Combating Climate Change with Agroecology

by Village Volunteers
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology
Combating Climate Change with Agroecology

Dear supporter,

Yes, the world is upside down. It's painful to think of the suffering around the world. It's hard to know how to move forward in a positive way but we supporting farmers yields positive results. 

Today, small to medium farmers are a dying breed. An Important solution to the loss of biodiversity, land degradation, and farmers' livelihood is found in the simple seed and good farming practices.
The Green Revolution in India was considered a milestone for increasing grain production, however, the increase came with a heavy cost. Promoting products from large corporations who donated and then sold carcinogenic pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and genetically modified seeds led to degraded soil, loss of biodiversity, and the small farmer in India being annihilated. This same path pushed by huge multinational corporations is happening in Africa now. We are standing with farmers to resist multinational chemical companies since the answer to small farmers thriving, is land management, seed biodiversity, and the principles of bio-dynamic organic farming. 
The genetically modified seeds that replace indigenous seed claimed to be drought resistant and yield more but at the cost of farmers not being able to buy expensive inputs or save seed to plant as they did for generations. When we lose soil quality, our soils get thirstier and water evaporates easily. Without providing shade and cover to the aquafers, we desertify land. 
We work with Common Ground for Africa and his farmer organization in helping to restore land, set up beehives, plant trees, and set up seed banks for sharing. The multipronged approach works and is providing farmers with a future.  We are looking forward to more reports and photos of the progress that came from a small grant and those that donated to match the grant. 
A small monthly donation will make a difference. 
Thank you and stay safe. 
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Dear supporter,

Whether it’s articles popping up on your newsfeed or a discussion with friends and coworkers, there is seemingly endless information available to you about climate change. With so much information swirling about and climate catastrophies affecting us all over the world, its hard to get a handle on what we can do as individual citizens of the earth. 

With our 19-year history of promoting sustainability planting trees and adhering to our core values, we are going to continue to to plant moringa trees but also add the focus of Agroecology and Restorative Farming - Simply put, we are committed to the support and training of smallholder farmers to apply ecological principles to their agricultural systems and to restore degraded soil.

In Kenya and in farming communities all over the world. people are having to contend with the profound and accelerating impact of climate change, from drought to flooding, from locusts to crop pests. Since industrial farming is responsible for nearly 30-50% of global greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable food systems are essential to our survival on earth.

We are working with long time partner, Joshua Machinga and Common Ground for Africa (CGA) who promotes smallholder farming, conservation, market based, local economics and entrepreneurship in Kenya. Almost half of Kenya’s extreme poor live in rural villages and lack means and skills to boost their agricultural efforts for their livelihood. Agricultural yields and profits are only a fraction of their potential since the region is full of opportunities for growth, including labor, land and thousands of smallholder farmers who are eager for change.

In breaking down the particulars, it will only costs $45 per household for a beehive that provides a food source and essential pollination of their crops, $20 buys garden tools for a family (machete, spade and hoe), $40 buys 400 tree seedlings and $5 per person in a family to be trained and mentored.

We are still supporting the womens' groups who grow moringa but are compelled to create a holistic program that also works in soil regeneration and drought farming.  CGA  our partner has been working in five Sub Counties of Trans-Nzoia County. It covers an area of 2,496 Km2. The five Sub-Counties are Endebess, Cherangany, Saboti, Kwanza and Kiminini. The sub counties are further sub divided into 39 locations, 63 sub locations and 1,610 Villages.

Thank you for your support in the past. We do hope that you will join us in assisting farmers in their efforts after COVID has had a devastating impact on the well being of this area. 

Thank you! 

Shana Greene

 

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  • eplacing chemical herbicides with farm produced herbal sprays to enhance and enliven crops
  • Replacing chemical pesticides with farming practices that encourage healthy predator / prey balance through plantings
  • Replacing chemical fertilizers with natural farm produced compost to fertilize soil
  • Planting cover crops in the off season, which draws carbon back out of the atmosphere and improves soil vitality and nutrient content
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Dear friends,

I don't know where you live but we are experiencing unprecedented hot weather and a drought is upon us in the US. In Kenya, this has been an ongoing threat to life and health for a while. Around the world, people cut down trees for use in building and casket making, and the limbs are used as firewood. Unless trees are planted to replace the loss, the stripping of trees from the environment creates larger issues.

Trees are not just a resource, but they mean clean air, water, shade and food in Africa. Trees help to conserve soil and water but also reduce the vulnerability of land in drought and climatic stress.

If there is a viable solution, then planting trees is the best. We have been planting moringa trees because they are drought resistant and provide shade and high nutrition food. We may also start planting other drought resistant trees that produce food because we see the need to step up our tree planting and moringa does not grow everywhere.

We thank you for your past donation and always make sure that there is benefit provided for your generosity. It is our intention that we can report back an increase in the health of communities through trees.We believe that a tree planted anywhere helps everyone. 

Thank you,

Taking trees home to families
Taking trees home to families
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While "trees planted anywhere helps everyone" is a statement that seems quite exaggerated, there is simple truth to the statement.

The Moringa Tree Project was created as a sustainable approach to combat poverty, malnutrition and environmental degradation This nutritional rich tree is grown by local people to provide nutrition for their families and communities. Your donations help people in rurual communities plant more trees and bottom line, each one planted helps the environment. 

Trees provide oxygen, improve air quality, cools temperature, conserves water, preserves soil, and supports wildlife. Trees lower the air temperature and reduce the heat intensity of the greenhouse effect by maintaining low levels of carbon dioxide. Trees absorb carbon dioxide and removes and stores carbon while releasing the oxygen back into the air. For one year, a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere and it releases oxygen in exchange.

This project is close to out heart because donations go to planting trees that provide powerful nutrition and that is a sustainable solution to a community challenge.  

Thank you for your past donation. We hope you will consider a small monthly stipend perhaps monthly to help maintain the tree planting movement.

Thank you!.

 

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Thank you for supporting the Moringa Tree Project in the past. It’s been a program that has had its ups and downs. It all depends on climate and farmers as to the success of the moringa tree. Relatively drought resistant, we have had long stretches of draught that took its toll. This is life in programs that planted nurseries without irrigation. We recognize the ebb and flow but support the flow as we are able.

All and all, the moringa trees maintaining and proving that nutrition is key for hunger. The importance of our immune systems and a balanced diet during a pandemic cannot be stressed too much.

The staple in diets is corn. A child may only eat corn porridge morning noon and night. Their diet is sorely lacking in protein which is key for growth and development. Moringa has all the amino acids needed for growth and it can be grown as a crop because it is just the leaves that are used. The seeds and pods are used but if a tree goes to seed, it impacts the leaf growth.

Again, thanks for your help in planting more trees and providing nutrition Even if you can only donate $10 a month, we will be certain to use your donation for the most vulnerable communities who have embraced the miracle moringa tree.

Stay Safe!

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