Scaling up sustainable agriculture in Kenya

May 7, 2015 · News · No comments

Intercropping_Maize_BishofiaJavanica_LydiaWamalwa_-Kisumu_Bungoma_Film_2014-(7)-webb Agroforestry (growing trees together with crops) is one efficient practice within Sustainable Agriculture Land Management.

Promoting Sustainable Agricultural Land Management (SALM) activities has multiple benefits for farmers, ecosystems, and the global climate. But what can local governments do to help? Vi Agroforestry together with EcoAgriculture Partners has developed a brief with recommended policy priorities for the Kenyan context that address this issue.

Specifically, relevant levels of government in Bungoma should:

  • Build the capacity of Bungoma County’s technical officers to train on SALM practices..
  • Promote a farmer-to-farmer extension system as a cost-effective way to scale-up extension services for SALM.
  • Support the development of farm enterprises and Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLA) along with SALM training.
  • Develop and implement a farmer-centered, cost effective system of monitoring and evaluation of SALM implementation and benefits in the County.
  • Build on the implementation of SALM practices in the County to promote integrated landscape management.

 

Scaling up SALM practices throughout Bungoma County would help to support small and large holder farmers,  improve their farming practices, ensure the long-term productivity of the land resource base, improve their resilience to climate change, as well as contribute to a low carbon, green economy. By utilizing a model that emphasizes farmer-to-farmer extension and monitoring of SALM practices, as well as the development of farm enterprises and VSLA, the county government would be making significant strides towards achieving several of Bungoma County’s development priorities related to food security, environmental protection, and livelihoods improvement, in a cost-effective and sustainable way.

This work was undertaken as part of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS), which is a strategic partnership of CGIAR and Future Earth. This research was carried out with funding by the European Union (EU) and with technical support from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Vi Agroforestry provided data and experience from the field for the production. (The views expressed in the document cannot be taken to reflect the official opinions of CGIAR, Future Earth, or donors.)

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