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Kenya – Ikinu 1

Ikinu 1

Lead Technician - Ikinu 1

About The Project

Despite Ikinu's agricultural potential, farmers are faced with acute levels of poverty due to diminishing property. This has led to poor utilization of the land, and the soils have continued to deteriorate. Ikinu is also an area faced with low information flow on market channels - farmers aren’t able to determine when its best to sell which cash crops.

Dairy farming is the main source of income in the area. A large part of the Forest Garden approach deals with agroforestry trees that also give excellent fodder for livestock. By establishing fodder trees as living fences throughout the Forest Garden, the farmers have the potential to reap and earn more from their cows in terms of quality milk production. Currently, dairy farmers in Ikinu pay high rates for purchased cow feed, which the protein-rich fodder trees can supplement. The Forest Garden was also seen as a remedy for supporting growing families on increasingly shrinking arable land. The Forest Garden will maximize the profits from intensely grown vegetables, crops, fruits and other tree products.

General Information

Year Started:

2014

Number of Farmers in Project:

188

Current Project Phase:

GRADUATED

Ikinu 1 at a glance

360,000


Total Trees Planted

1,149


Total People Helped

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