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Jul 28, 2020

Moringa to support Farmers progress Report 2020

INTRODUCTION

We hope this progress report finds all of us well and safe. We share this report when Covid pandemic has slowed our activities including this Moringa project. Our farmers’ group training were suspended and resulted to individual farmers training as group meetings were banned in the country due to Covid. This has slowed down the number of farmers we train on Moringa production unlike when we trained them in groups. Due to Covid, we cancelled local and international visitors and also regular residential trainings which both brought income for supplemental funding for the organization. This equally slowed down our activities. Lockdown and curfews in the country also slowed our seed sourcing for an order for moringa seeds which we have just resumed after transport was eased after curfews were lifted and transport resumed in the Country. The flipside of this is Corona pandemic has positively affected our sales of Moringa power due to increased demand. We were able to increase Moringa powder sales by about 30% locally as more people learnt about its ability to boost our immunity and therefore a mitigation measure against Covid. Given this unfolding new normal, we concentrated our activities during this last quarter on moringa seedlings propagation for October-November rains, processing more moringa powder due to slight increase in moringa power local market and also sourcing moringa seeds for the running order.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter

MORINGA POWDER PROCESSING

During the reporting quarter, we processed 30 kgs of moringa powder and we continue to sale locally as more local people are using moringa for its nutritional supplement during this Covid out-break.

MORINGA SEEDS SOURCING

This activity has been drastically affected due to the health measures put to minimise the spread of Covid. With meetings banned in the country, lockdown and curfews, we have not been able to meet our target of 1000 kgs on moringa seeds. However, with the current ease on this measures, we have managed to source 400kgs of moringa seeds and we shall continue sourcing to meet our target.

 FOLLOW UPS AND TRAININGS

Since no meetings allowed, during this reporting quarter, we could only do follow ups on individual farms and advise them according to their prevailing challenges. We were able to visit and on farm train about 80 farmers. The individual farmers were trained on farm management of moringa trees planted and preparing more holes to expand moringa trees.

CHALLENGES

  • Covid health regulations limiting no. of farmers reached in terms of training and sourcing seeds activity
  • Reduced financial support due to reduced income generating activities as a result of Covid

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue drying more moringa leaves and processing to powder
  • Continue sourcing more moringa seeds
  • Do follow ups on management of the moringa trees with individual farmers.
  • Propagation of more moringa seedlings for planting in November-December rains

 

 

Jul 8, 2020

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Warm greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre family. We trust that you and yours are safe and well during this Covid-19 pandemic. We don’t have Covid-19 case in our community yet but within the country the cases continue to rise. Due to this pandemic, we can only meet and train our farmers individually in their farms unlike earlier group trainings. We stopped our regular short courses on permaculture/agro ecology and also volunteers/visitors visits program which supported DNRC financially and her sustainability. This has slowed down our activities substantially though we continue to help our farmers cope with this pandemic through upscale kitchen gardens and food forests for increased food and nutrition security. This has come in handy in that most of the families we serve their family members have been laid off and with some market days banned, social gathering banned and curfew, livelihoods and food security have been seriously affected. Thanks you for your kind support of this project.

During this quarter, we continued to propagate vegetable seedlings to plant at DNRC gardens as well as supply to the farmers to plant in their organic kitchen gardens. Some of the fruit trees propagated and in our food forest range from fodder paw paws, bananas, guavas, passion fruits, tamarind, citrus food among others. The goal is to have both DNRC and the farmers we serve have enough vegetables and fruits from their food forest to increase their nutrition and food security which is key to coping with the pandemic. Major activities done during the reporting quarter included: replanting the food forest, weeding and managing the food forest, harvesting the food crops from the food forest as well as harvesting of fruits. Establishing vegetable nurseries, transplanting the sampling to kitchen gardens as well as managing the kitchen gardens. Also issuing the veg. and tree seedlings to the farmers to plant in their individual farms was carried out during the quarter.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter:

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During the reporting quarter, we harvested 18.80 kgs of beans, 22.4 kgs of bananas, 26.2 kgs of sweet potatoes, 44 pcs of passion fruits, 21pcs guavas and 30kgs of pawpaw which were used to feed DNRC staff and visitors. Other activities involved in weeding, gapping and maintaining the food forest.

