Dec 17, 2018

The Mango Tree progress report- December 2018

Enable 1500 Kenyan Rural Farmers for Agribusiness

Global Giving Project Progress Report

14th December 2018

The Mango Tree Trust Fund -Kenya has been implementing achievable ambitious plan of improving the livelihood of 1500 rural farmers through agribusiness. Over the last one year, the organization received £9530 and focused it on the following key activities: Construction of the grain store, mobilizing and registering farmers into a cooperative, and training farmers on modern agribusiness techniques. For the quarter under review, the organization planned and accomplished the following activities.

1. Completion of the Grain Store

The organization has so far completed the flooring, walling, roofing and plastering the inner wall of the grain store at the famers training center located in Mawego as indicated in the pictures attached. All these have been inspected by the relevant Authorities and certified as having met the standards. The grain store design was modified to include a records office and a caretaker’s room to ease the operations of the cooperative society.  The contractor will deliver the project by 31st December 2018.

2. Operationalizing the Famers’ Cooperative Society.

Having successfully registered 350 famers over the last six months the organization supported the cooperative society to hold its special general meeting during which the members confirmed the interim officials and also adopted the constitution.  The annual General meeting took place on 14th December 2018 which resolved that beginning next year (January 2019), the cooperative will have its offices open throughout the week and that member will begin to take loan by April 2019.

The organization seconded a staff to support in the management of records and accounts of the cooperative.

3. Training of Farmers

The organization conducted three onsite training session for bee and aquaculture farmers. The trainings were done at the village level reaching 63 farmers (47 bee keepers and 16 aquaculture farmers).  The trainings covered pond management, value addition, and bee keeping. As a result the organization will support eight (8) farmers restock their ponds which were washed away by the floods.

4. Improved Crop Production

Following the continuous sensitization sessions with the farmers, the organization has noticed an increased land tillage in the ongoing short rains. This will subsequently lead to increased harvest which will then be stored in the near completed grain store awaiting sales next year when the prices are high.

5. Linkages with other cooperative societies

The organization supported the Farmers’ Cooperative Society officials to the annual County Cooperative Society meeting. The meeting was organized by the County Government of Homabay in collaboration with Kenya Union of Saving and Credit cooperative limited. The meeting focused on how to grow the cooperative societies within the county.

Besides, The Mango Tree in collaboration with the Ushuru Sacco from Kisumu, held an end of year party to 437 children. These children were identified from the 350 farmers who are part of the 1500 farmers earmarked with this livelihood project (photos attached separately)

Innovations

Taking into consideration the flow of the donations from our valuable donors, the organization decided to modify the grain store to include a cooperative office to enhance operations rather than wait until a separate office is done.

The organization linked the Famers cooperative society to the umbrella body of cooperative societies in Kenya to continuous coaching and support. Two of its members (the chair person and the record officer were also trained on saving and loaning. This will foster independence of the farmers’ cooperative society.

Challenges

Funding remains a key challenge to implementing this project, organizations is constantly engaging its donors for continuous support and for a timely completion of the project. Meanwhile, the organization is coming up with innovating ways of continuity of the project.

 

 

 

Plans for the Next Quarter

1. Mobilize farmers towards timely ploughing and plantation

2. Stock the ponds for the aquaculture farmers

3. Onsite training for goat, poultry and bee keepers

4. Identify markets and sell the grains on behalf of farmers.

end year party for the children
end year party for the children

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Sep 17, 2018

Building the Farmers' Cooperative

PROJECT SUMMARY

Over the last three months the project has made great progress in enrolling farmers into TMT cooperative society, constructing the grain Silo, training farmers on agribusiness, linking farmers to county government of Homabay for continuous technical support and conducting consultative meetings with community leaders.

Activity Progress

Enrolling farmers to Cooperative society.

The organization enrolled 273 farmers into the cooperative society and has since supported three meetings. The meetings were also attended by representative of Homabay County government, The Mango Tree Staff, and Community Development Support Committee. During the meeting, the CDSC members gave an update of the ongoing mobilization towards sorghum and maize farming. So far, they have reached another 417 community members with information on the importance of joining cooperative society. They also educated farmers on the improved grain storage techniques. The cooperative members also continued to promote table banking.

Grain Silo Construction

The construction of the grain Silo gained momentum in the last one month after heavy rains and floods washed away feeder roads connecting quarries to FTC. As a result, the cost of building materials and their transportation was exceedingly high. Consequently, the organization was forced to suspend the construction until the end of the rainy season to maintain the budget estimates. So far the both the floor and the walls have been done.

