With the myriad issues that plague Chemolingot, Kenya, we felt that growing a food forest (sometimes referred to as a "forest garden") would help address the three biggest problems--infertile land, hunger, and poverty-- in a sustainable and empowering way.
Faced with acute poverty and chronic hunger, the people of Chemolingot in East Pokot Kenya are struggling with low purchasing power and inadequate food supply. Infertile soil and a lack of agricultural know-how have rendered this community unable to grow their own food, making them fully dependent on costly imported foods that sit scarcely in far-away markets.
The Food Forest Project is a comprehensive project that addresses food insecurity in an environmentally sustainable and socially empowering way. Designed on the principles of permaculture, the Project will train participants to create a food production system using resources efficiently, will recondition depleted soil, and will create long-term access & ownership to diverse foods with minimal cost and dependence on externalities.
Enhancing a scarce food supply by introducing an agricultural system that flourishes with a variety of food crops requiring little input, gives community members reliable and sustainable access to food. In the long term, the community will have developed an expertise in maintaining the food forest where high, continuous yields will lead to opportunities to develop social enterprise--a process that we will continue to support and guide.