Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
Forestry Training & Finance for 800 Farms in Kenya
DNRC Main Tree nursery
DNRC Main Tree nursery

INTRODUCTION

We hope this report finds you well despite very hard economic times posed by Covid- 19 pandemic as well as negative impacts of climate change which continue to affect the whole world. We are not an exception and we are experiencing consecutive failed rains leading severe drought for both human and livestock. DNRC remain focused to continue implementing her objectives of community environmental, social and economical regeneration. On environmental regeneration, we have made milestones with the farmers and schools we have been working with. The trees continue to grow thus increasing the coverage of micro climate as well as maturing for timber and non timber products. Currently a number of farmers have confessed how they have made money from selling timber. As they harvest timber, they also get a lot of firewood for their household energy and sale the extra to DNRC for income through DNRC green charcoal project. DNRC continues to propagate more diverse seedlings so that the farmers can continue planting more trees thus slowly mitigating the effects of climate change and drought. DNRC farmers still continue to earn income from sale of moringa seeds and moringa leave powder to our local and international market. The community is more united than before as they continue to work as a team to solve loss of livelihoods, drought and climate change challenges.

During the reporting quarter, we continued to propagate different tree species for our diverse tree nursery so as to meet our target. We were also busy training and doing individual farmer follow ups for hole preparations as we wait for our long rains which we expect towards the end of this month. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC Tree nursery

During this reporting quarter, DNRC nursery staff were busy propagating the targeted number of diverse seedlings which include: Gravelia, Melia vonkensii, Mangoes, Senna siemea, Senna Spectabilis, leuceana, lemon, Avocado, Pomegranate, Guavas, Cyprus, Gmelia, kingelia, pawpaw, Eucalyptus camandulenses, Neem, mulberry, whistling pine, balanites., Jerusalem thorn, Zambarau, e.t.c  Other major activities during the reporting quarter included; Potting, watering, top dressing, root pruning, tree pest and disease control.

DNRC training and outreach program

During this reporting quarter, DNRC outreach and training personnel were busy mobilising and sensitizing our 800 smallholder farmers working with DNRC on proper hole preparations for increased seedling survival and sustainable management of the existing trees. We were also busy training and doing follow ups of our 18 schools we are working with on environmental regeneration through woodlots establishment and food forests.

Challenges

During the report quarter, we have experience a major challenge on water to sustain the tree seedlings in the nursery. We have always relied on the seasonal river around and since rains have failed, the water dried long time. This being our driest period of the year, we have had to buy water very expensive to sustain the nursery.

Plan for the next quarter

  • Finalize pricking out of some seedlings still in the nursery beds.
  • General management of the seedlings in the nursery as they await to be issued to the farmers.
  • Issue seedlings to the farmers immediately the rains come.

 

 

farmer group being trained at DNRC tree nursery
farmer group being trained at DNRC tree nursery
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DNRC Tree Nursery
DNRC Tree Nursery

INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). Once more we are happy to share with us the progress report on forestry training and finance for the last three months. DNRC has constantly strived to achieve her goals of environmental regeneration, community regeneration and economic development. With covid- 19 subsiding, we were able to resume our activities and we are happy to share our progress so far. Despite the effects of climate change which for the last one year have led to failed or not enough rainfall, we still continue to propagate and plant more trees within our communities. The earlier trees are mature and because they have created microclimates, the young trees being planted have increased survival rates due to the cool climate around. Therefore DNRC continue to propagate more diverse seedlings in the nursery and we continue to plant more woodlots with the farmers and the schools. Older farmers continue to benefit from the older trees as they now have enough firewood and extra to sell for income.  Timber trees are mature and farmers are benefiting from sale of timber and poles. Other trees like moringa oleifera constantly continue to give farmers continued income from sale of Moringa seeds and leaves. As all these trees grow, they continue to build the soils thus improving soil fertility too hence increased crop and livestock yield. The community continue to be organized and farmers are able to come together, share experience and solve their own social, economical and environmental challenges.

During this reporting quarter, we were busy propagating different tree species, potting, transplanting and general nursery management. We were also busy mobilizing farmers for preparation of farmer’s bi- annual get together and our normal trainings.

Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC TREE NURSERY

During the reporting quarter, DNRC personnel were busy propagating diverse seedlings to meet our annual plan of 100,000 seedlings. Major activities included; seed sowing, pricking out and general nursery management. During the reporting quarter, the following tree species were propagated; Mangoes, gravelia Robusta, neem, eucalyptus camandulensis, cypress, causeries, avocado, k- apple, Balanites, mulberry, ornamentals, Acacia tortilis e.t.c. The nursery personnel was also busy with general management of the nursery which included: watering, weeding and top dressing of seedlings.