Collection of grains

The Mango Tree through its field officers collected and delivered two tons of sorghum from the registered farmers to East African Breweries limited. It’s expected that each farmer will receive his pay before the end of next month (September 2018). The organization will distribute sorghum seeds for the next season early next year (2019)

Training farmers on Agribusiness

In order to build the capacity of farmers towards a rewarding agriculture, the organization trained 73 farmers, most of who are already registered with the cooperative, on value addition to crop farming, bee keeping, and dairy goat rearing and grafted Mango farming. With these skill, the farmers are in a position to diversify their agriculture venture and minimize losses during inter-season weather conditions.

Challenges faced and way forward

Extended rainy season washed away feeder roads thus hampering transportation of building material to the construction site. As a result, the organization temporarily suspended the construction which has since resumed.

Next Quarters Activity

1. Complete the construction of the grain Silo

2. Train 500 farmers on agribusiness

3. Support monthly farmers meeting

4. Establish the Famers cooperative office

Jun 8, 2018

Enable1500 Kenya Rural Farmers for Agribusiness

construction Picture1
construction Picture1

I. PROJECT SUMMARY The Mango Tree Orphan Support Trust Kenya is currently implementing a rural agribusiness project to enable 1500 farmers acquire a sustainable livelihood. The project is supported through global giving crowdfunding. The project is estimated to cost USD 35,714, so far USD 9,166 has been raised. The project targets 1500 farmers living in Wangchieng location of Homa-Bay County- Kenya. The project aims to: 1) Build silo storage for grains 2) A digital based farmers’ information management system and resource center will be developed and mobile-phones linked for timely feedback and information dissemination 3) Purchase a tractor for cultivation and transport. 4) Cold storage, cottage-industry size processing plants for honey, fruits and peanut butter will be installed. 5) Complete its existing farmers’ training center and additional hostels In the order of priority. Having received USD 9,166 in the month of May 2018, the organization initiated the construction of a silo storage for grains at the farmers training center and identifying fifty (50) farmers beneficiary to be trained on Famers’ Information Management System (FIMS) 2. Activity Progress 2.1 Community Engagement Meeting The organization conducted two (2) meetings to inform the community about the fund disbursement and guide them set priority activity. The first meeting took place at Rakwaro chiefs Camp where the village volunteers agreed that the grain Silo need to constructed urgently in preparation for the harvesting session in a month’s time. The volunteers also agreed to mobilize the entire community store their millet, maize and beans. This they view will reduce chances of farmers selling their grains at a throw away price. The second meeting attended by Community Development Support Committee took place at Mawego Farmers Training Center. CDSC is a farmers committee which advises the organization on livelihood initiatives. They also play a key role in mobilizing fellow farmers towards a common goal. This meeting discussed the sustainability aspect of the project and agreed to register all farmers into The Mango Tree cooperative through which they will contribute towards the management of the grain collection, storage and redistribution or sale. CDSC also resolved to educate 1500 farmers in the location to store their grains at the Farmers Training Center and sell when prices stabilizes. Listing of farmers earmarked for grain storage has already begun. 2.2. Grain Silo Construction To fast-track the construction, the organization identified an architecture, Engineer and a contractor following the organization laydown procurement procedures. Having secured the legal approvals the contractor has begun delivering items at the site with construction expected to begin on Monday 11th June 2018. This will take approximately three week. 2.3 Identification and mobilization of 50 farmers to be trained on FIMS. The Mango Tree through Livelihood officer and farm attendant has begun identifying and mobilizing the first group of 50 farmers to be trained on famers information management system. The system seeks to improve information sharing among farmers, issue alerts on disease outbreaks, weather patterns and trending crop prices. The App will also be instrumental on educating farming on current agribusiness technologies. 2.4 Contracting a FIMS App developer The organization is in the advance stage of identifying an IT farm to develop, train and install FIMS App to farmer’s android phones. The App among other things will matches farmers with local buyers across Kenya. It also offers important information using provided price trends to know the best time to plant your crops. Once the produce is ready FIMS connects the farmer with thousands of ready buyers for the most ideal price. 3. Challenges faced and way forward 3.1 Chalanges Poor Weather as a result of the ongoing rains has derailed the delivery of construction materials due to inaccessibility of the site. Inadequate funds to train more farmers on FIMS due to the high number of farmers expressing interest in the App 3.2 Way Forward The project has resorted to delivering of materials in the afternoon when the road is passable. The project intends to raise more funds through GlobalGiving to trains more farmers in FIMS 4 Next Month’s Activity Delivery of construction material Construction of the silo Listing to farmers for fims training Monthly community consultation meeting Development of relevant monitoring tools

construction 2
construction 2
Lead Farmers Trained
Lead Farmers Trained
Maize Farmer
Maize Farmer

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