Mar 29, 2016

Nutrition through food forest in Kenya march 2016

Introduction

Greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family. We hope your year kicked off very well and you’re achieving your set resolutions for the year 2016.Thank so much for your continued support through global giving. You’re continuous and generous donation is enabling us to serve 450 farmers to regenerate their environment, build their social capital and sustainably generate income by planting diverse trees in a food forest systems and woodlots. 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. During the quarter, we continued to grow different tree species including perennials, fruit trees, timber trees, passion fruits, medicinal trees, and fodder and fuel trees etc. which are issued to the farmers during the rainy season to establish food forests.

What was done during the quarter?

  1. Tree saplings propagation

During the quarter, DNRC staff concentrated on propagating different tree species to be given to the farmers during the rainy season. DNRC staff also continued to maintain the existing tree seedlings in the nursery. The target is to propagate about 60,000 seedlings this year which will be used to establish woodlots and food forests. During the quarter, 16,000 tree seedlings have been propagated in the DNRC nursery.

  1. Maintaining food forest demo. at DNRC site

During the quarter, we continued to maintain the food forest at DNRC site for the farmers to visit and learn from. We mainly weeded and incorporated tubers and sweet potatoes for cover crop. We also got individual farmers visiting and being taken around the food forest as a field training and any questions answered.

  1. Outreach and follow up trainings

During the quarter, farmers were visited in their individual farms and trained on how to tend their food forests and especially on the chop and drop method to nurse the production trees. The emphasis was also to try to maintain 7 layers in their food forests and plant plants which meet their need such as herbs, fruits, timber, fodder, firewood, medicinal, biodiversity etc.

Challenges faced during the quarter

Meeting the increasing demand for tree seedlings due to increased interest in the community. We have increased the DNRC tree nursery target from 55,000 to 60,000

Focus for next quarter

  • Propagation of tree saplings
  • Outreach trainings and field visits to the farmers’ established food forests
  • Maintenance of the existing DNRC food forest demo.
Mar 29, 2016

Moringa to support Kenyan farmers' March 2016

 

  • Introduction

 

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.

  • Propagating Moringa seedlings

 

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. 

  • Follow ups of Moringa trees in the farmers’ farms.

 

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.

  1. Processing Moringa powder.

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.

  • Focus for next quarter.

 

  • Continue propagating more moringa seedlings
  • Farmers getting more training on moringa.
  • Harvesting of moringa seeds from the mature trees for sale.
  • Continue processing and packaging moringa powder for sale.
Mar 8, 2016

DNRC Forestry Training and Finance QU. Report

INTRODUCTION

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)

Challenges

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

  • Continue potting, sawing, and transplanting seedlings with the aim of meeting the 60,000 target.
  • Make follow ups and trainings of the 11 groups we work with.
  • Plan for the bi-annual party
  • Recruiting more farmers.
 
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