Oct 1, 2019

Moringa to support Kenyan Farmers-Progress Report

Introduction

Warm greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We hope you’re all well and happy spirits. We are happy to share with you our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmers healthy and wealth. We continue to work with our 800 farmers to achieve our goals of environmental regeneration, community social strengthening and economic development and growth. The trees we have been planting over the years have largely contributed to the environmental regeneration in terms of building the soils, increasing ground cover thus increasing water retention as well as creating micro climates which has made our area much cooler compared to other places where people have not planted trees . Moringa is one of agro forestry trees we have been promoting. Apart from the environmental regeneration role as an agro forestry tree, it’s a nutritional supplement as well as a source of income for the famers. Farmers sell Moringa seeds for income and also use it for nutritional supplement. The market for moringa continues to grow and currently DNRC is supplying an external market with moringa seeds and market will just get better. Thanks again for your kind support.

During the reporting quarter, we were busy sourcing moringa seeds from the farmers so as to supply the 1000kg order. We also continued propagating more moringa seedlings for farmers to increase their acreage and processing more moringa leave powder.

Below are detailed activity during the reporting quarter.

Propagating more moringa seeds.

During the reporting quarter, we propagated 6,000 moringa seedlings which are now being taken care of in the tree nursery to be issued to the farmers immediately October-December rains come.

Sourcing moringa seeds for ongoing order of 1000kgs

During this reporting period, the person in charge of moringa completed sourcing for the 1000kgs order, defeathered the seeds and delivered them. We got another order of the same and now we are in the process of sourcing more seeds from the farmers.

Processing moringa powder

Moringa is a deciduous tree, this being a dry spell, it has shade most of its leaves. With the few leaves around, we managed to process 5kgs of moringa powder.

Trainings and follow ups

During the reporting period, farmers were trained on how to tend moringa trees for more production as well as advised to plant more trees. The major activity during this reporting period is hole preparations to plant more moringa trees during October-December rains.

Challenges

Reliable water source remains our major challenge for expanding projects.

Focus for next quarter.

  • Maintain the seedlings in the nursery
  • Source more seeds to meet the current order.
  • Issue moringa with other seedlings to the farmer
  • Do more trainings and follow ups to make sure all the farmers have dug holes and ready to plant more.
Sep 13, 2019

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

Introduction

Kind greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We are happy to share with you our progress report on nutrition through food forest and gardens in Kenya. The food forests we have established with the farmers and the schools continue to flourish and giving diverse nutrition to both households and the school going children. The first school we established a food forest continue to enjoy continued food and fruit supply throughout the year as the trees mature at different times of the year. Families are slowly moving towards food sovereignty because of the diversity of different vegetables and fruits in both kitchen gardens and food forests. Apart from nutritional supplements, the diverse trees and vegetables continue to increase biodiversity and soil building besides other ecosystems services. Despite the dry spell we are experiencing now, households have maintained their kitchen gardens so as to reduce the expenses on food. DNRC staff and interns have been able to get enough vegetables and seasonal fruits from DNRC food forest. We say thank again for your continued and kind support which has enabled has to achieve our goal of food and nutrition security to our vulnerable households in the drylands of Kenya.

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were busy tending the gardens as well as maintaining the food forest and below are detailed activities of the same.

DNRC Food forest

During this reporting period, we were busy tending and managing the food forest through chop and drop. We were able to harvest some bananas, beans, passion fruits, cassava and guavas. We are also digging and treating holes in the food forest so as to expand it during this coming October- December rains.

DNRC Kitchen Gardens

The main activities during this reporting period were: Establishing vegetable nursery to propagate saplings for both DNRC kitchen gardens and for the farmers, watering, mulching, constant pest management using biological pesticides, composting and top dressing. At DNRC kitchen gardens, we have more than enough vegetables for staff, visitors and interns and now selling extra for income.

Water remain our main challenge to all our projects as seasonal river has dried up and we have to scope sand to get water.

Next quarter focus

Hole preparation to expand the food forest.

Continue maintaining existing gardens and expansion of the same.

Sep 4, 2019

FOREST TRAINING & FINANCE FOR THE FARMERS REPORT

Introduction

We hope this report finds you well and in good spirits. We are happy to share this quarterly report with you and sincerely thanks you for your kind financial support which has enabled us to achieve our objectives. Your continuous support help us to plant over 30 diverse tree species for both income generation, environmental regeneration and biodiversity conservation across our 700 farmers. The over 1 million diverse trees planted and continue to plant has positively impact the community in terms of the environment, economic and social aspects. For instance, farmers are now pruning bigger trees for firewood which is used at home and the extra sold for income. Also they are getting income from sale of moringa seeds and leaves and fruits. The community is more forested than before the project and they are experiencing cooler weather compared to other places where no trees have been planted during this period of dry spell. The infertile soils due to previous constant soil erosion continue to build as foliage from trees continue to fall and decompose thus increasing soil health and water retention. This has resulted to increased crop yields and water retention something the community is proud of and confess to others. The community social strength has increased and farmers are more organized thus able to share their problems more as well as coming up with solutions.

During this reporting quarter, DNRC staff were working in DNRC tree nursery to propagate tree species with the aim of achieving our yearly target of 100,000 seedlings. Main activities involved watering, potting, weeding and pricking. At the same time, our training and outreach staff were busy training farmers on agroforestry practises, hole preparation as well as individual farm visits for follow ups.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Tree nursery

Our yearly target is 100,000 tree seedlings to be propagated in the tree nursery and issued to our farmers to plant in their individual farms during October-December rains. During this quarter, a total of 45,350 seedlings were propagated and included: Senna siemea 6400, Senna spectabilis 3180, Ecalyptus camandulensis 5500, gravelia rubusta 7020, Mangifera indica 2800, Acacia polyacantha 6900, Acacia xanthoploea 2600, Croton megalocaphass 1900, Moringa oleifera 2800, lemons 2000, paapaws 2,800, syzygium cumii 1000, Avocado 450,

Outreach/ training

During this reporting quarter, 12 farmers groups were trained in agroforestry and tree planting and management. They were also trained in Integrated Pest management and tree pruning and sustainable harvesting of tree branches. 50 farmers were individually visited in their farms for close follow ups and guidance.

It’s also during this quarter when we had our bi-annual get together of all the 700 farmers. It’s during this bi-annual gathering where we come together and share our challenges, experiences, eat and dance together and have our visitors and stakeholders visit. During this June get together, we were lucky the County Deputy Governor Angelina Mwau crowned the occasion and promised our next get together will bring the governor. The county Government is happy with our work which align to their programs.

Main Challenges

This being our driest season, water is and still remain our main challenge. Transport is our second challenge.

Next quarter focus

  • Will continue to propagate more tree seedlings
  • General maintenance of the tree seedlings in the nursery
  • Continue to train and prepare our farmers in readiness to the October-December rains
  • Issuance of the tree seedlings during the rains to the 700 farmers to plant in their individual farms.
 
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