DNRC TRAINING AND OUTREACH PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, DNRC outreach and training personnel were busy training farmers majorly on woodlot management and doing individual farm follows-ups; giving necessary advice. Another major activity was preparation of the bi- annual farmers get together which took place in 10th June 2022.

CHALLENGES.

  • Water problem due to failed rain and lack of permanent water source at DNRC.

 

 

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • To continue propagating more seedlings to meet our annual targets
  • Continue mobilizing and training farmers in readiness for October-December rains planting.
DNRC Farmers Bi-Annual Get-Together
DNRC Farmers Bi-Annual Get-Together
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school chidren picking trees
school chidren picking trees

INTRODUCTION

We hope this reports finds all of us well. Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) wish to share with us our progress report for the last three months on forestry training and finance. We have continued to work with our 800 small scale farmers and 12 schools towards achieving our goals of Community regeneration, economic empowerment and environmental regeneration. Despite the prolonged covid -19 protocols, we managed to reach most of our farmers in smaller groups and mostly at individual level. In a small way, we continue to mitigate and adapt to climate change, through diverse tree planting among the 800 small holder farmers. The trees also continue to create micro climates and slowly build the soils as through their litter. DNRC since inception has focused on this and continues to plant as many trees as possible with the community both for environmental regeneration, economic improvement and community strengthening. Many trees grown by the farmers are mature and farmers continue to benefit from them through firewood from prunings, poles and timber. Other mature trees such as moringa continue to produce seeds which farmers sell for income. As the farmers work together in tree planting and other activities, they are getting closer, more caring and thus more strengthened sense of community. During this reporting quarter, the following activities were achieved: farmer’s trainings and follow ups, farmers get together party, propagation and maintenance of seedlings and farmer’s tree saplings issuance. Below are the detailed activities during this reporting quarter.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the three month period, DNRC tree nursery personnel were busy maintaining the already propagated seedlings which included: Mangoes, paw paws, guavas, mulberry, zygium, avocado, eucalyptus, gravellia, and leucena, citrus, croton, Terminalia brownii, Terminalia indica, banalities, banana passion, sweet yellow passion, kigelia, acacia polyantha and Jerusalem thorn. Over 50, 000 of these diverse tree seedlings where issued to the farmers, schools and over 10,000 seedlings sold to none members but coming from the larger community. The team also worked in soil potting to start propagation for the New Year 2022 target.

DNRC TRAININGS AND OUTREACH PROGRAM

DNRC outreach personnel continued to train farmers mostly on forest establishment and expansion for both new and old farmers respectively. They also worked on tree seedlings issuance to the farmers for the October-December rains. They also did farmers follows and on farm trainings.

BI-ANNUAL FARMERS’ PARTY

Every year DNRC hosts two bi-annual parties for the farmers to strengthen social fabric and celebrate their achievements. The farmers contribute for the meals and selected few from each of the 15 groups come to cook and serve the rest of the farmers. After the meal, they share experiences as they dance local music and perform skits and poems related to tree planting. This year’s bi-annual party was held during this quarter and went on very well.

 

CHALLENGES

The biggest challenge was water because the rains were delayed and the river we scoop sand to fetch the water became impossible to scoop further and had to purchase water for the tree nursery which was very expensive.

FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue propagating more seedlings to meet 2022 target of 80,000 seedlings
  • Tree seedling watering and maintenance.
  • Farmers trainings and follow ups
farmers picking tree seedlings
farmers picking tree seedlings
farmers party
farmers party
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DNRC farmer in her 4 year old woodlot
DNRC farmer in her 4 year old woodlot

INTRODUCTION

We hope this report finds all of us well and safe from the Covid-19 pandemic. We are happy to share with us our quarterly progress report on forestry training and finance project. Despite the setbacks of covid-19, DNRC has managed to continue with her activities. Thanks to you all for making this possible through your generous donations through GlobalGiving. In the last 3 months, DNRC continued to work with our 800 smallholder farmers and 12 schools mainly on trainings and follows up, summit meetings, sourcing of moringa seeds and leaves from our farmers for sale to different customers including export and propagation of diverse different tree species in our tree nursery. These saplings are planned to be issued to our farmers and schools during this October-December rains.

