A vegetable farm in Ngoloosi self-help group.
Kakai self-help group demo-farm.
Star ya Thange self help group - Seed bank.
Drought Tolerant Seed distribution at Isunguluni self help group.
Drought Tolerant crops mature for harvest.
Drought tolerant crops surviving despite harsh weather conditions.
Drought tolerant seeds procured from a recognized research institution in Kenya.
It is all green just around the dam.
Terracing slows run off after rains hence soil conservation.
Terracing of farm as a way to retain moisture content.
Farmers preparing compost manure.
One of our main aims is ensure self dependence among communities and restore self dignity eroded over the years by the food aid policy adopted in the past by succesive governments and other aid agencies. We believe that initiating projects that lead to greater food production would be a more sustainable solution than giving food aid every dry season.
The first step towards achieving this goal is the construction of sand dams. The main aim of these is to ensure the availability of water even in the dry period. Water availability near homesteads also frees time as people no longer have to walk long distances for long hours in search of water. The time and energy used on one activity can be directed towards other self empowering activities. It also enables them to engage in irrigation. Groups we work with now irrigate vegetable gardens and the members run their own kitchen gardens.
The second step is training on climate-smart agricultural practices. Seeing as the communities that we work with consist of subsistence farmers, we seek to help make the agricultural practices more sustainable and economically viable.
Our field officers who are deployed in all the regions that we work in train farmers on terracing for water retention curbing soil erosion. The organization then provides farm tools for this activity. The farmers on theier part and under supervision of the field officers, dig the terraces.
Groups are also encouraged to establish tree nurseries in which they plant among others, fruit trees. The seedlings planted on these nurseries are later transferred to their farms and homesteads and they, upon maturity, ensure constant supply of fruits for the families of the self help groups.