About The Project
The area has a high population of peasant farmers whose livelihood is highly dependent on dairy farming and the Forest Garden fits into the dairy farming equation by providing fodder and other products.
Most of the farms have large fractions covered by Napier grass which with time has almost depleted soil fertility and suppressed the growth of other beneficial crops leading to low productivity. The Forest Garden introduces plants that will improve fertility and complement the needs of both the farmer and his domestic animals.
Continuous and prolonged planting of the same type of crops on one piece of land has degraded the soil while excessive fertilizer use has resulted in serious acidity levels in the soil. This is in addition to the fact that most of the farmer’s plots are narrow strips of land that have some level land at the top, but the middle and lower sections are on very steep gradients – further allowing for massive soil runoff.
# Farmers in Project:
% of Female and Male Participants:
Male: 35%; Female: 65%
Current Project Phase:
Number of trainings since beginning of project:
Ikinu 2 At A Glance
Total Trees Planted
Total Indirect Beneficiaries
Total Hectares Planted in Forest Gardens
What We’ve Grown Since the Start of Ikinu 2
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The Training We’ve Provided Since the Start of Ikinu 2
Forest Garden Design
Growing Agroforestry Seedlings
Outplanting Agroforestry Seedlings
Permagardening for the Family
Forest Garden Review and Planning
Growing Fruit Tree Seedlings
Planting Fruit Tree Seedlings
Permagardening for the Market
Pruning and harvesting
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
Stephen Muhindi MurimiLead Technician - Ikinu 2
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 Rain Forest 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.
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