Note our community engagement is a long term one for we believe development is continuous and doesn’t have to have timeline. Our long term objectives of environmental regeneration, community strengthening and economic development and sustainability guide our work. Our tree program meet these objectives. For example the many trees we have continued to grow; the older ones have formed canopies and continue to increase in biomass for different uses like timber. The leaves they shade continue to improve the soil biology and the vegetation cover has reduced soil erosion and increased water retention.

As the community continue to train and plant trees together, they are strengthening social fabric and thus strengthening the community togetherness which has a long term effects on our future projects successes. Once you get social aspect right, it becomes easy to implement any project.

In terms of our economic development, the older trees and especially moringa, farmers and schools are harvesting the seeds and leaves for sale. Also from prunnings farmers are benefiting from sale of firewood for those who got excess. Firewood was one of the main reason we started tree planting program and now our farmers are firewood secure and selling extra for income. Below are detailed activities achieved during this reporting period.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, the nursery staff were busy propagating different tree seedlings and maintenance of the already germinated ones. A total of 27,000 tree seedlings were propagated and included and not limited to: Moringa oleifera, citrus, mangoes, avocados, acacias, sena siemea, balanites, crotons and leucena. This year we had targeted 80,000 seedlings and so far we have about 72,000 diverse tree species which will be ready for issuance when the rains start this month.

OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAM

During this reporting quarter, the outreach staff were majorly involved in trainings and follow ups to make sure farmers are ready for planting more trees. All the 14 groups were visited and were trained in whole farm design and dryland strategies and especially in hole preparations. We also held 6 summit meetings for updates, party preparations and new projects deliberations. Summit comprises of leaders of the 14 groups and teachers representative who meet with DNRC management and training and outreach team to guide smooth running of our activities. We were also able to source 1000kg of moringa seeds for sale during the quarter.

CHALLENGES

Water remains a major challenge especially during the dry seasons

NEXT QUARTER

  • Famers annual get together
  • Tree seedlings issuance
  • Farmers follow ups on the planted tree seedlings
DNRC staff training farmers on farm
DNRC staff training farmers on farm
DNRC mega tree nursery
DNRC mega tree nursery

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INTRODUCTION

Much greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC). We hope this report finds all of us well despite the challenges posed by the current world pandemic; Covid – 19. We are thankful that we are managing to operate during this challenging period where most organizations shut down. This is possible because of your kind and continuous support. God bless. As we send you this progress report, we are thankful for your support which is enabling us to work towards achieving our main goals of environmental regeneration, community regeneration/strengthening and economic development. By training our 800 farmers and planting diverse dryland tree species, our farmers are getting tangible benefits including and not limited to; constant supply of firewood in the house holds, income from sale of extra firewood and other tree products like moringa powder and seeds, increased vegetation cover thus boosting soil building and soil fertility as well as biodiversity. As time goes by, the canopies continue to grow big and the micro climates continue to enlarge slowly by slowly. This makes the area cooler and that’s favourable for crop production and in the event of insufficient rains, the crops manage to yield. During this reporting quarter, the following activities took place: Propagation of different tree species, potting, general tree nursery management, training and individual farmer follow ups. Below are detailed activities during the reporting quarter.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, DNRC staff in charge of the nursery were busy putting up nursery beds for different tree species as well as transplanting the same into plant pots. The diverse tree species included: Mangoes, citrus, lemon, passion, leucena, Jerusalem thorn, gravelia, Robusta, guavas, eucalyptus, pawpaw, avocado, mull berry etc. Other activities in the nursery included: potting, watering, weeding, tree root pruning and general tree nursery management.

OUTREACH AND TRAINING

During the reporting quarter, DNRC training and outreach personnel were busy training and doing individual farmer follow ups. The trainings majorly focused on general woodlot management with sustainable tree pruning. The march rains have failed thus farmers have not been able to gap as expected. Our mid-year party which normally takes place in June has been affected by the corona pandemic but we continue to mobilize farmers to continue preparing for the same hoping the pandemic will slow down and allow us to carry on the party. We introduced kitchen gardens to our farmers as way of increasing nutrition for the covid- 19 adaptation and mitigation. During the quarter, the staff were busy visiting individual farmers and helping with the challenges they are facing especially with the pests in the kitchen gardens.

CHALLENGES

  • Failed March-April rains leading to low tree gapping by the farmers.
  • Water as our nursery expand as we propagate more seedlings, more water is needed yet we don’t have water on site and our seasonal river is drying up early due to low March –April rains

 FOCUS FOR NEXT QUARTER

  • Continue propagating more seedlings to meet our target 80,000 seedlings targets.
  • Continue mobilising farmers to prepare for the upcoming party.
  • Training farmers on tree management and sustainable pruning and harvesting.
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