Forestry training & finance for 450 farms in Kenya

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Summary

Kenya's drylands are facing high rate of deforestation, more frequent drought, food insecurity and environmental degradation. To compensate for lost yields and income, the inhabitants are cutting down more trees for charcoal burning for sale without planting more trees. We are addressing this vicious cycle by working with the small scale farmers to provide them with appropriate drylands tree seedlings and the support they need to sustainably restore their degraded land
$35,000
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Challenge

Kenya's drylands face high rate of deforestation and the effects are clear in that the closed canopy forests cover is approximately 1.7% of the total land area. The inhabitants are faced with high rate of deforestation, more frequent drought, high poverty, decreasing crop yields and environmental degradation. To compensate for the lost crop and income, the inhabitants continue to cut down more trees for charcoal burning for sale without planting more trees

Solution

This concept is to plant through 450 farmers local and appropriate dryland tree species in phases (yearly) and when they mature; are harvested in a rotational manner for timber and non-timber products and replanting/coppicing again in the harvested phase. This way the inhabitants are sustainably addressing environmental protection, income generation, food security and community regeneration

Long-Term Impact

As the farmers continue to plant more trees within same region, they experience more water retention, better microclimate, less soil erosion, increased yields, income generation from fruits and other tree products. Seasonal rivers and springs which have dried will come back in the long run due to this project.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).

Organization Information

Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.dnrckenya.org
Project Leader:
Daniel Pike
Washington, DC - District of Columbia United States
$35,224 raised of $35,000 goal
 
382 donations
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