Apr 5, 2019

Moringa to support Farmers progress Report 2019

INTRODUCTION

Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) continue to work with the now 700 small holder farmers to promote Moringa trees for the purpose of improving both health and wealth of the farmers. Your financial generosity has been of great help to our work and we can only say thank you very much. Moringa is among the over 30 indigenous tree species we have been promoting over the last 10 years and so far we have seen tremendous benefits. Apart from being an agro forest tree and contributing so much to environmental regeneration which is one of our main goals, Moringa tree has been of great benefit to our community both financially and health wise. Through your generous financial support, farmers are been trained on how to plant moringa tree, harvest the leaves, dry them under shade then powder them for moringa leave powder. The powder is used for both for domestic use and sale for income. Farmers are also trained on how to harvest moringa seeds and de-feather them for extraction of oil for the continuing export market to LUSH Cosmetics. Quite a number of farmers who have constantly used moringa powder as part of their diet have confessed positive results in their health and the awareness of the benefits of Moringa is growing so as the market. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Constant sourcing of moringa seeds to meet the international order of 1000 kgs of Moringa seeds, collecting and drying moringa leaves for the powder, doing follow ups with the farmers on planted moringa trees by the farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

Moringa seeds collection for the international order

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were very busy sourcing moringa seeds to sale to LUSH cosmetics. The activities involved farmers bringing their moringa seeds to DNRC premises, weighing them and processing their payments for their seeds.

Moringa leaves for powder

During this reporting quarter, DNRC was also sourcing moringa leaves from the farmers, sorting them, weighing and drying them under shade then making powder. The powder is then packed and labelled ready for sale.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue sourcing moringa seeds for a running order.
  • Farmers follow ups to make sure they take good care of their moringa trees.
  • Propagating and tending moringa seedlings at DNRC tree nursery.
  • Marketing both moringa power and seeds.
Mar 20, 2019

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS IN KENYA QUARTERLY REPORT- MARCH 2019

Introduction

Once again we are happy to share with you progress report on nutrition through food forest and gardens in Kenya. We continue to deeply appreciate your kind support and partnership which has enabled us to expand to 700 farmers we work with in establishing food forest and kitchen gardens for nutrition and also as source of income and livelihoods. The diversity of crops, trees and fruit trees planted in food forests not only continue to provide nutrition but also changing local microclimate. Mature food forests fruit trees mature at different times thus providing sustainable food and nutrition throughout the year which is a better system then mono cropping. The kitchen gardens also continue to supplement the household diet with diverse vegetables ranging from and not limited to: kales, spinach black night shade, amaranths, cowpeas, spider weed, eggplant and pumpkins. Farmers are testify how the gardens have helped them with vegetable supply at home and helped them reduce cost of daily buying of vegetables thus saving the cash for other family developments. Thank you once more for your continued financial support and partnership which enables us to face future with hope.

During the reporting quarter major activities were harvesting ready crops and fruits from DNRC food forest and planting kitchen gardens and maintaining the existing ones. The following are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC Food Forest

During this reporting quarter we harvested 7.5 kg of beans, 25.3 kg of bananas, 8 pieces of pawpaw and 40 pieces of passion fruits. We also pruned and mulched the trees in the food forest to conserve water during the dry season.

DNRC Kitchen gardens

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff were busy expanding the kitchen gardens, establishing vegetable nurseries and maintaining the existing gardens. The vegetables are used by DNRC staff, interns and our visitors and the rest sold for income. We continued to work with our 700 farmers in their kitchen gardens and food forests.

 

Challenges

 

The major challenge during this reporting time is water which has remained our perennial challenge. We rely on a seasonal river (waani) which dries up and we have to scoop the sand to get the water which is a very slow recharge.

 

Focus for the next Quarter

 

Replanting and maintaining the DNRC food forest and kitchen gardens

 

Issuance of fruit trees to the farmers to expand their food forests

 

Issuance of vegetable seedlings to the farmers to expand and replant their kitchen gardens

 

 
 
 
 
 

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Mar 11, 2019

FORESTRY TRAINING & FINANCE FOR 800 FARMERS REPORT

Introduction

Drylands Natural Resources center wish to sincerely send our greetings to all of us. Thank you for your continued partnership which has continued to help us slowly work towards achieving our goals of: Environmental regeneration, community strengthening and economic development in our community. The now 800 farmers continue to experience positive impacts from the trees they have been planting for the last 10 years. The microclimate from grown trees continue to improve thus positively impacting on water and soil conservation among other ecosystem services. The community is more capacity built and more empowered than ever before thus more free with each other and share their experiences and find solutions more effectively. As they prune their trees, they get enough firewood and sale the balance to DNRC for green charcoal processing. They also benefit from other fruit trees we promote such paw paws, guavas, lemons, tamarind, zygium, avocados, mangoes, vitex payos among others thus improving nutrition and family level.

During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Tree nursery management, potting and transplanting tree saplings to the pots, preparation of the seedbeds and sowing tree seeds and training and individual farmers follow ups. Below are detailed activities during the quarter.

The tree nursery

During our annual planning, we targeted to propagate 100, 000 diverse seedlings for the year 2019. During the reporting quarter, the following activities took place in the tree nursery: arranging of diverse seedlings remaining from the last issuance, preparing nursery beds and sowing the slow growing seedlings like: neem, tamarindus indica, grivellia and camandulensis and tree nursery watering and weeding.

The training and outreach

During the reporting quarter, the training and outreach personnel was involved in follow ups of the just planted tree seedlings, identifying the challenges farmers are facing and offering solutions of the same.

Challenges

The main challenge remains to be water and trying to solicit funds on the same.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue propagating more seedlings to meet our target.
  • Recruit more farmers to hit our 800 target
  • Continue with, outreach, trainings and follow ups.
  • Prepare for the farmers Bi- annual party scheduled in June
 
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