Forestry Training & Finance for 600 Farms in Kenya

by Drylands Natural Resources Centre
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INTRODUCTION

Greetings from Drylands Natural Resources Centre (DNRC) family. We continue to say thank you so much for your continued and generous support you continue to accord our projects. Your support is enabling us to work with now 500 families (5,000 people) in the drylands of Kenya to improve their economical status, improve their environment and strengthen their social fabric as the work together. We are realizing positive impacts since we started up to now. The first trees are big enough and have formed canopy and the microclimate is improving. The farmers are saying now the region is raining more and its cooler compared to when the project had not started.

 As we prune the branches as part of the management of the bigger trees, the families have enough firewood and extra to sell for income. Moringa trees we planted are big enough to produce seeds and leaves for income. The farmers are bringing the leaves at DNRC for processing into the powder and hence making money. We are on the process of looking for ways to start extracting moringa oil for domestic use and sale for income. Some of the fruit trees have started producing like the papaws and so the food and nutrition insecurity is slowly being addressed. As the environment and economical aspects improve, the farmers are slowly realizing that when alone you can realize little but together you realize more. As you support us, we also encourage in case you get a chance, you visit us to see the positive impacts and we build more relationships. The following are more details of the activities which took place during the quarter.

Tree Nursery Program

The goal of this year is to propagate 60,000 plus tree seedlings of different varieties and uses .We plan to plant at least 30 different species for biodiversity, wildlife and diversified income opportunities. During this quarter, we have propagated 45000 seedlings. We also continued the normal activities in the nursery including sowing, transplanting and soil preparation and maintaining the already existing tender seedlings.

Farmers training/outreach program

During the quarter, DNRC training and outreach staff was involved in training the groups on tree management as well as recruiting more farmers. She management to mobilize and recruit 50 more new farmers and we are in the process of inducting them to our programs.

Farmers bi-annual get together.

 To strengthen and build the community, we have included in our programs farmers day where they come, eat, dance and share their experiences. On, 10th June 2016, we had our get-together which went on very well with over farmers attending and the area government officials joining us. The occasion was full of celebrations as the farmers presented educational skits, poems and songs with tree planting themes.

 Main Challenge

We have the challenge of transport of our extension officer and also an extra staff to be able to effectively train and reach the now 500 farmers.

 Focus for next quarter

 To continue propagating more tree seedlings to meet our year target of 60,000.

To train the newly recruited farmers and the others on tree management and planting

Introduction

Greetings from DNRC family. We continue to smoothly implement our social, economic and environmental activities because of your faithful support. We say thank you so much for partnering with us in our mission of promoting sustainable development of natural resources of the drylands region of Kenya in order to bring about improved livelihoods of peoples living there. In the last 3 months, we continued to implement different activities at our tree Nursery program, training/outreach program and administration program. The highlights is that through outreach program, we were able to recruit more 50 farmers, propagated 35,000 tree seedlings and trained 500 farmers on tree pruning. Below are detailed activities accomplished during the 3 months period in both the nursery and training and outreach programs.

Tree Nursery program

Our target for the year is to propagate 60,000 diversified tree seedlings which are both indigenous and high value exotic trees. Besides continuous watering of the existing tree seedlings, the nursery team potted and raised 35,000 tree seedlings during the quarter. (See attached pictures of the same)

Training / outreach program

This program entails, recruiting, training and follow ups of the small scale farmers we are working with. During the 3 months period, we recruited 50 new farmers, making a total of 500 current farmers working with DNRC. The farmers were trained in sustainable tree pruning for firewood and green charcoal production. (See attached pictures). The farmers have been actively involved in planning the bi-annual get together scheduled to take place on 10/06/2016.

Challenges

Dry season starting hence water problem for the tree nursery. We are digging shallow well to help solve this problem.

Focus the next quarter

  • Watering the existing tree seedlings
  • Potting and propagating more tree seedlings
  • Training of new and old farmers on different tree management and planting as they prepare to plant trees on October-December rainy season.

INTRODUCTION

Greetings from all of us from DNRC family. We are humbled to express our sincere gratitude for your continued support through global giving which has enabled us to plant over 500,000 trees with 430 small scale farmers over the last 7 years. Farmers continue to enjoy early benefits of their planted trees such as sale of moringa powder and firewood.We are on the process of starting to process green charcoal (eco-charcoal) from the pruned tree branches and packaging it for sale. The impacts of annual growing trees continue to be clear to the farmers and to the community. There is a growing voice that the community is now receiving more rains because of the trees. The farmers are so proud to be part of this environmental regeneration and realizing that together they can do so much. Others who were not sure of the project now want to join after convinced it is working. Thanks again for all your support.

The following activities took place during the quarter.

The tree nursery

This year we target to propagate 60,000 trees of at least 25 different species. Most of activities in the tree nursery during the quarter included potting and sowing seeds in the beds. (See the attached picture of potting going on).

Farmers training/outreach program

During the quarter, most of the work was field visits to follow up on the last season planted tree seedlings and especially to the three new primary schools which are newly to the project. The 11 groups were visited and advised accordingly. This past rainy season alone they have planted over 45,000 tree saplings. Formal training of the group also continued during the quarter. (See attached picture of one of the trainings)

End of the year party.

The farmers had a come together party for the year on 18th of December 2015. They come together twice per year to celebrate and entertain themselves, share their issues and their experiences as they work towards improving the environment, strengthening their social fabric and economic empowerment. The party also focuses on the key cultural issues which DNRC promotes such as the Kamba traditional dance, baskets and carvings (See attached party picture)

Challenges

Fetching water from the drying river with the donkeys causes extra labor, time and cost so need for reliable water at the site. As a permanent solution,we have started digging shallow well on site.

Focus for the next quarter

  • Continue potting, sawing, and transplanting seedlings with the aim of meeting the 60,000 target.
  • Make follow ups and trainings of the 11 groups we work with.
  • Plan for the bi-annual party
  • Recruiting more farmers.

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.
  • Focus For the Next Quarter.
  • End of year get-together with the farmers.
  • Preparing work plans for next year




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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.


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Drylands Natural Resources Centre

Location: Nairobi - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​www.dnrckenya.org
Project Leader:
Nicholas Syano
Nairobi, Kenya
$36,424 raised of $60,000 goal
 
 
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