“Shamba – Garden in Africa” projectplan
Afroho’s agricultural project in Kowuor
We would like to implement an agricultural project in Kowuor as a joint effort of Afroho, Sare SEEP, Kenya and Mon jardin! from the beginning of April 2016 to educate local citizens on new agricultural production methods and growing edible plants currently unknown to the local community.
The project is a so-called pilot project and it is intended to lay the foundations of an Afroho – Mon jardin! long-term gastro-botanic cooperation with the objective to grow plants and implement agricultural methods in the Kowuor area that have proven their feasibility in Mon jardin!’s project in the Kenyan settlement of Bura. With the implementation of effective production methods and the cultivation of high-produce, drought-tolerant plant species we can and would like to improve the local people’s food supply. At the same time agricultural work offers a potential revenue source for the locals as a result their general welfare and quality of life improves as well.
In later phases of the project we rollout proven solutions in a broader scope and educate locals to spread environment-friendly technologies in Africa.
The main objective of the project is to promote effective methodologies and high-produce plants in the broadest possible circle in Kenya thereby supporting the modernization of local agriculture while keeping its family-farming features and focusing on environment protection.
Based on our experience the chances of producing the necessary amount of food with outdated agricultural technologies, low-yield plants in local family farms are very slim. On top of this the technologies currently used in Kenya do not take into account modern, environment friendly considerations. Although Kenyan food production comes from small family farms they do not pay enough attention to the nutrient replenishment of the soil nor to water-saving irrigation technologies.
As a result of Mon jardin!’s efforts in Kenya new production technologies were developed with the use of which higher produce can be achieved under adverse weather conditions (e.g. areas with little water) and environment friendly agricultural methods.
Objective of the project
Elaboration of a broad range program that offers complex solutions to the problems of the local community (poverty, plain diet, waste management, etc.) while being beneficial not only for the community but also for the environment.
An important pillar of the fulfillment of this objective is the elaboration of the long-term agricultural project
- that improves the efficiency of crop production (and later animal production) by using environment friendly technologies and solutions in the region;
- implementation of new – unknown or not yet produced – plant species to improve yield, to provide a balanced diet and to increase the intake of nutritious food, vitamins and/or minerals;
- that offers a source of livelihood for local families and/or enables them to produce their own food and save money that can be spent on other important purposes (e.g. education of children);
- to ensure higher and more reliable yield through the applied technologies (soil improvement, shading) and give a chance for plants to survive in the dry season.
During the implementation of the project we will also focus on the below objectives:
- Education of the local people to use new conservation methods, e.g. canning, with the help of which fresh corn and beans can be conserved without drying thus the cooking of these ingredients will require less time and energy;
- Reduction of the amount of waste by way of producing own food, e.g. cooking home made jam instead of purchasing bottled jam in shops;
- Recycling of organic waste through farm animal breeding (e.g. goat, hen) and composting as well as the use of animal waste (e.g. hen and cow manure) in agriculture.
(Note: to reduce and recycle non-organic waste we launched a separate waste management project with SARE SEEP, named “Taka taka”.)
Expected results of the project:
- Local communities will familiarize with new agricultural work methods and plants that in the long term become part of their everyday lives;
- Due to the more varied and balanced diet as well as the higher nutrient- and vitamin intake the general health of the local people improves, they will be more resistant to diseases and the children’s performance at school will also improve;
- By way of self-sustaining farming and the sale of potential surplus food will reduce the number of families in need;
- The new breadwinning alternative helps to reduce the intensity of charcoal production (we plan to initiate an energy project to this end and educate people on effective cooking methods);
- By way of increasing own production the purchase of ready-made and (overtly) packaged goods can be reduced that also reduces the generation of waste.
Phase 1 (Expert pilot) of the project will be implemented between April and September 2016. During this period the expert of Mon jardin! will spend 6 weeks (in April and May) on the field.
Total budget for Expert pilot is HUF 2,852,000 which includes: all costs of the necessary tools and building a fence around the area, as well as fees for project manager and the agricultural expert.
We can cover part of these costs from our resources, however to be able to implement the project fully as it is planned we still need further financial support.
For a more detailed description of the project please visit here.
On 17 April we officially started the project as we had a look and walked around the plot to decide about the implementation. We keep you updated as we further proceed with the project.