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KENYA: Communities Learn New Farming Methods

Project Overview

A well and training enable farmers to improve their crop yields and strengthen households

Lead Ministry: Anglican Development Services (ADS)
Timeline: 24 months

Actual lives impacted: 820
Anticipated lives impacted: 700 

Total Amount Spent: $68,231
Total Amount Requested: $68,655

Actual cost per beneficiary: $83.21
Estimated cost per beneficiary: $98.08

Context:

The Kapomboi community in Western Kenya faces food insecurity despite having great agricultural potential. Over-reliance on heavy chemical fertilizers and monoculture have acidified the soil and decreased crop production.

Need:

In 2014, a test of the Kapomboi community’s soil conducted by a third party revealed a PH level of less than 5, which indicates highly acidic soil. Community members are being made aware of the implications of having acidic soil, and the Kenyan government is encouraging local leaders to conduct soil reclamation work.

Solution:

Using Bible-based study materials titled “Farming God’s Way,” Angelica Development Services (ADS) North Rift Region taught participants to improve the soil quality at a Kapomboi community’s demonstration farm. Community members volunteered at the demonstration farm to learn sustainable farming techniques and then employ them on their own farms. As a result, they improved their households’ food security and then went on to teach these techniques to others. Participants grew spiritually through guided reflections that depicted God as the first farmer. The community also benefited from a bore hole well that was drilled on the demonstration farm, which is accessible to the public.

Life Impact

This project benefited 820 people, some in multiple ways:

  • A total of 150 people from 10 common interest groups received training and applied and shared the skills and knowledge, leading to a 50 percent larger harvest. For example, an acre used to produce 9.3 bags of corn, but after the training, farmers grew 20 bags per acre. Likewise, land that yielded 1.2 bags of beans now yields 3 bags of beans.

  • A total of 450 people (members of farmers’ households) benefited from the training the farmers received. New techniques, such as reduced runoff and erosion, improved infiltration and reduced evaporation resulted in improved crop production. Increased acreage of land under cultivation, together with diversified grain crops and vegetables, improved household food security and nutrition. As a result, trained farmers have stored enough food to last six months, unlike the past when they could barely secure a three-month food supply.

  • A total of 220 community members benefited from the training of 10 common interest group members. Eight farmers were specifically trained to impart their skills and knowledge to villagers. They also started 12 demonstration plots in the villages, and another 15 acres of land were restored through reclamation.
  • A total of 25 households, comprising of 160 people, can regularly access clean and safe water from a new well for domestic use. Also, due to long periods of drought in the region, the well has become the main source of water, resulting in a growing number of well users.

You can read more about the project by viewing the full report here.

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