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.
Percent below poverty line:
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Carbon sequestered so far:
5,582.30 metric tons
Cities/Areas (Project Sites) we work in:
Ikinu, Homa Bay
Hectares of Forest Gardens planted:
Meet The Kenya Team
Peter KingoriLead Technician - Ikinu 1
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 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.
Teaching a Man to Fish
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Graduation Day in Kenya
On a warm December morning, crowds gathered in a community hall in Ikinu, Kenya to celebrate three years worth of hard work and commitment – to farmers, families, the community, and our… Read More
“Milking” Fodder Trees for a Richer and Healthier Future
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Forest Gardens and Beekeeping: Friends with Benefits
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