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Dec 10, 2018

FOREST TRAINING & FINANCE FOR THE FARMERS REPORT

Introduction

Receive Christmas greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family. We trust you’re all well and in good spirits. We are excited just like before to share this progress report on forestry training and finance for the 700 smallholder farmers we are currently working with.

During the reporting quarter, we continued to work towards delivering our goals of environmental regeneration through continuous diversified tree planting and majorly indigenous specious. These trees have continued to grow and now we have tangible positive effects. The soils have continued to build and have become more fertile thus improving crop production. The trees have also created micro climates and the area has become cooler and we can slowly start introducing crops which need cooler climates. Families now have enough firewood for home use as well as for sale for more income. The trees are widening their diameter and almost getting ready for timber harvesting which is another product for income generation. Trees like Moringa have matured and farmers are now consistently selling the seeds for more income as we already have an international market for Moringa seeds. Farmers continue to use Moringa powder for their diet as well as selling the extra powder for extra income. The social fabric continue to strengthen as famers continue to get trainings together and working together. The fact that we a keen on preserving our tradition especially Kamba traditional Music, as farmers come together to dance and train each other, they continue to build the social fabric of the community as they get the chance to share experience thus becoming more close and organized for a common goal. We once again say thank you very much.

During the reporting quarter, we engaged on taking care of the seedlings in the tree nursery, training farmers on the hole preparations and issuing of trees during this October-December rains which is proving successful. Below are detailed activities during the quarter.

Tree Nursery

During the reporting quarter, the tree nursery personnel was busy with the general nursery management which include: wedding, watering and topdressing. We managed to raise a total of 76,925 of the following diverse species: Senna siemea, Senna spectabilis, Gravellia Robusta, Luceana,Zygeum, Acacia xanthopolea, Acacia Geradii, Acacia polyacatha, Guava, Lemon, Neem, Tamaridus indica, Passion, Pawpaw, Tree tomato, Mangoes, Avovado, Dilgergia melanoxilon, Taminalia brownie, Ecalyptus camandulesis, Moringa oleifera, Aborea, Melia Vonkensii, Croton megalocurpus

Outreach and training

During the reporting quarter, the outreach personnel was busy training the famers specifically on hole preparation and doing follow ups on the same.

The October-December rains came in time and during this reporting period we have been so busy issuing the ready seedlings to the farmers to go plant in their individual farms. About 80,000 seedlings have been so far issued.

Focus on the next

  • Evaluating the year 2018 and planning for next year 2019.
  • Taking care of the seedlings left in the nursery after issuance
  • Preparing and hosting the get together function with all our 700 farmers scheduled on 14th December 2018.
Oct 9, 2018

moringa to support Kenyan farmers progress report

moringa trees in the farmers farms
moringa trees in the farmers farms

Introduction

Receive our sincerely greetings from DNRC family. We are happy to share with you our progress quarter report on healthy and wealth creation for the Kenyan farmers we work with. As we continue to work to attain our objectives of environmental regeneration, community strengthening and economic development, we are also keen to see that the 600 households we work with are healthy and wealthy from the products of the trees we plant. Since 2007, the trees we have been promoting have grown to maturity and most of them have formed enough canopies and have created microclimates thus creating a good climate for food production. Moringa is one of the agroforest trees we have been promoting over the years. The older Moringa trees have grown to maturity and the farmers continue to harvest the leaves for powder processing and the seeds majorly for sale for industrial oil pressing.  We have trained our farmers on how to dry the leaves under shade so as to retain the nutrients. The project continues to build our social fabric/ capacity as farmers get trained on moringa issues together and later go and implement at personal level in their individual farms. We can only say thank you so much for your continued financial support.