KITCHEN GARDENS

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were involved in establishing vegetable nurseries, transplanting the veg. saplings into DNRC kitchen gardens, weeding, spraying organic concoctions and top dressing of the crops. .They were also involved in vegetable harvesting of vegetables as well as selling the extra for income. During the reporting quarter, DNRC intensified establishment of organic kitchen gardens by individual farmers as a quick way of coping with Corona pandemic. DNRC outreach personnel individually trained farmers on how to prepare sunken beds (dryland technique) and issued them with vegetable saplings to plant in the sunken beds. Some farmers are already harvesting some vegetables.

CHALLENGES

  • Covid-19 has posed a big challenge to our group trainings and have resulted to individual farmer trainings something which has slowed our activities.
  • Water still remain our main challenge as we don’t have permanent source and rely on nearby seasonal rivers.

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Manage DNRC food forest as well as continue harvesting fruits and sweet potatoes
  • Manage and expand DNRC kitchen gardens
  • Continue with individual farmers trainings and follows ups on the household gardens
Jun 30, 2020

FOREST TRAINING & FINANCE -KENYAN FARMERS REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Warm greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre family. We trust that you and yours are safe and well during this Covid-19 pandemic. Our farmers and DNRC staff are safe and so is the whole community. We don’t have Covid-19 case in our community yet and we continue to take care and follow the guidelines. Just like other Countries, the effect of the pandemic is hitting hard to our economy and our program. Most of the families we serve their family members have been laid off and with market day’s shutdowns, social gathering banned and curfew, livelihoods and food security have been seriously affected. DNRC as an organization has also been affected both programmatically financially. We can only meet and train our farmers individually in their farms unlike earlier group trainings. We stopped our regular short courses on permaculture/agro ecology and also volunteers/visitors visits program which supported DNRC financially and her sustainability. This has slowed down our activities substantially though we continue to help our farmers cope with this pandemic by starting organic kitchen gardens and continuous tree planting especially fruit trees for increased food and nutrition security.

In the flipside, we are happy to report that through this project you have been funding, our farmers have been more resilient during this Covid 19 pandemic due to our diversified tree species. Farmers have been able to eat many fruits ranging from avocado, pawpaw, guavas, mangoes, oranges etc. thus boosting their immunity through increased food and nutrition. They are also selling extra fruits for income. They have also being selling timber/poles for income to cushion them from lost livelihoods. The trees have also been providing “feeling good” to our farmers as they visit and meditate in their woodlots especially during this time of ‘loneliness” and ‘depression’ due to social distancing and isolation. We can only say thank you so much for your continued financial support which has played a big role towards the success of this project and making our 800 smallholder farmers more resilient to Covid-19.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Individual farmers on farm training and follow up, tree seedling issuance and tree seedling propagation and general nursery management.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, major DNRC activities were propagating more trees to be issued in October-December rains. The nursery team was busy soil potting with a total of 5,000 seedlings sown in the plastic pots/bags. Some of the tree species sown and potted included: pawpaw, Gravellia, mangoes, eucalyptus camandulensis, Citrus, avocado and melia. The 25, 242 tree species balance which remained during October-December rains issuance were also issued to the farmers for gapping during March- April 2020 rains. The remaining few are being altered and managed in the nursery.

OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, our outreach personnel visited 140 individual farmers and trained them on their farms. Due to covid-19, the follow up and training included kitchen gardens for self-help vegetable production. We stopped group farmers training and only two groups out of the 14 groups and 12 schools were trained before covid-19.

CHALLENGES

  • Due to Covid-19 challenges, we have resulted to only individual farmer’s farms training and follow up. This need more resources in terms of personnel and transport which is a challenge also. The way forward is to appeal to our faithful donors to continue helping us and hope things will normalize and go back to group training and our shortcourses training and visitors for boost our income for smooth running of other programs.

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Trainings and follow ups of individual farmer’s farms.
  • Continue with propagation of more seedlings and especially fruit trees as a way of adapting to Covid- 19.
 
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