Kenya – Ikinu 2

Stephen Muhindi Murimi

Lead Technician - Ikinu 2

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.

General Information

Year Started:

2016

# Farmers in Project:

177

% of Female and Male Participants:

Male: 35%; Female: 65%

Current Project Phase:

Diversification

Number of trainings since beginning of project:

12

Ikinu 2 At A Glance

354,821


Total Trees Planted

891


Total Indirect Beneficiaries

71


Total Hectares Planted in Forest Gardens

What We’ve Grown Since the Start of Ikinu 2

Timber Trees

Vitexkeniesis, Acrocarpus flaxinofolius, Markahamia lutea, Jacaranda mimosofila, Spathodesa campanulata, Cordia africana, Grevellia robusta

Vegetables

Spinach, Capsicum, Kales, Coriander

Fruits

Papaya, Tree tomato, Passion fruits

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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

Grafting

Composting

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 Murimi

Lead Technician - Ikinu 2
Stephen Muhindi Murimi is a 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 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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