Currently our international client has renewed the order for our farmers to supply once more 1000kgs of Moringa seeds. This is very exciting to all the farmers as they have ready market for their Moringa trees. Farmers continue to use both fresh and powdered moringa leaves for their diet as a nutritional supplement. Most of the farmers are now confessing the positive feedback they are getting in their health from using Moringa powder consistently. One farmer said he feels better with her blood pressure because she uses moringa powder.

During the reporting quarter, major activities included: propagating more moringa seedlings, sourcing moringa seeds for the market, preparing holes to plant more Moringa during the November rains.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Propagating more moringa seedlings

During the quarter, we continued to propagate more moringa seedlings. This quarter we have propagated 4000 seedlings which are being taken care in the nursery by watering and weeding.

Sourcing moringa seeds

During the reporting quarter, our designated staff for moringa continued to source moringa seeds for the 1000 order for the LUSH.

Farmer follow ups and trainings

During the reporting quarter, we continued to train farmers on how to prepare holes to plant more moringa trees during the coming October-December rains. The farmers were also trained on how to manage the moringa trees through coppicing to produce more leaves and seeds.

Challenges

Water for our expanding tree nursery continue to be our biggest challenge.

Plans for the next quarter

  • Continue to propagate more and maintain the moringa seedlings in the nursery
  • Issuance of moringa sapling and other tree seedlings during the coming rainy season

 

 

moringa tree seedlings in the nursery
moringa tree seedlings in the nursery
sourced moringa seeds
sourced moringa seeds
Sep 19, 2018

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

banana in the food forest
banana in the food forest

INTRODUCTION

Drylands Natural resources Centre (DNRC) family wish to send sincere greetings to us all. We trust your all great and in good spirits. We are again happy to share with you our progress quarterly report on nutrition through food forests and gardens finds all of us well. Your kind support enable us to remain focused and continue to work with our over 600 smallholder subsistence farmers in the drylands of Kenya in environmental regeneration, economic empowerment and community regeneration. One of the ways to achieving these objectives is through Food forests and Kitchen gardens using permaculture and organic methods. We establish food forest and kitchen gardens in DNRC site for demonstration to the farmers and provide nutritious and organic food to the staff and the surrounding community. We also train and incrementally help the farmers to start food forests and kitchen gardens in their homes for food and nutrition security and income generation. Also through food forests established in DNRC, schools and by the farmers, we have started realizing benefits in terms fruits, fodder and fuel. DNRC the gardens are flourishing and both the staff, interns and visitors continue to get organic vegetables for meals and selling the extra vegetables for in come. It through your continued generous financial support that we were able to do all this. We once again say thank you so much.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Training farmers in establishing kitchen gardens and digging holes to expand their food forests, Propagating fruit trees to be given to farmers to expand their food forest, management of the existing food forests and the kitchen gardens both in DNRC and farmers farms. Below are detailed activities of during the reporting quarter.

 

DNRC FOOD FOREST

During the reporting quarter, the main activities in the food forest were tree pruning, weeding and mulching the production trees. Both bananas and pawpaw produce at this time and they are almost getting ready for harvest. (See attached picture)

DNRC GARDENS

During the reporting quarter, we planted and managed tomatoes and replanted and expanded the kitchen gardens. Since its dry season and with a lot of pest, we were busy controlling the pest through organic concoctions especially hot pepper, Sodom apple and neem. (See attached picture)

FARMERS GARDENS

During the reporting quarter, we were busy doing follow ups with the farmers farms as well as training them in Integrated Pest Management and kitchen garden management. Were also trained in hole preparation as they get ready for October – November rains. See attached pictures)

FOCUS ON THE NEXT QUARTER.

  • Digging holes for gaping in the DNRC food forest.
  • Establishing vegetable nursery for both DNRC gardens and the farmers.
  • Harvesting continues yields from food forest and kitchen gardens.
farmers learning about kitchen gardens
farmers learning about kitchen gardens
tomotoes in DNRC gardens
tomotoes in DNRC gardens
vegetables in dnrc gardens
vegetables in dnrc gardens
 
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