Up scaling training on ecological farming to small scale farmers in Kiambu County, Kenya to improve biodiversity and sustainability
Improvement of Biodiversity & health of soils by training on agro-ecological farming practices to small scale farmers in Kiambu County, Keny
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20th December 1962
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Scaling (expanding impact to many new places or in many new ways)
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1. Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that led the founder(s) to get started or the story of how you saw the potential for this project to succeed.
It was when farmers cried of the poor quality and quantity of produce from their farms and that’s when I realized where the problem was rooted from. The soil from their farms was barely fertile and dry. In addition to this, recently, there has been heavy rains that have destroyed the farms that hadn’t been dug well. Due to the poor quality of the soils, the water could be absorbed into the soil, instead, it was retained on the surface thereby destroying crops such as tomatoes and potatoes.
2. The problem: What problem are you helping to solve?
Scarcity of food in Kenya has pressured the small scale farmers to provide more agricultural produce despite owning small portions of land due to marginalization of land. Now, with a small portion of land and huge demand of food by the market, the small scale famers turned to conventional method of farming. That is intense use of fertilizer and pesticides to increase agricultural harvest in short period of time. Farmers did this unknowingly of the negative effects it has on their land and the en
3. Your solution: How are you working to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.
COSDEP will create awareness and sensitize community members especially small scale farmers on agro-ecological agriculture and how to conserve water during rainfall by training on how to prepare double dug beds
4. Innovation: How are you innovating or using unique approaches to solve the problem?
We appoint a Community Resource Person (CRP) per group of farmers trained to be a trainer of trainers. The CRP is equipped with vast knowledge of the project that he can train other farmer after project
5. Collaboration: How does your initiative seek to bring key players together to preserve biodiversity?
COSDEP has collaborated with several organizations in previous projects. The organizations include Ministry of Agriculture and nonprofit organizations who have the same goals for the project.
6. Impact: how has your project made a difference so far — in terms of both business outputs and social impact? How do you plan on measuring progress?
The project has impacted a number of farmers as well as society members by offering employment opportunities and income growth. In regard to biodiversity, a good number of farmers have reported positive changes in their farms i.e. improved soil fertility and better water drainage during rainy seasons
7. Growth strategies: what are your main strategies for scaling your impact?
Growth strategy is by training small scale farmers on adopting agro-ecological farming techniques. It is our hope that the farmers trained will grasp the knowledge disseminated to them and spread this to other farmers after the trainings are complete. This way, it ensure sustainability and that this knowledge reached, any farmers
8. Creating shared value: How does your initiative create value for society? Or different stakeholders?
Undertaking the project will improve the lives of small scale farmers in various ways. Firstly, with time, the food produce will increase thereby strengthening food security in the household and eventually, the society. In addition to that, the food will be organically grown thus better health for the household and society who will be the major consumers of this organic food.
Secondly, with improved soil fertility and increased produce, small scale farmers can now sell surplus to the market thereby earn income. This will in the long run increase their income streams and improve their ways of living.
9. Financial sustainability plan: can you tell us about your plan to fund your project and how that plan will be sustainable in the short, medium, and long term?
COSDEP will invest in fundraising funds to be used in the project. There will be s strict and comprehensive financial plan and budget to be used for the project. COSDEP staff will conduct follow ups to monitor the progress of the project.
10. Team: what is the current composition of your current team (types of roles, qualifications, full-time vs. part-time, board members, etc.), and how do you plan to evolve the team’s composition as the project grows?
Name Age Gender Nationality Role & employer Qualifications /
Experience Location based Full / part-time? (state hours/ week to be spent on project)
Stanley Kinyanjui 57 Male Kenyan Director 20 years Kiambu and Murang’a Full-time
Jane Itati 42 Female Kenyan Office Secretary 16 years Kiambu Full-time
Geofrey Munga 26 Male Kenyan Resource Mobilizer 2 year Kiambu Full-time
Susan Wambui 25 Female Kenyan Field Supervisor 3 years Kiambu Full-time
11. How did you hear about this challenge?