Mar 30, 2020

Moringa to support Farmers progress Report 2020

Introduction

We hope this report finds all of us well, we are happy to share with you our progress report for the first quarter this year on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth. As moringa tree continues to be popular, the need to use it is rapidly increasing across the world and many people are getting to know how the leaves can be used as a nutritional supplement. This has informed many farmers to plant moringa trees to benefit from both the leaves and also the seeds as they also sale them for industrial oil pressing. The 800 farmers partnering with DNRC continue to plant moringa as one of the agroforestry tree and they continue to enjoy tremendous benefits on the same. Apart from both the nutritional value and income farmers get from moringa tree, it also plays a big role in environmental generation mostly soil building as many moringa trees do well when planted along the swales or terraces in the main farm since it has not shown any effect on the crops. So a famer doesn’t need extra land to plant moringa tree.

During the reporting period, the following activities took place: doing follow ups both on farmers and the 12 schools we work with, processing moringa powder as well as collecting moringa seeds from the farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter:

Moringa powder processing and collecting seeds

During the reporting quarter, we processed 20 kgs of Moringa powder which was supplied to respective orders.We also managed to deliver the order of 1000kgs of moringa seeds to the international order and we continue to collect more as we wait for the next order.

Follow ups on the farmer’s farms and schools

During the reporting quarter, the outreach personnel was busy doing follow ups mostly with the newly recruited farmers to see how their moringa trees are coming up and training them how to manage them for optimum production.

Challenges

  • Drying moringa leaves for powder during the rainy season has been a challenge.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue drying more moringa leaves for the powder
  • Continue sourcing more moringa seeds
  • Do follow ups on management of the moringa trees with farmers.
Mar 11, 2020

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

INTRODUCTION

We hope this report finds all of you well and in God spirits. We are happy for this another opportunity to share with you the progress of our food forest and gardens project which you graciously support. In the last three months, the project has been flourishing due to the good rains in my community. Water loving fruits in the food forests such as bananas, fruit trees etc. grew fast and majority of them producing fruits. Food forests in schools we work with are also doing great. DNRC gardens planted with diverse vegetables also continue to flourish and are providing enough veg. for DNRC staff, visitors and interns. DNRC is also extending more Kitchen gardens to more farmers farms so that to ensure food and nutrition security in our community which is a major issue in our country. During this reporting period, the following activities took place: Produce harvest in the food forest and kitchen gardens, tending and weeding the food forest and kitchen gardens, establishment of vegetable nurseries, re-planting and maintaining both the food forest and kitchen gardens and trainings and follow ups of the same.

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During this reporting quarter, we were busy tending the food forest and maintaining it through chop and drop to open up for more lights for the production trees. We also applied manure and mulched smaller production trees. We earthed the sweet potatoes which are doing very well due to good rains experienced in the community. We also replanted the food forest and kitchen gardens and established vegetable nurseries. During the reporting period, we were able to harvest the following: passion fruits, sweet potatoes, and beans.

FARMERS’ KITCHEN GARDENS

During this reporting period, we were able to establish vegetable nursery to propagate vegetables saplings to be issued to the farmers to plant in their individual kitchen gardens. The farmers were also trained on kitchen gardens techniques such as Zai-pits and sunken beds.

CHALLENGES

  • Excessive rain during this reporting period caused some water logging in the vegetable nurseries.

Plan for the next quarter

  • Replant, tend and maintain both the kitchen gardens and food forest
  • Train and follow up with farmers on both food forests and kitchen gardens
Mar 3, 2020

FOREST TRAINING & FINANCE FOR THE FARMERS REPORT

INTRODUCTION

Warm New Year greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre family. Once again we are happy to share with all of you the progress we have made so far on forestry training and finance project for the last three months. We can only say thank you so much for your continued financial support which has played a big role towards the success we share today. Our now cumulatively 800 smallholder farmers who are geographically located and in 14 groups covering are radius of about 7 km from DNRC location continue expanding their agroforestry program. Over the years, Most of the farmers have filled their set aside land for environmental regeneration and now we have introduced them to perimeter tree planting so that they continue growing the forestry cover in community as well as their income from trees and tree products. Since farmers neighbour each other, the idea is when everybody eventually plants their perimeter, they form another forest since trees are planted near each other. This is moving us closer to our goal of environmental regeneration as well as a certain percentage of economic development as quite a big percentage of farmers are able to sale excess firewood for income after pruning and other tree products. Our intensive trainings and follow ups, working in solidarity and our parties continue to bring farmers together thus constantly building the social fabric.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Farmers annual get together party, DNRC staff planning for the year 2020, field follow ups for the planted seedlings both for the schools and farmers, seed sawing in the tree nursery, potting, transplanting and general nursery management.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, after December tree issuance 2019, the nursery was left with a balance of 25, 242 of 25 different species to be maintained in the nursery as they await the next rain season in March- April 2020 for gapping purpose. The nursery team was busy potting where by a total of 4000 pots were done. Sawing of the following seeds was also done, Gravellia, mangoes, kay apple, and eucalyptus camandulensis. Other activities in the tree nursery were watering and wedding.

OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, we had our annual get together which brought all the farmers together to celebrate. Key agenda was to; Share experience, prepare, display and test Kamba traditional foods, dance Kamba traditional music and speeches from invited guests. Also during the reporting quarter, the outreach personnel were busy doing follows. Out of the 12 schools we work with, 9 schools were visited and their woodlots and food forests were coming up well. Also during the reporting 3 groups out of the 14 groups we work with were visited and they were advised accordingly on the challenges they were facing. Two groups were trained on woodlot management and did practicals on thinning and pruning. One group which is newest was trained on food forest establishment and its importance.

PLAN FOR THE YEAR 2020

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff had their annual staff party and planning for the year 2020 with the following to focus.

  • Maintain a tree nursery capacity of 80,000 seedlings
  • Strengthen and prioritize agro ecology with the farmers.
  • Do local mobilization within the groups to make sure that no one is left out and increase the members.
  • Increase local courses training especially Permaculture/Agroecology

CHALLENGES

  • Due to prolonged rains last rain season leading to waterlogging of soils, Melia vonkensii and Azadirachta indica seedlings which don’t like logged water some dried up.

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Gapping of the dried seedling during the previous rain season both farmers and schools farms.
  • Trainings and follow ups both to the farmers groups and schools.
  • Continue with propagation of more seedlings to achieve our planed target.
 
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