Dec 29, 2015

Nutrition through food forests Quartery Report

Introduction
Holiday 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 quarter
a. Tree saplings for food forest
During 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 training
During 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-together
During 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.


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Dec 29, 2015

Moringa to support Kenyan farmers quarterly report

Introduction
Holiday greetings from DNRC family. We wish you Merry Christmas and a happy and prosperous new year. Thank so much for your continued support through global giving. Your continuous and generous donations are 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 by planting over 50,000 different tree seedlings every year .One of these species is moringa oleifera which we are promoting for nutrition and sale for income. Moringa tree is known for its high nutrition content. Its leaves are dried and made into powder or taken fresh for nutrition/health supplement.(see attached pictures for this report)

What was done during the quarter
a. Moringa seedlings propagation
During the quarter, we managed to propagate and issue for planting 3,000 moringa saplings. Each farmer was given at least 5 moringa seedlings to plant in their individual farms. The idea is to continue planting more and buying the leaves from the farmers to process them into powder for sale for income. Farmers will also be trained on how to process and cook the leaves for their own consumption.

b. Farmers training
During the quarter, farmers were trained in the nutritional value of moringa and how to establish it. They were trained also on how to establish holes and how to plant moringa seedlings.

c. Processing moringa into powder
During the quarter, DNRC started processing the leaves from the older moringa trees planted earlier by the few farmers as a sample for market trial. We are looking for both local and international markets both for moringa leaves and seed oil

Challenges faced during the quarter
• Limited water supply during the dry spell
• Lack of financial resources for marketing and expansion of the project

Focus for next quarter
• Plant more moringa seedlings
• Continue processing more moringa leaves into powder and marketing
• Farmers training


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Dec 10, 2015

DNRC PROGRESS REPORT JUN-AUST 2015 Sept- Nov. 2015

DRYLANDS NATURAL RESOURCES CENTER (DNRC) PROGRESSIVE REPORT FOR SEPT-NOV. 2015
Introduction
Receive much greetings from DNRC family. We want to say thank you so much for your continued support which is enabling us to continue implementing DNRC goal of promoting sustainable development of Natural Resources of the dryland regions of Kenya in order to being improved livelihoods of marginalized communities and people living there. Our model of improving the environment, social welfare and economical empowerment is slowly shaping up as we are getting success stories from our 450 farmers we are working with. Farmers are already getting fruits from the old trees, selling moringa power from moringa leaves, firewood, poles and the microclimate is changing with stories of more rains than before and the region becoming cooler as well.
This quarter we were mainly working on issuing tree seedlings to the farmers to plant because it’s a rainy season. We managed to issue over 50,000 seedlings to the farmers and of different species mainly for fodder, fruits, fuel, timber, conservation and for medicine.
During this 3 months period, the following activities took place.
Tree Nursery
The main activities in our tree nursery were to maintain and issue tree seedlings to the farmers to plant. We issued over 50,000 seedlings to our 450 farmers and six schools we are working with in the area. Farmers have now planted and so far the seedlings are doing great because this time round we have been blessed with good rains.(See attached pictures)


Training/ Outreach program
During the quarter, DNRC staff mainly helped the schools to prepare and plant trees in the compound (establish food forests).This quarter we recruited 3 more schools making a total of 6 schools (4 Primary and 2 Secondary Schools).They were also trained on how to tend and take care of young tree seedlings (see attached pictures)

Other activities
We established swales in DNRC site to harvest rain water for our farms and also for demonstration to the farmers to emulate in their individual farms.( see attached pictures)

Limited water supply during the dry spell

  • Transport of the seedlings for the farmers to their individual farms.
  • Focus For the Next Quarter.
  • End of year get-together with the farmers.
  • Preparing work plans for next year




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