Nov 30, 2020

Moringa to support Kenyan Farmers health..Report

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre. (DNRC) family. We are pleased to share with you our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth once more. We are happy to have come this far despite the world wide corona pandemic with its devastation in the world. We have no fatalities in our community we work with. At DNRC we have tried to keep in touch with our 700 plus farmers and continued to do individual farmer follow-ups as well as making constant phone calls to our farmers to help with any challenges they may be facing. To also encourage them to continue working towards achieving our set goals of environmental regeneration, community regeneration and economic development. Moringa being one of the agroforestry trees we have been planting since 2007 has continued to benefit famers both health wise and financially. The earlier trees have matured and farmers have been able to harvest both leaves for powder as well as selling seeds for income. With the pandemic around, our advice to the farmers is proper nutrition which Moringa powder has been a great help to the farmers since most of them accelerated using morimga powder as part of their diet thus boosting their immune system. They have also been able to sale extra powder for income. Despite the continued pandemic challenge, we still got our international order of 1000kgs of moringa seeds and we continue to collect the moringa seeds for the order. Thank you once more for your continued financial support which has been key in our success in promoting moringa tree planting, management and processing by our smallholder farmers.

During the reporting quarter, we were busy doing individual farmer follow ups both on phone and in their individual farms, propagating moringa seedlings, watering and tending the seedlings and issuing of seedlings during this November-December rains.

Below are detailed activities during this reporting period.

PROCESSING MORINGA POWDER

During this reporting period, we processed and packaged 13kgs of moringa powder which we are selling locally.

SOURCING OF MORINGA SEEDS

During the reporting quarter, we were busy sourcing seeds from different farmer groups for the international order of 1000kgs of moringa seeds.

MORINGA SEEDS MAINTENANCE

During the reporting quarter we were busy maintaining moringa seeds with the rest of seedlings in the tree nursery. This included weeding and constant watering for faster growth and to be ready during November-December rains planting.

ISSUANCE OF MORINGA SEEDLINGS

During the reporting quarter, we have been able to issue 5,000 moringa seedlings to both farmers and schools to plant in their individual farms.

CHALLENGES

Water remain our biggest challenge as we have no permanent water source but only nearby seasonal river. We continue to hope this challenge with be able to solve by having our own borehole

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue propagating more moringa seedlings
  • Continue processing more moringa leave powder.

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Nov 5, 2020

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

DNRC tree nursery with fruit tree seedlings
DNRC tree nursery with fruit tree seedlings

INTRODUCTION

We are delighted to share with you this progress report on our food forest and gardens project. We deeply appreciate your continued financial support to implement this project. Thank you so much. This project is very handy especially during this corona virus time as most people in Kenya lost their employment and livelihoods. Therefore growing their own food is keeping them from starvation and as a source of livelihood. Given this situation, DNRC was able to expand vegetable propagation so that we could cater for more farmers who were given the vegetable seedlings to establish their own kitchen gardens. Due to this extra effort, DNRC and the farmers have managed to grow enough vegetables for the DNRC staff and the households have managed to have enough vegetables for domestic use and sale of extra for income. As a way of coping with effects of Covid, DNRC continued to increase fruit trees propagation for DNRC food forest and farmers. In the food forests, we are promoting mix of fruit trees of early maturing ones and those are late maturing for continuous supply of food and nutrition. Therefore the main activities during this reporting period included: kitchen gardens establishment and management both at DNRC site and at individual farmer’s farms, Fruit tree seedlings propagation and management. Planting food crops in the food forest, weeding and managing the food forest, harvesting both food crops in the food forest as well as the fruits.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During the reporting quarter, we harvested 18.80kgs of beans, 22.4 kgs of bananas, 26.2 kgs of sweet potatoes, 44 pcs of passion fruits, 21pcs guavas and 30kgs of pawpaws. These is how the fruit forests are productive.

