Kenya – Homa Bay

Ben Oucho

Lead Technician - Homa Bay

About The Project

Homa Bay is located along the south shore of Lake Victoria’s Winam Gulf. The county covers an area of 3,183.3 sq km with a population of about 963,794 people. It is located about 420 km west of Nairobi and 105 km south of Kisumu City.

The Luo and Abasuba people are the dominant communities in Homa Bay, making up at least 95% of the county’s population.

Fishing is the most important activity in the county with over 18,300 people and 3,600 families engaged in it. The main types of fish harvested include Nile perch, tilapia and clarias. The county has 151 landing beaches managed by 133 beach management units (BMUs). However, the county faces a challenge of declining stock of fish in Lake Victoria, drying up of waterways and worsening weather conditions.

Homa Bay County is characterized by a rapidly growing population, high population density, falling food production, and low resilience to climate change. The combined effects of climate change and rapid population growth are increasing food insecurity, environmental degradation, and poverty levels in the county. The county is also suffering above average rates of HIV/AIDS which currently affect one in every three households. Many health and development non-profit organizations have worked in the County due to this crisis.

The livelihoods of most county residents depend on fisheries and rain-fed small-scale farming, practices that are highly vulnerable to environmental degradation and the effects of climate change. Rapid population growth places enormous pressure on natural and environmental resources such as fisheries, forests, water, and land. Already scarce resources such as fisheries and farmland must be subdivided among more people, resulting in overexploitation. Fish stocks are dwindling due to overfishing and changing water temperatures, and people living in lowlands are frequently displaced due to flooding. As the county’s population increases, these pressures on resources will be magnified.

The Forest Garden project will help to mitigate the effects of conventional farming practices including malnutrition and poor soils and harvests.

General Information

Year Started:

2018

# Farmers in Project:

510

% of Female and Male Participants:

41% Female, 59% Male

Current Project Phase:

Mobilization

Number of trainings since beginning of project:

0

Homa Bay At A Glance

0


Total Trees Planted

4,276


Total Indirect Beneficiaries

0


Total Hectares Planted in Forest Gardens

What We’ve Grown Since the Start of Homa Bay

Timber Trees

Fodder Trees

Vegetables

Crops

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The Training We’ve Provided Since the Start of Homa Bay

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Benefits for Farmers

The Farmers will learn to diversify their farmland production to avoid over-reliance on dairy farming. Their income will be higher due to reduction of expenses incurred - especially in purchase of dairy concentrations. Their herds will be healthier and will increase milk production due to the protein-rich fodder from the Forest Garden trees. The farmers will learn environmentally-friendly methods of farming which will eventually lead to sustainability of their production. Family nutrition will improve from the fresh produce obtained from the forest garden and the higher income. The nutrient-depleted and acidic soils will improve from the increasingly dense vegetation and tree cover, offering better, more consistent harvests.

Meet Our Lead Technician

Ben Oucho

Lead Technician - Homa Bay
Mr. Oucho has a diploma in forestry management and extension services. He has worked as a field extension officer for local communities to organize and train farmer groups. He also worked as an estate manager for a private social investment group in Homa Bay where he oversaw the preparation and management of a timber plantation, improving processing and infrastructure as well as initiatives such as honey production. He also has training and experience in field surveys, tree nursery establishment and health development programs.

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