Greetings from DNRC family. We are glad to once again have a chance to share our progress report with you. Your continued generous support has enabled us to continue working with our now 550 smallholder farmers in food and nutrition security and capacity building through food forests and gardens. As our food forests mature, farmers have started harvesting some products like moringa leaves for domestic consumption and extra for sale. Also as more trees grow both in food forests and in farms, the crops are improving from retained moisture, less erosion and microclimate effect. Our working model of balancing environmental sustainability, social wellbeing and economic viability, has drawn a lot of interest around the community thus more and more farmers want to work with us. We have currently enrolled 100 farmers in our program thus making our accumulative number of active farmers to 550. We hope with more support will eventually cap at 1000 farmers (households).We are also engaging children in 6 schools we are working with who are the future custodians of the sustainability of the community. Thank you again and we look forward to a long term engagement in this noble work. Below is detailed activities achieved during the quarter.
Tree Saplings Propagation and maintenance
As we prepare to plant more food forests and gardens in October- November rains, we have been busy during the quarter propagating and maintaining tree species for the farmers to establish the food forests. We were able to propagate 10,850 tree seedling mixed with fruit trees for food and nutrition. So far we have 61,000 seedlings of different species ready for planting immediately the rain starts. We continue to now maintain and take care of these seedlings as seeing in the picture.
Outreach and follow up trainings
DNRC outreach staff were involved in training farmers on how to maintain their food forests. They also recruited more farmers and trained them on how to establish food forests starting by how to dig and prepare holes for planting. (See attached picture)
Maintenance of the DNRC food forest
During the quarter, we continued to tend the DNRC demonstration food forest which is drawing a lot of attraction from the farmers and visitors who come to learn by seeing. The food forest is flourishing and during the quarter we were able to harvest 3 kgs of passion fruits, 27 kgs of Bananas, 6 kgs of cassava, 1 kg of cow peas. We are still to harvesting more sweet potatoes and cassavas.(see attached picture)
During the quarter, we were able to establish new vegetable garden to supply vegetable to staff and the farmers and as a source of income for sustainability of DNRC. (See attached picture).
During the quarter, one of our partner schools visited for trainings on sapling propagation and maintenance of tree nursery (see attached picture)
Transport is becoming a challenge because, we have more farmers to visit and who are further away, something which is hindering frequent visits.
To purchase a motor bike ($ 1000) for easy and cheap transport.
Focus for Next Quarter
Receive greetings from DNRC family. We continue to appreciate and thank you for your continued support through GlobalGiving. We continue to promote sustainable development of resources of the dryland regions of Kenya in order to bring about improved livelihoods of the marginalized communities and people living. We are doing this through tree planting for income, environmental protection and social wellbeing’s of the 500 plus farmers (households) we are working with. Thank you again. Wishing you well, all of you in whatever you do. The following activities took place during this quarter in our different departments.
The Tree Nursery.
During the quarter, 10,850 seedlings were propagated; making the accumulated seedlings so far in the nursery to be 61,850.The following are the dominant species currently in the nursery: A.polycantha, A. xanthopolea, A.tortilis, Faudhebia albida, Senna seamea, Markhamia lutea, CrotonTamaridus, Neem, Leacena, Grevellia, Mango, Eucalyptus, Cypress, Guava, Lemon, Moringa, Sazygium, Tree tomato, Passion, Pawpaw, Avocado, Melia, Ornamentals, Balanities.
Besides propagating, major activity during this quarter water watering and maintaining the existing tree seedlings in the nursery. This is dry season so fetching water for the nursery was a major activity and we were making many trips with our donkeys (see the attached picture).These seedlings continue to be maintained in the nursery till Oct. – Dec. rains when the farmers will be issued to plant in their individual farms.
Farmer’s training/ outreach program.
We continued to train the farmers and visiting their farms to see how they are preparing their land and digging holes in preparation of planting trees during the coming Oct-Dec. rains. More effort was put into the new group and the new school who joined our program. They had to be taken through our agroforestry training module and also the vision and mission of the organization so that as we work with them, they are well oriented. The accumulated farmers now working with DNRC is 550 farmers (households).These families are next to each other so as they plant the trees, the impact is huge due to closeness to each other.
Focus for the next quarter
Moringa to support Kenyan Farmers Health and Wealth project continue to progress well with awareness and usage of Moringa power increasing in the County and within the community we are working with. This project is mainly focused on Moringa tree for its nutritional value for the farmers and extra to sale for income for the now 500 farmers we are working with. Besides the Moringa trees grown by the farmers, we still plant over 25 other different varieties of trees for different uses. The Farmers have started benefiting from other trees products like sustainable harvesting of branches for firewood and charcoal production.
During the quarter, the main activities were harvesting moringa seeds and leaves and bringing them to the DNRC site for sale. Below is more details of the activities and challenges during the quarter. Accompanying are attached pictures of the accomplished activities. We say thank you so much for your continued support and health partnership in this project. God bless.
a. Collecting of moringa seeds and processing moringa leaves into powder
During the quarter, about 40kg of moringa seeds were brought to the office and packed for sale for income. We were also able to process 35kg of moringa power from the leaves brought by the farmers to the site. Once the farmers bring seeds to the site, they are weighed and once sold, the farmers are paid and DNRC makes some margin for sustainability of the project. The same happens to the leaves and the farmers bring them fresh and at the site are dried and using kiln and mortar is made into powder. (See attached pictures of collected moringa seed, leaves being dried and moringa powder.)
b. Propagating moringa and training.
We continued to propagate more moringa seeds in our nursery and training farmers on how to manage the existing moringa trees for optimize the yields. (See attached picture of the tree nursery)
d. Focus for next quarter.