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Kenya – Ikinu 2

Ikinu 2

Lead Technician - Ikinu 2

About The Project

Most of the farms in this project 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:


# Farmers in Project:


% of Female and Male Participants:

Male: 35%; Female: 65%

Current Project Phase:


Ikinu 2 At A Glance


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Total People Helped

Meet the Ikinu 2 Staff

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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Your donation has a direct impact on the earth and lives of the people who need it most. By helping us plant trees, you give families the ability to transition from unsustainable farming techniques to a Forest Garden system. Your donation not only sustains and empowers them, but also changes their lives forever.