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Jun 13, 2018

Forest Training & Finance progress Report

introduction

Warm greetings from Drylands Natural Resource Centre fraternity. We are happy to again get to share with you our progress. Your generous and continued financial support has enabled us to constantly work towards achieving our goals which include community social strengthening through bringing farmers together in various activities such as get together parties, working in solidarity groups etc. The community is now more strong and organized and the sense of belonging is very high. We are continuously working towards environmental regeneration through planting as much indigenous trees as possible. We have now increase our nursery capacity to 100,000 diverse seedlings per year so as to supply as much trees to farmers as possible. The trees we started planting since 2007 have already formed canopies and created microclimates. The soil fertility continue to improve as the trees shade their leaves, they continue to increase the mulch which slowly continues to decompose thus improving the soil fertility. This also increases water retention in the soils thus making it better for farming. The trees we are planting continue to get to maturity and in near future they will be ready for timber harvesting. Currently farmers continue to earn income from the prunings as they sale them to DNRC for green charcoal processing. Trees like moringa have gotten to maturity and farmers continue to sale both powder and seeds for income. Once again we say thank you so much and we look forward to continue this noble task.

During the reporting quarter, the major activities included: potting, sawing and transplanting for the tree nursery. In the outreach and training department major activities included: follow ups for planted seedlings recruiting new farmers, planning bio- annual party as well as training on tree management for the newly recruited farmers.

Below are detailed activities during the quarter.

 

The tree nursery:

During the reporting quarter, the major activities in the nursery included: potting, sawing and transplanting. So far we have propagated a total of 65,000 against our target of 100,000. The following tree seedlings have been propagated: Mangoes, Acacia polyacantha, Acacia xanthopolea, Acacia geradii, leucean, neem, Tamarindus indica, Taminalia brownii, Senna siemea, senna spectabilis, guavas, pawpaw, zyzgium, gravelia Robusta. (see the attached photo of the nursery.

 

Outreach/Training

During the quarter, major activity was follow up on the new farmer’s farms, and trainings on tree management on farm

Next quarter plan

  • Continue propagating more remaining seedlings.
  • Maintain the already transplanted seedlings.
  • Recruit more farmers.
  • Train the new farmers on tree establishment.  
Apr 16, 2018

moringa to support Kenyan farmers progress report

moringa seedlings in the nursery
moringa seedlings in the nursery

Introduction

Much greetings from DNRC family. We are happy to share with you our quarterly report on Moringa to support Kenyan farmer’s health and wealth creation. Our 600 small holder farmers and the 6 schools we work with continue to benefit from moringa tree products. Farmers continue to use moringa powder as part of their nutrition thus slowly improving their health. As they cannot consume all the leaves at home, they bring the surplus to Dnrc where the powder is sold collectively and they get income. We have good news that we got an order to supply 1000kg to lush for oil, so the farmers are really benefiting from this order. Since they are paid for the seeds on delivery, it’s a reward since when we were planting moringa were not so much aware it was such a nice investment. Farmers are now vindicated for embracing diversity of trees. We say thank you so much for your continued financial support which has enabled us to constantly continue supporting our farmers on this project. The moringa project continue to impact on our social strengthening as farmer’s plant moringa together. Also, moringa being an agro forest tree, it continues to play a role in the ecological processes out there in the farm. During the quarter, major activities in this project included: individual farmer visits for moringa tree management, harvesting seeds, Maintaining the few moringa seedlings in the tree nursery

Below are detailed activities on the same.

Maintaining moringa seedlings

Our major planting season being November- December, during the quarter, our tree nursery personnel was majorly involved in taking care of the few moringa seedlings which remained after issuance in the last quarter. Specific activities included weeding and watering.

Outreach and training

Our training personnel was involved in training farmers majorly on pruning of moringa trees for more productivity as well as easy harvesting.

As now seeds are on demand, the outreach personnel was also actively mobilizing farmers to harvest and bring seeds for weighing, recording and payments

Focus for next quarter

Continue harvesting moringa seeds

Train farmers more on moringa planting and maintenance

Propagation of more moringa seedlings

Moringa seeds brought from farmers for sale
Moringa seeds brought from farmers for sale
a farmer being paid for  his moringa seeds
a farmer being paid for his moringa seeds
Mar 26, 2018

NUTRITION THROUGH FOOD FOREST AND GARDENS REPORT

tree nursery after issuing the seedlings
tree nursery after issuing the seedlings

INTRODUCTION

Receive warm greetings from all of us in DNRC. We hope that you’re health and in good spirits as you go about your daily business. During this quarter, the main activities were mainly planning for the year 2018, replanting vegetable gardens in DNRC, replanting DNRC food forest and propagating more seedlings after issuing the ready seedlings in October-December Rains. We issued to the 600 farmers over 80,000 seedlings during the rains. Some of the fruits for food forests included Guavas, citrus, mangoes, pawpaws, tamarindus indica, tree tomato, mulberry, avocados, zyzium and vitex payos .This quarter we got good rains so we did a lot of planting both in DNRC gardens and the demonstration food forest. Below are detailed activities accomplished during the reporting quarter?

Propagation and maintenance of food forest seedlings in the nursery.

During the quarter, we started propagating more seedlings for both food forest and also for woodlots after issuing over 80,000 seedlings to the farmers who planted during November –December 2017 rains. After issuing the seedlings few ones were left so during the quarter we also tended them. (See attached picture).

DNRC vegetable gardens

During this reporting quarter, we were busy replanting DNRC green houses with vegetables and also around the office. (See attached pictures).DNRC provides meals for the staff and so the vegetables are used for this purpose and extra is sold for income.

DNRC food forest

DNRC demo. food forest continue to mature and we continue to harvest some fruits such as passion, pawpaw and tubers such a cassava and sweet potatoes. During the quarter, we replanted the food forest with cover crops as well as tending it. (See attached picture).

Challenges

The main DNRC challenge still remain water. There is need for sustainable water source as s the nearby river dry’s shortly after the rains and we have to scoop the sand to fetch water for nursery.

Focus for the next quarter

  • To continue seedling propagation to expand the food forests and woodlots
  • To continue training farmers and follow ups to the farmers individual farms
  • Expanding the vegetable gardens
DNRC food forest march 2018
DNRC food forest march 2018
DNRC green house vegetables
DNRC green house vegetables
DNRC office vegetables which act as flower & food
DNRC office vegetables which act as flower & food
 
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