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

Project Report | Feb 25, 2021
FOREST TRAINING & FINANCE KENYAN FARMERS REPORT

By Nicholas M. Syano | Director & Founder

INTRODUCTION

We hope this report finds all of us well. We are happy to share with you our progress report on forestry training and finance for the last three months. We thank you for your unwavering support even during this covid. Your support continue to enable us to work with the 800 small holder farmers in the drylands of Kenya to improve livelihoods, protect the environment and build communities through tree planting and trainings. Since 2009, we have continued to plant different and multipurpose tree species among smallholder farmers and so far, the first planted trees continue to improve the local microclimate, increase local biodiversity and farmers’ incomes from the sale of timber and non timber products. The community is more organised and the social fabric continue to strengthen as they work together and train together to bring desired outputs and impacts as they envision them and guided by DNRC. Apart from ecosystem services being realized from older planted trees, farmers continue to benefit financially from the sale of Moringa seeds and leave powder, firewood, poles and fruits from the trees. During this reporting quarter, the following activities took place under this project: Tree seedlings issuance to the farmers and schools. Maintenance of the tree nursery, Farmers follows ups to their individual farms and the end of the year get together preparations. Below are the details of these activities.

DNRC TREE NURSERY PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, the nursery staff were busy issuing farmers with ready to plant tree seedlings to plant in their individual farms during October-December rains. A total of 59,000 seedlings were issued to our farmers and 12 schools we work with to plant in their private farms and over 10,000 seedlings issued to other people outside the community. DNRC staff also continued to propagate and take care of smaller tree seedlings in the nursery to be planted in March-April rains.

OUTREACH AND TRAINING PROGRAM

During the reporting quarter, the outreach staff were majorly involved in follow ups to make sure farmers are ready for tree planting. This is by making sure that farmers are preparing holes according to the number of trees they are able to plant during this rain season. All the 14 groups were visited and were trained in dryland tree holes preparations, tree pruning and sustainable harvest of the branches and tree care.

BI-ANNUAL FARMERS GET TOGETHER

Every year, all the 800 farmers meet twice in June and December to share experiences, eat together and also celebrate their achievements together through local songs and dances. So during this reporting quarter, DNRC outreach staff were busy coordinating and mobilising farmers for the end of year farmers get together party which took place in 18th, December 2020 at DNRC grounds. Due to Covid protocols, only representatives of each group were able to physically attend. The government health protocols by then allowed only 200 people gatherings and held in open places. We followed all the health protocols to the latter and had very successful get-together without any cases of Covid in the community.

 

CHALLENGES

  • Permanent water source remain our major challenge especially during the dry seasons
  • Lower funds/resources mainly due to global covid effects on the economy

FOCUS FOR THE NEXT QUARTER

  • Farmers trainings and follow ups
  • Tree seedlings propagation with a target of 80,000 per year
  • Education on covid protocols to our farmers and in the DNRC premises

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Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
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Project Leader:
Nicholas Syano
Nairobi , Kenya
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