Economic justice is the core programme of BEACON and has various elements that include creation of awareness, information, research and advocacy.
Under Economic Justice programme, there are several projects namely
Food and Livelihood Security Project
This is the project through which BEACON works with small scale farmers and farmers groups to increase capacity and awareness on policy regimes within the East and Horn of Africa Region with a view to enhance agricultural production and promote policy frameworks that are local farmer- centered and which promote their interests towards food security.
Passion for environmental Conservation, a walk through the dense Kakamega Forest reminds program participants of the good old days before climate change ‘visited’ them. This cool forest makes one feel, “ Yeah!, this is it!. Many farmers taking part in BEACONS project activities now realize the importance of environmental conservation and have each started tree planting as part of their farming activities.
BEACON enhances farmers’ capacity in food production through promotion of crop diversification, community based seed bulking and multiplication and climate change mitigation. Farmers like Mzee Ali here in the photo is glad to show and share the strides he has made being part of the project participants.
Putting food security and safety in the hands of the local producers and consumers themselves. Here. A program participant, Patrick, shows the benefits of being part of the BEACON Network.
Reaching millions through the local Fm Radio stations in Western Kenya, BEACON team and a program participant, during a live Radio presentation on food security and climate change in May 2011.
Coffee Advocay Project
This project seeks to address trade injustices within the coffee sector especially in Kenya where the ordinary coffee farmer does not reap from his produce because of the many middle men involved
Passion for the crop. The Chairman of the newly established Kenya Small Coffee Growers’ Association, Mr. Mwangi, speaks to a gathering of small scale coffee farmers on the bright future he sees for the crop, in Eastern Province of Kenya during a May 2011 membership recruitment drive. The association continues to provide a strong voice for the originally poor and neglected small scale coffee farmers who have been exploited through crowded market chains and corruption among institutions charged with the responsibility of serving them. Reforms being realized in the coffee sector has increased their crop prices by margins of upto 100% and beyond with bright hopes a head.