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Sep 11, 2018

FOREST TRAINING & FINANCE FOR THE FARMERS REPORT

DNRC staff working in the nursery
DNRC staff working in the nursery

Drylands Natural Resources Centre family wish to sincerely send warm greetings. We hope this progressive report finds all of us well. We are happy to share with you our third quarter progress report on forestry training and finance for the 600 small holder farmers we are working with to accomplish our goals of environmental regeneration, economic development and community strengthening. The diverse trees which we started planting since 2007 have grown to maturity and farmers continue to benefit. The timber trees continue to thicken their backs for quality timber, farmers continue to prune the trees for their firewood as well as selling the extra firewood to DNRC for green charcoal production. As this trees grow, they continue to shade of their leaves, thus covering the soils and as they continue to decompose they build the soils too. They have also formed canopies thus creating micro- climate which is idea for crop production. Farmers continue to make 100% profit from sale of moringa seeds as well as powder. Fruit trees like paws paws, guavas, citrus, and bananas have attained maturity and farmers continue to harvest this fruits when in season. The community is more organised and the social fabric continue to strengthen day by day as famers continue to work in solidarity. This has built the community to a level of culture regeneration where by now we organise and record Kamba traditional music which majorly teaches on morals.

We can only say thank you very much. You continued financial support has enabled us to achieve this.

During the just ended quarter, the following activities took place: potting, arranging and propagation different tree species, general tree nursery management, mobilization and recruiting new farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the quarter:

The tree nursery

During the annual planning for this year, we planned to propagate 100,000 diverse seedlings; During the quarter the following specie among others have been propagated : senna siemea 6200, senna spectabilies 6000, gravellia Rubusta 3500, Luecean 7600, zyzygium guminii 3500, Acacia xanthopolea 5000, Acacia geradii 1600, Acacia Polyacantha 3400, Guavas 6000, Citrus 9000, Neem 1850, Tamaridus indica 2000, Passion 650, paw paw 3800, Tree tomato 520, Mangoes 3550, Avacado 940, Dulbergia 270, Taminalia Brownii 165,Ecalyptus camandulensis 4800, Moringa oleifera 2000, Croton megalocupus 3000, Melia vonkensii 4448.. Making a total of 80173. Other major activities in the nursery included; Potting and arranging the pots. General nursery management which include: weeding and watering the seedlings. Nursery expansion and netting was also a major activity to accommodate the increased production.

Community outreach and Training

During the quarter, the outreach and training personal was majorly involved in training farmers mostly on hole preparation, selective thinning and pruning in the already-established food forests and woodlots and compost making. During the annual planning, we agreed to add our cumulative number of farmers to 700. During the reporting quarter we have recruited 20 famers to the project making the cumulative number of farmers 720.

Challenges

This being our dry spell, water is a challenge since we have no permanent source of water within DNRC premises and we depend on a seasonal river nearby whereby we use donkeys to ferry water to the site. With our increase of the nursery capacity, we need more water too.

Plan for the next quarter

  • General management of the tree nursery
  • Propagation the remaining no. of seedlings to reach our target
  • Recruit the remaining no. of new farmers and orient them on tree planting
  • Issue the seedlings to the farmers Oct- Nov rains.
DNRC staff propagating more trees
DNRC staff propagating more trees
DNRC staff putting up shade net fox expansion
DNRC staff putting up shade net fox expansion
farmers learning about tree grafting
farmers learning about tree grafting
Jul 11, 2018

Moringa to support Farmers progress Report 2018

DNRC nursery staff planting moringa
DNRC nursery staff planting moringa

Kind greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) Family. We are pleased once again to share our progress report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and wealth with you. Your continued financial support has enabled us to constantly continue working with our 700 smallholder famers in environmental regeneration, community strengthening and financial sustainability. Since 2007, we have been planting trees of diverse species which farmers continue to plant for multipurpose including for food and nutrition, income and biodiversity conservation. Moringa is one of the many trees we grow for the health benefit as well as selling the surplus inform of powder and seeds for income. Farmers continue to use moringa powder in their diet and they have testified positive progress in their health as they use the powder regularly in their meals. The extra moringa powder is packaged at DNRC and sold for income. Moringa seeds are known for industrial oil used to make cosmetics. We are happy to again share that LUSH Cosmetics-UK are currently buying our moringa seeds for oil extraction. This is a big plus for our farmers as now can get income from the seeds unlike before. Once again we say thank you for your kind support.

During the reporting quarter, we were majorly involved in collecting seeds from the farmers for sale, Processing and packaging moringa power and planting more moringa seedlings in our nursery. Below are detailed activities during this quarter.

Sourcing Moringa seeds

During the quarter, we sourced 1000kgs of moringa seeds from the farmers which were sun dried and packaged into bags for sale to LUSH cosmetics who has a local oil pressing company in Nairobi. The work also included mobilizing the farmers to collect and defeathering the seeds.

Drying and preparing moringa powder

During this reporting quarter, we were also busy drying moringa leaves and pounding them using mortar and pestle for local use and sale as moringa powder.

Tree Nursery

During the quarter, DNRC tree nursery staff were busy planting more moringa seedlings to be issued and planted by the farmers during the Oct-Dec. rains.

Focus for next quarter

  • Tending and maintaining Moringa seedling and others in the nursery
  • Collecting more moringa seeds
  • Outreach and training of farmers.
DNRC staff loading moringa seeds
DNRC staff loading moringa seeds
Packing Moringa powder at DNRC
Packing Moringa powder at DNRC
Jun 22, 2018

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST PROGRESS REPORT 08

dnrc food forest
dnrc food forest

Introduction

We trust you’re all doing great and in good health. Receive much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre ( DNRC) family .We are happy once again to share with you our progress report on Nutrition through food forest and gardens in Kenya. Your generous financial support continue to enable us to work with our communities towards food and nutrition sustainability. Since we started food forests and gardens project, courtesy to your generous support, the community is experiencing positive results in terms of nutritious vegetables for home consumption and sale for income. DNRC continue also to move towards financial sustainability from the sale of the products from the food forests and gardens and providing nutritious food to the staff.

We continue to tend and develop kitchen gardens in DNRC premises with diverse vegetables ranging from black night shed, amaranths, cowpeas, kales, spinach, coriander , onions just to mention but few. This knowledge has been transferred to the households working with DNRC and now the families can produce their own vegetables thus reducing their expense and having a better diet and income at house hold level.

During the quarter, we were mainly worked in DNRC food forest by tending and harvesting ready products such as passion fruits, beans and bananas. We also continued to establish more kitchen gardens both at DNRC site and farmers individual farms. Below are specific activities during the quarter.

DNRC Food forest

During the quarter, we continued to manage DNRC food forest mainly in mulching and pruning. We harvested 9 kgs of bananas. 10 pcs of passion fruits and 1 kg of beans.

 

Kitchen Gardens

During thequarter, we were involved in establishing more kitchen gardens at DNRC site and managing the green houses.

Outreach and training

During the quarter, DNRC trained and helped the farmers to establish kitchen garden in their individual homes for vegetable production for both income and home consumption.

Focus for Next Quarter

  • Continue managing DNRC food forest
  • Continue managing DNRC gardens as well as training farmers to establish more on Kitchens.
DNRC kitchen gardens
DNRC kitchen gardens
more vegetables at DNRC
more vegetables at DNRC
DNRC farmer tending her kitchen gardens with kales
DNRC farmer tending her kitchen gardens with kales
 
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