Greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family. We are more than grateful for your kind donations through global giving. We are able to continue to regenerate Maiuni community through income generation, environmental protection and social capital build up through planting of Moringa oleifera and other trees by 450 farmers and 6 schools. We focus more on moringa oleifera due to its high nutrition value and saleable product due to its increasing demand locally and internationally. During the quarter, we were able to sale both seeds and powder locally worthy approximately $1000.This amount was distributed to the 450 farmers thus improving local economy. Also the farmers continued to use the Moringa in their diets thus improving their nutrition and diversify their diets. We also continued to propagate more moringa seedlings in our tree nursery, issue ready moringa seedlings to the farmers to plant and also to follow up to the farmers fields to train them on tending the planted moringa seedlings in their farms. The following are more detailed activities which took place during the quarter.
During the quarter, we continued to propagate moringa seedlings to be issued to the farmers during the rainy season. The target for this year is to give each of the 450 farmers at least 10 saplings.
DNRC training and outreach staff visited 20 individual farmers’ farms as a follow up and on farm training to make sure they are managing the planted moringa seedlings well. During these visits the farmers were also sensitised on the importance of moringa and need to continue caring and increasing the volumes for increasing market.
During the quarter, farmers continue to harvest their moringa trees leaves and bringing them to the office for processing. Once they bring the leaves in the office, they are weighed, recorded and dried under shade to retain their nutritive value and then pounded into power and packaged for sale.
Greetings from all of us from DNRC family. We are humbled to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support through global giving which has enabled us to plant over 500,000 trees with 430 small scale farmers over the last 7 years. Farmers continue to enjoy early benefits of their planted trees such as sale of moringa powder and firewood.We are on the process of starting to process green charcoal (eco-charcoal) from the pruned tree branches and packaging it for sale. The impacts of annual growing trees continue to be clear to the farmers and to the community. There is a growing voice that the community is now receiving more rains because of the trees. The farmers are so proud to be part of this environmental regeneration and realizing that together they can do so much. Others who were not sure of the project now want to join after convinced it is working. Thanks again for all your support.
The following activities took place during the quarter.
The tree nursery
This year we target to propagate 60,000 trees of at least 25 different species. Most of activities in the tree nursery during the quarter included potting and sowing seeds in the beds. (See the attached picture of potting going on).
Farmers training/outreach program
During the quarter, most of the work was field visits to follow up on the last season planted tree seedlings and especially to the three new primary schools which are newly to the project. The 11 groups were visited and advised accordingly. This past rainy season alone they have planted over 45,000 tree saplings. Formal training of the group also continued during the quarter. (See attached picture of one of the trainings)
End of the year party.
The farmers had a come together party for the year on 18th of December 2015. They come together twice per year to celebrate and entertain themselves, share their issues and their experiences as they work towards improving the environment, strengthening their social fabric and economic empowerment. The party also focuses on the key cultural issues which DNRC promotes such as the Kamba traditional dance, baskets and carvings (See attached party picture)
Fetching water from the drying river with the donkeys causes extra labor, time and cost so need for reliable water at the site. As a permanent solution,we have started digging shallow well on site.
Focus for the next quarter
IntroductionHoliday greetings from DNRC family. We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year 2016. Thank so much for your continued support through global giving. Your continuous and generous donation is enabling us to serve 450 farmers to take care of their fragile dryland environment in a model that improves social welfare, environmental regeneration and economical sustainability. One way of achieving the above goal is to introduce, train and help to establish food forests among the farmers and the schools in the communities we serve. Food forests is a food production and agro forestry system-based on woodland ecosystem incorporating fruits trees, nut trees, shrubs, vines, vegetables and perennials. Its self-perpetuating ecosystem exhibiting 7 layers as seen in a natural forest.(see attached pictures)
What was done during the quartera. Tree saplings for food forestDuring the quarter, DNRC staff concentrated on maintenance of tree species in the tree nursery for establishment of food forest in the farmers’ farms. In November, the rainy season kicked in and the farmers were issued with tree saplings to establish food forests. Also DNRC extended and maintained the existing food forest at the site. This demo food forest is for field training, research and demonstration for DNRC farmers and visitors.
b. Food forest establishment trainingDuring the quarter, farmer were trained on how to establish food forests and helped to establish them in their individual farms during the rainy season (Nov-Dec). The emphasis was to establish a food forest where they could meet most of the farmers needs including herbs, fruits, timber, fodder, firewood, medicinal, biodiversity etc. The emphasis was to try to have 7 layers as found in a natural food.
c. Farmers get-togetherDuring the quarter, the 450 farmers convened for a get-together meeting to cook and share a meal as well as experiences as a way of strengthening their social capital which is key to success of this project. During this time, farmers were also informed why food forest and the way forward as far as the project is concerned.
Challenges faced during the quarter• Water supply for the nursery was limited due to dry spell• Limited wild fruit trees for the food forest. Plans are underway to collect wildings for its a challenge to propagate them.
Focus for next quarter• Propagation of tree saplings• More trainings on food forests• Maintenance of the existing food forest demo.