DNRC KITCHEN GARDEN

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff in charge of the kitchen gardens accomplished the following: Establishing vegetable nurseries as well as transplanting them in the gardens. Managing the gardens by weeding, spraying organic concoctions and top dressing. Harvesting for DNRC kitchen use as well as selling extra vegetables for income.

FARMER’S INDIVIDUAL KITCHEN GARDENS

During the reporting quarter, DNRC engaged farmers in organic kitchen gardening. The outreach personnel trained them on how to prepare sunken beds which is the best Drylands technique since water is a challenge. They were issued with vegetable seedlings, planted and now they are harvesting for home consumption and selling extra for income. The kitchen garden project is really helping the households during this hard economic times due to the Covid -19 pandemic.

CHALLENGES

Trainings- due to the health regulation of no gatherings as measure of preventing spread of Covid- 19, we are not able to train farmers in groups but at individual level thus limiting the number of farmers trained.

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Management and expansion of DNRC food forest and the organic kitchen gardens
  • Management and expansion of farmers kitchen Gardens and food forests
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Oct 28, 2020

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We are happy once more to share with you our progress report for the last three months on forestry training and finance. Despite the world wide Covid-19 pandemic which has affected our outreach program, we remained focused to our goals of environmental regeneration, economic enhancement and community regeneration. Due to the health guidelines issued by the government because of Covid pandemic, our group trainings have been slowed down since people are not allowed to congregate, but DNRC proceeded to do individual farmer follow ups and gave personalized trainings and follows. We also continued to propagate our diverse tree seedlings in the nursery to meet our target and even to bypass the target. This is because many people are at home thanks to Covid and have more time to plant more trees due to restricted movements and loss of livelihoods. Trees which have been planted since 2007 continue to mature for timber and timber products as well as positively influencing the microclimate in the community. This continued positive effect is a milestone towards environmental regeneration in terms of soil building as the trees constantly shade off their leaves which slowly decompose making the soils fertile and the constant layers of leaves help in moisture retention. Time like this, farmers continue to prune their trees for fire wood and sale the extra to DNRC for green charcoal production thus creating extra income for their families . Moringa which is one of the trees we promote with farmers continue to give farmers constant income from both sale of powder and the seeds. Our community social fabric has continued to grow strong and our farmers are more organised and together as they work on this tree planting project. Farmers are happy to be able to have a livelihood from this long term project and more want to join because with Covid, this has proven to make our farmers more resilient to pandemics such as covid.During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place; individual farmer follows ups and trainings, diverse seedlings propagation, potting, root pruning and general nursery management.

Below are detailed activities that took place during the reporting quarter.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the repotting quarter, we have propagated 35 diverse tree seedlings which include: paws paws, Mangoes, melia, calliandra, tree tomato, passion, eucalyptus camandulenses, gravellia , avocado, mulberry, kigelia, balbergia, senna siemea, Senna spectabilis, acacia polyacantha, Acacia xanthopolea, Acacia tortilis, Citrus, taminalia mentalis, Guavas, Moringa, Croton, Taminalia Brownii, Banana passion, Tamaridus indica, Zysygium, Berchemia, Vangueria, neem, Leuceana, Balanites. Currently our nursery has a cumulative of 63,691 seedlings of the above mentioned different tree species. We continue to propagate fast growing seedlings like moringa. During the reporting quarter, the nursery staff was also busy root pruning the outgrown seedlings.

DNRC OUTREACH PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, our outreach personnel was busy doing individual follow ups on farmers farms and advising farmers where necessary on issues of woodlot expansion, perimeter planting for those with filled woodlots, pruning as well as pests control like termites.

CHALLENGES

  • Since DNRC has no permanent source of water, a time like this we experience drastic water shortage as we have to scope sand from our seasonal river waani, so that we can get water and with slow recharge, we have water shortage and spending more on labour for the same.
  • Our outreach program was really affected by the Covid pandemic as were not able to carry short term trainings and other income generating activities thus affecting the organization finances

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Seedlings issuance to both farmers and schools during this October-December rains
  • Organize the end of year farmers annual meeting following the given health guidelines in the Country.

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