Kenya

Kenya

Agriculture dominates Kenya’s economy. 15–17% of Kenya’s total land area has sufficient fertility and rainfall to be farmed. The Kenyan government 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 will not only contribute to this massive landscape initiative, but help smallholder farming families improve sustainable farming practices and increase their food security. We are currently working in two counties in Kenya, Homa Bay County on the border of Lake Victoria and Kiambu County, north of Nairobi.

About Kenya

Population:

45,546,000

Percent below poverty line:

46%

Percent reliance on agriculture:

75%

Percent lacking food security:

21%

Kenya Projects

Our Work

Started work in:

2014

Number of projects:

5

Total number of people helped:

13,712

Total number of trees to be planted:

~12,000,000

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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 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.

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.

Gedion Osoti

Lead Technician - Homa Bay 2
Gedion holds a BSC in Agronomy, a diploma in Microfinance, and has over 10 years experience in extension and team management. He previously worked as an extension officer and team leader for VI Agroforestry and Green Forest.

Carlos Odour

Lead Technician - Homa Bay 3
Carlos holds a BSC in Natural Resource Management, specializing in wildlife and forestry. He has seven years of extension experience in advocacy and capacity building. Carlos mentors young leaders for Nairobi County and is a big football fan.

Pilly Catherine

Partner Coordinator, Kenya
Pilly Catherine holds a Bsc in forestry and has 4 years experience in community extension. Previously, she worked with WEFI as a Field extension officer

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Kenya

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Kenya

July 19, 2019 - Silvia Mburugu Kiambu County, Kenya is renowned for a few types of trees and vegetables, but Mary Nduta Kiguru is transforming the regions traditional way of farming. Her success… Read More

TREES Partners with Kenyan Scouts

Kenya

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177 Farmers Graduate from Ikinu 2, Kenya

Kenya

Kenyan Farmers Ensure Personal Success Through Trees, Agroforestry Trees for the Future graduates 177 farmers from Forest Garden program Ikinu, Kenya (June 17, 2019) - 177 Kenyan farming families… Read More

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Kenya

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Kenya

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Graduation Day in Kenya

Kenya

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“Milking” Fodder Trees for a Richer and Healthier Future

Kenya

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Kenya

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More Milk, More Money, More Hope: Gladys’ Story

Kenya

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