Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Our mission is to combat soil degradation and poverty in Kenya's drylands by enabling farmers to invest in reforestation using drought-resistant indigenous tree species.
Oct 26, 2016

Moringa to support Kenyan Farmers Progress Report

Moringa seedlings in DNRC nursery
Moringa seedlings in DNRC nursery

INTRODUCTION

Greetings from DNRC family. Once again we are delighted to share with you our Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and Wealth progress report. Your continuous financial support on the same give us the energy and confidence to promote Moringa propagation, planting and processing among the 550 smallholder farmers we are working with. We are promoting over 25 different tree species and Moringa is one of the potential tree we are happy with. By consuming the leaves from the trees, the farmers are boosting their nutrition and diet diversity. By growing and tending moringa trees the farmers are protecting the environment and changing the microclimate. By processing moringa leaves and seeds for sale, the farmers are sustainably fighting poverty and creating wealth through income generation.

During the quarter, major activities included propagation of moringa seedling and tending them, training farmers on how to plant and tend Moringa seedlings and moringa power processing. More details about the activities are explained below. Thank you again for the support and we hope you enjoy reading the progress report.

Propagation of moringa seedlings/saplings.

During the quarter, we propagated and continue to take care of over 3000 moringa saplings which will be planted this month when the rains falls. Once the rains come, the 550 farmers will be issued with at least 10 moringa saplings to add into their individual farms and expand the moringa trees already planted in the farm. As the farmers and schools plant more, they grow their natural wealth as moringa market is increasing. (See attached picture)

Outreach and training.

During the quarter, the outreach personnel continued to train farmers on how to take care of the moringa trees already in their farms and how to dig more holes for planting more moringa seedlings. 12 groups were trained during the quarter and also 60 more new farmers were recruited to work with DNRC in the many programs including moringa project. The trainings focused on leave harvesting as well pruning moringa trees for easy harvesting of both leaves and seeds.

Processing and packaging

During the quarter, the farmers brought leaves at DNRC site which were dried, pounded into powder and packaged for sale. Income from the sales go to pay the farmers and a small margin goes towards sustainability of DNRC. Moringa market is growing slowly and we hope one day will be able to get international market for the increasing productivity by the farmers.(See attached picture)

Focus for the next quarter

  • Follow up with both farmers and the schools on the preparations of the holes to plant more moringa seedlings.
  • Issuance of Moringa seedlings and other tree seedlings during the October-December rains to the farmers and schools to plant in their farms.
Moringa powder packaged for sale
Moringa powder packaged for sale
Oct 4, 2016

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

DNRC tree Nursery
DNRC tree Nursery

Introduction

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)

Vegetable Garden

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).

School visit

During the quarter, one of our partner schools visited for trainings on sapling propagation and maintenance of tree nursery (see attached picture)

Challenges

Transport is becoming a challenge because, we have more farmers to visit and who are further away, something which is hindering frequent visits.

Recommendation

To purchase a motor bike ($ 1000) for easy and cheap transport.

Focus for Next Quarter

  • More trainings and follow ups,
  • Issuance of tree seedlings during the coming rain season
FARMERS LEARNING HOW TO DIG HOLES
FARMERS LEARNING HOW TO DIG HOLES
DNRC DEMO. FOOD FOREST
DNRC DEMO. FOOD FOREST
DNRC VEG. GARDEN
DNRC VEG. GARDEN
CHILDREN VISITING DNRC
CHILDREN VISITING DNRC
Sep 23, 2016

DNRC Forestry Program Quartery Report 2016

DNRC tree Nursery
DNRC tree Nursery

Introduction

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.

Challenges

  • Water scarcity and high demand for our expanding nursery especially during the driest months of the year.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Maintain the tree nursery and continue propagate seedlings target.
  • Farmers’ follow- ups in their individual farms.
  • Issuing and planting of the tree seedlings during the rainy season in Oct-Nov.
DNRC Donkeys fetching water
DNRC Donkeys fetching water
 
   

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