Kenya

Kenya

Agriculture dominates Kenya’s economy. 15–17% of Kenya’s total land area has sufficient fertility and rainfall to be farmed, primarily in the southern central and western areas of the country.

The government of Kenya is currently working with public and private stakeholders to reach their target of 10% tree cover for the country – a large increase from the current 6.2%. Critical in meeting this goal is agroforestry. Our Forest Garden Projects which plant trees on farms, will not only contribute to this massive landscape initiative, but help smallholder farming families improve sustainable farming practices and increase their food security.

About Kenya

Population:

45,546,000

Percent below poverty line:

46%

Percent reliance on agriculture:

75%

Kenya Projects

Our Work

Year started:

2014

Project families:

484

Funded projects:

2

Acres in Forest Gardens:

463

Meet The Kenya Team

Peter Kingori

Lead Technician - Ikinu 1
Peter Kingori is the Ikinu project Lead Technician. He has appreciated trees from a young age. When he was in primary school, Peter initiated a project to have each student in his school plant 6 trees each, so that over 7,200 trees were eventually planted around the school compound. Peter was officially recognized by the school for his contribution years later when timber from these trees were used to roof the classrooms and provide new chairs and desks for all of the students.

Peter is a bachelor of science graduate with a emphasis in social sciences and vast experience in community and social work. He has immense leadership and community mobilization skills. Peter is also a trained trainer of trainers and has proved to be a great resource in the training modules to the participating farmers of the TREES project. Peter has a deep love and knowledge in environmental matters and he is an advocate of a safe and healthy planet through environmental conservation campaigns and thus a fitting personality in advancing the forest garden concept as a means to deliver humankind from poverty and poor health.

Stephen Muhindi Murimi

Lead Technition - Ikinu 2
Stephen Muhindi Murimi is a graduate teacher by training and has taught the sciences in various high schools in Kenya and elsewhere. Stephen helped to open the first high school in Warrap State in post-war South Sudan, heading the chemistry and agriculture departments.

He has also worked in agricultural extension for many years with local farmers. Stephen helped to train coffee farmers in Ndumberi, just north of Nairobi, on important agroforestry techniques which allowed many of them to become certified through UTZ (Netherlands), Fair Trade (USA) and Rainforest Alliance (USA). Stephen appreciates trees beyond his work – he marks most events in his life by planting trees. He has trees that marked his last day in primary school, high school, and university and special events such as births.