Prevention of Trafficking in Persons" project to address the pressing issue of climate change's impact leading to human trafficking in the region. The project trained 120 fish farmers in Marsabit County, affected by climate change and provided them with solar coolers and fish dryers. The training was essential because its goal was to combat human trafficking through developing economic resilience among the community’s most vulnerable individuals who are in danger of population displacement due to climate change catastrophes.

Nairen Abunu, Altoar group leader in Moite Village, who received support in the form of solar-powered freezers, recalls the losses his fish farming group incurred while relying on traditional fish preservation methods.

"These dryers and freezers have revolutionised the way we do fish farming," he says. "In the past, our fish would spoil quickly, but since we've received these equipment, it can stay fresh for longer, minimising our losses."

By training fisherfolk in best practices and promoting the use of solar-powered coolers and heat-based dryers, this technology not only increases the shelf life of fish but also creates new market opportunities for selling fresh fish. As a result, families are now able to earn more income and build resilience against human trafficking.

"Through this fish business and the provision of the fish dryers and coolers, we have money to take our children to school and it’s easier to provide for our families," says Gabriel Mujibi, a Fisheries Officer at Kenya Fisheries Services.

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