DRYLANDS NATURAL RESOURCES CENTER (DNRC) PROGRESSIVE REPORT FOR SEPT-NOV. 2015 Introduction Receive much greetings from DNRC family. We want to say thank you so much for your continued support which is enabling us to continue implementing DNRC goal of promoting sustainable development of Natural Resources of the dryland regions of Kenya in order to being improved livelihoods of marginalized communities and people living there. Our model of improving the environment, social welfare and economical empowerment is slowly shaping up as we are getting success stories from our 450 farmers we are working with. Farmers are already getting fruits from the old trees, selling moringa power from moringa leaves, firewood, poles and the microclimate is changing with stories of more rains than before and the region becoming cooler as well. This quarter we were mainly working on issuing tree seedlings to the farmers to plant because it’s a rainy season. We managed to issue over 50,000 seedlings to the farmers and of different species mainly for fodder, fruits, fuel, timber, conservation and for medicine. During this 3 months period, the following activities took place. Tree Nursery The main activities in our tree nursery were to maintain and issue tree seedlings to the farmers to plant. We issued over 50,000 seedlings to our 450 farmers and six schools we are working with in the area. Farmers have now planted and so far the seedlings are doing great because this time round we have been blessed with good rains.(See attached pictures)
Training/ Outreach program During the quarter, DNRC staff mainly helped the schools to prepare and plant trees in the compound (establish food forests).This quarter we recruited 3 more schools making a total of 6 schools (4 Primary and 2 Secondary Schools).They were also trained on how to tend and take care of young tree seedlings (see attached pictures)
Other activities We established swales in DNRC site to harvest rain water for our farms and also for demonstration to the farmers to emulate in their individual farms.( see attached pictures)
Limited water supply during the dry spell
Transport of the seedlings for the farmers to their individual farms.
Introduction. Greetings from all of us from DNRC family. We say thank so much for your continued support through global giving. Because of your continued support and partnership, DNRC continue to better serve our 430 small scale farmers. The impact slowly building up. More than 400,000 different and local tree species have been planted in the region. The farmers are already getting some income from the planted trees especially Moringa oleifera, fruits and firewood from branches of the older trees. The microclimate is continue to change and the crop yields are increasing due to less erosion, more water retention, organic matter build up and increased humidity from evapotraspiration from the trees. The community is more strengthened more than before as they see how much they can achieve together than working alone. Thank you again. Wishing you well, all of you in whatever you do. The following activities took place during this quarter in our different departments.
The Tree Nursery The set target for the year is to propagate 55,000 diversified tree seedlings. During the quarter, 39,710 seedlings were propagated; making the accumulated seedlings so to 51,000 seedlings. These seedlings continue to be maintained in the nursery till October – Dec when the farmers will be issued to plant in their individual farms.
Farmer’s training/ outreach program. During the quarter, the outreach staff continued to train the farmers and mainly on trees focusing more on food forest/woodlots. Farmers continue to prepare for the forth coming tree planting season which is during this Oct-Dec rains. DNRC outreach staff continued in guiding them in the holes preparation and treatment. One more primary school was recruited during the quarter and is expected to start their food forest/woodlot this coming rainy season. This makes the total schools working with DNRC to 4 schools. (2 Secondary and 2 Primary schools).
Bi- Annual Party. During this quarter the farmers met at DNRC site to celebrate our Bi- annual party. Each year the farmers come together twice to cook and eat together as they share their experiences and encourage each other as they work together to regenerate their environment, strengthen their social fabric and improve their economical wellbeing. The event saw a lot of activities including skits, poems, speeches and traditional dances all with the theme of tree planting.
Challenges • Limited water for our expanding nursery and this being our driest time of the year we are spending more finances on water provision. Focus for the next quarter • Maintain the tree nursery and propagate more to attain our 55,000 seedlings target. • Farmer follow- ups on tree hole preparation and manuring. • Planning for the end of year farmers get together.
Challenges • Limited water for our expanding nursery and this being our driest time of the year we are spending more finances on water provision.
Focus for the next quarter • Maintain the tree nursery and propagate more to attain our 55,000 seedlings target. • Farmer follow- ups on tree hole preparation and manuring. • Planning for the end of year farmers get together.
The following are the main activities achieved during this quarter.
The Tree nursery.
During this quarter we were able to propagate 14,350 different tree seedlings making a total of 25, 460 seedlings propagated since Jan this year. This is on target of propagating approximately 55,000 seedlings by the end of the year. Labeling of the tree species in the nursery was also done during the quarter.
Farmer’s training / Outreach program
During the quarter, 213 farmers were trained on gapping and introduction to food forest establishment. 29 farmers and 2 secondary schools were visited at their individual farms and advised accordingly.
Bi- annual party
As part of community regeneration and strengthening social capital; DNRC farmers come together twice per year to eat, share and have fun together. The bi-annual party this quarter took place on 12th of June 2015. Almost all the 430 farmers attended the function and was very successful. Famers had fun, shared ideas and interacted with each other thus strengthening the social fabric. Many visitors including government officials in charge of Kenya Forest service in the County attended the function.
Focus for Next Quarter.
Continue to propagate more seedlings in the nursery and general maintenance
Continue training farmers and focus on preparation for planting next season
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