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Mar 14, 2018

FORESTRY TRAINING & FINANCE FOR 600 FARMERS REPORT

DNRC meeting during project planning
DNRC meeting during project planning

Introduction

Once again we are happy to send greetings from Drylands Natural Resource Centre family. We hope that you all had a great beginning of the year 2018. As the year begins we all look forward to continue realizing our goal of environmental regeneration, economic development and community social strengthening. Your continued financial support has enabled us to continue working with our current 600 farmers and the 6 schools we work with in order to realize these goals.

During this reporting quarter, the major activity was annual planning for the year 2018 both for the tree nursery and the outreach and training program. We had end of year party to plan for the year 2018 informed by learnt lessons in 2017 .During the meeting we discussed what worked best for this project, learnt lessons and setting the target for the year 2018.We all to increase our current target of 70,000 tree seedlings to 80,000 seedling for the year 2018.

Other activities included farm follow ups for the just planted tree seedlings during November- December 2017 rains and working in the nursery to propagate more tree seedlings. We had also to rearrange the tree nursery after issuance of seedlings in order to continue taking care of the remaining few seedlings.

Below are detailed activities during the quarter.

DNRC tree nursery.

During the quarter, major activity in the nursery was arranging of the empty pots as well as the left over small seedlings for care and maintenance. During the reporting quarter also, the planning of the nursery capacity for the year 2018 was done. The capacity was increased from 70,000 to 80,000 due to the demand of tree seedlings both from the farmers and none farmers. During the quarter, we have also started putting our nursery beds ready. We have so far sowed Gravellia Rubusta, Senna Siemea, Senna Spectabilis and eucalyptus camandulesis.

Farmer trainings and outreach

.During the quarter the outreach personnel was majorly involved on follow ups of the just planted seedlings and training new farmers on early seedling management. They were also involved in recruiting more farmers with a target of 700 years accumulatively by the end of 2018.

Challenges

Water- water continues to be our major challenge to increasing our tree seedlings to supply enough for the farmers we are working with and the increase market demand of the same.

Next quarter focus

  • Recruitment of more farmers
  • Trainings and follow ups
  • Tree seedlings propagation
Tree nursery before issuing of seedlings
Tree nursery before issuing of seedlings
tree nursery after issuing the seedlings
tree nursery after issuing the seedlings
farmers training session
farmers training session
Jan 16, 2018

Moringa to support Kenyan Farmers Report

Farmers picking moringa seedlings and other spp
Farmers picking moringa seedlings and other spp

Introduction

Happy New Year. We trust your year is off for a good start. We are happy to share with you a progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers’ health and wealth. We must say 2017 was a good year for our 600 farmers and 6 schools we serve and DNRC as an organization. Your kind continuous support to this project has enabled us to continue to plant more moringa trees while tending already those existing in the farmer’s farms. The farmers continue to harvest moringa leaves for domestic consumption and for sale through DNRC. In this case they are therefore improving their health and increasing their wealth.

During the quarter, main activities for this project included mainly maintaining Moringa seedlings in the nursery, issuing the moringa seedlings during November December rains and follows to the farmers farms to advice and bench mark as they plant more moringa trees. Below are the detailed activities taken during the quarter.

Tree nursery activities

In the beginning of the year, we had targeted to propagate 5000 moringa seedlings to be issued to the 600 farmers and the 6 schools to plant during November-December rains. Before the rains came, we had already 6,000 moringa seedlings flourishing in our tree nursery ready for issuance. So we maintained these seedlings through watering and weeding till the rains came. DNRC waits until there is enough moisture on the ground then we announce to the farmers to come and pick the seedlings so that when they plant don’t water because water is a big problem and our farmers are in dryland. Through this innovative way we have been able to attain over 80% survival rates.( see attached picture of our nursery before issuance).

Issuance of the Moringa seedlings

During November rains, we were able to issue to our farmers and schools 6000 moringa seedlings to plant in their plots as they expand moringa acreage. Since we work with 13 groups and 6 schools, we schedule the issuance such a way that each group has their time and date to come for the seedlings so that there is order and efficiency.(see attached picture of farmers picking moringa seedlings and other species)

Follows and trainings

DNRC model is that before farmers plant the seedlings, they prepare their land and holes and our staff follow up to see that is done and train them on farm. It’s during this time we also get to know how many seedlings a farmer is able to plant depending on his or her capacity. So during this quarter, all the 600 farmers were visited and the schools and trained on farm.

Challenges

Water scarcity remain our major challenge and also transport. Given resources, DNRC would love to have sustainable source of water and also a vehicle for transport.

Focus for the next quarter.

  • Moringa propagation and maintenance
  • Trainings and outreach work
tree nursery with moringa seedlings and other spp
tree nursery with moringa seedlings and other spp
Dec 27, 2017

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

DNRC  nursery with Tree seedlings
DNRC nursery with Tree seedlings

INTRODUCTION

Receive Christmas greetings from DNRC family. We hope that you’re health and in good spirits during this festive season. As we come to the end of the year, we say thank you so much for your generous and continued financial support through global giving to this project. We must say we had a very successful year. Thanks for your support and our dedicated staff. As climate change continue to bite and the earth becomes warmer, dryland strategies of increasing production while at the same time adapting and mitigating to climate change are urgently needed. Food forest is one of these highly sought strategies as its food production and agro forestry system-based on woodland ecosystem incorporating fruits trees, nut trees, shrubs, vines vegetables, perennials.

We are happy to share this progress on nutrition through food forest and gardens. This quarter we were busy managing the food tree seedlings in the nursery, existing food forests and issuance of the seedlings during this October-December rains. Below are detailed activities accomplished during the reporting quarter.

Propagation and maintenance of food forest seedlings in the nursery.

During the quarter, a total of 10,400 tree seedlings were propagated in the DNRC main tree nursery specifically for food forests. These seedlings included but not limited to: Guavas, citrus, mangoes, pawpaws, tamarindus indica, tree tomato, mulberry, avocados, zyzium and vitex payos. Other key activities in the nursery during the quarter included fetching water and watering the seedling and general maintenance of the seedlings in the nursery. (See attached picture of trees in the nursery)

Issuance of seedlings

During this reporting quarter, we issued over 80,000 seedling which some were planted in food forests and woodlots. The rains came early and the farmers were advised to come and pick the seedlings once there was enough moisture for the seedlings to start. DNRC works with 13 groups so each group was allocated the day to pick the seedlings. (see attached farmers picking seedlings)

DNRC food forest

DNRC demo. Food forest continue to mature and we continue to harvest some fruits such as passion, pawpaw and tubers such a cassava and sweet potatoes.

Challenges

The main DNRC challenge which is yet to be resolved permanently is water. There is need for sustainable water source as s the nearby river dry’s shortly after the rains and we have to scoop the sand to fetch water for nursery.

Focus for the next quarter

  • To continue expanding the food forest by planting more food trees.
  • To continue training farmers and recruiting more to tree planting and food forest establishment project.
farmers picking tree seedlings
farmers picking tree seedlings
more farmers picking tree seedlings
more farmers picking tree seedlings
 
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