Advance # 14217A
Empowering landholders to improve income and nutrition through organic farming
Background / History
Many families abandoned the little land they had because they thought it was too small for any economic gain. Therefore, poverty was widespread in most households. Many agencies are still giving relief to the communities.
The project now empowers these people by demonstrating how more food and income can be realized by optimum utilization of land using bio-intensive farming methods. These simple organic and natural techniques, which are in harmony with nature, improve soil structure.
Through using organic farming methods, the local communities are now able to produce enough nutritious food for their families and are now able to produce an additional income through the sale of the crops.
Goals & Objectives
1. To integrate dairy farming with other activities. For example, use Biogas to generate energy for cooking, lighting in rural communities to subsidize high costs of electricity, gas, and, paraffin as well as to avoid use of firewood and use of bio-slurry to improve kitchen gardens.
2. To continue providing practical organic farming training both at the center and in the field stations.
3. To offer technical support to other Methodist agriculture training centers in Tharaka, Ribe, Ndoleli, and Rika.
1. a.) Finalize partnership with Biogas International so as to set up a demonstration of Biogas and bio-slurry.
b.) Buy more cows, goats, and pigs.
2. a) Create training programs for the center and for extension stations.
b.) Install a greenhouse and drip irrigation systems.
c.) Dispose of our old van and buy a new one so as to provide efficient transport services for the center and field outreaches.
3. a.) Make periodic visits for technical advice and support.
b.) Exchange visits between the centers.
Farmers and landowners in the community will: 1- Adopt the use of organic fertilizers and pesticides. 2- Increase their knowledge of safe use and disposal of chemicals (and the side effects of chemicals for those using them). 3- More efficiently utilize the land for maximum production to increase income. 4- Accept the use of goat milk, particularly for children under five years of age. 5- Increase immunity for children with HIV-AIDS using goat milk.
6- Expand general knowledge for the protection of our environment.
1- Increased income from the use of the training facilities; 2- Regular or frequent seminars at the center due to improved facilities; 3- Community demand for establishment of more "Farmer Field Schools"; 4- More children enrolled in school due to increased family income.
Budget & Financial Information
|Annual Advance Financial Goal
|Local Financial Support
|Sale of Old Van
|Greenhouse and Drip Irrigation System
|Water Harvesting and Supply
|Travel Costs to Field Stations
|Livestock: Cow, goats, and picks
|Salaries for Staff
- Agricultural Vehicles
- Agriculture Education, Farming, Gardening, Environment Education
- Agriculture/Farming, Food Production/Processing, Environment/Sustainable Development
- Animals: Husbandry, Livestock, Poultry, Fish/Pisciculture, Hatcheries
- Community Development and Meeting Basic Needs
- Disabled/Handicapped and Special Needs
- Economic Development, Small Business, Microenterprise, Micro-lending/Micro-credit, Income-generation
- Elderly/Older Adults/Aged/Senior Citizens
- Environment and Efficiency
- Persons With Low-Income, Unemployed, or Poor
- Plants: Horticulture, Gardening, Agroforestry, Agroprocessing, Vegetables, Fruits, Irrigation
- Rural Populations
- Rural Poverty
- Teenage Mothers
- Trades, Vocations, Technical programs, Cottage Industries, Artisan/Handicrafts
- Urban Poverty
- Urban/Inner City Populations
- Youth and Young Adults