NCF funds new project – will train 5,400 farmers in Kenya on Climate Smart Agriculture

May 12, 2015 · Project · No comments

Vi Agroforestry’s new project “Climate Smart Agriculture for Improved Rural Livelihood” will support 5,400 farmers in Kenya to implement Climate Smart Agriculture and establish sustainable farmer enterprises for the adaptation to and mitigation of climate change. The project is funded by Nordic Climate Facility together with Vi Agroforestry and five local partner organisations.

The 30 month project will be implemented in Bungoma and Kisumu Counties in Kenya where the population depend on carrying out mixed farming systems for their livelihoods. However, the prevailing farming systems and degraded land are not productive enough to provide food security for the farming community in the area. Farmers are using conventional and typically poor farming technologies which can increase vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.

PriscaMayende_Kisumu_CowPeas_Bungoma_Film_2014-(2) Prisca Mayende is one of the farmers in Kenya who after training from Vi Agroforestry has changed from traditional agriculture to Sustainable Agriculture Land Management practices and improved her yields.

The Sustainable Agriculture Land Management (SALM) concept is a methodology for farmers to adapt to the impacts of climate change and achieve increased environmental resilience in different climatic or agro-ecological zones. Adoption of SALM practices can intensify productivity on croplands and grasslands reducing the pressure on agricultural, wetlands or forest lands.

Partners to train farmers on sustainable agriculture and farm enterprises 
The project aims to increase altogether 5,400 farmers’ resilience to climate change through improved and less variable crop yields and help the farmers to move from subsistence agriculture to market-oriented agroforestry. Four farmer organisations will establish business enterprises for the marketing and sale of agricultural produce. The fifth local partner, KERUSSU, will support the farmer enterprises to access savings and loaning products to farmers. Access to credit is a major hindrance to scale up from subsistence farming to commercial farming.

500,000 trees to rehabilitate degraded land
The project is expected to deliver the following main outputs leading to four sustainable, climate-friendly farmer enterprises being established and operating at the end of the project:

  1.  5,400 farmers supported to adopt SALM practices and to rehabilitate degraded land by planting 500,000 trees
  2. 4 business plans implemented successfully enabling farmer groups to undertake market oriented farming
  3. 150 Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLA) formed by farmer groups enabling small-holder farmers to save and borrow money

 

The project will be implemented by Vi Agroforestry and five local partners: Dairy Goats Association of Kenya (DGAK), Miriu Integrated, Western Kenya Tree Planters Association (WETPA), Kimaeti Farmers CBO, Kenya Rural SACCOs societies Union Ltd (KERUSSU LTD).

Relevance for Climate Change
Adoption of CSA practices will not only help farmers to adapt to climate change but also help to rehabilitate degraded land and increase the amount of soil organic carbon in agricultural land. The project will contribute to climate change mitigation efforts by helping to sequester about 43,740 tons of CO2 over a 20 years’ lifetime through the capture of soil organic carbon and use of woody perennials. The project will engage the farmers to participate in the rehabilitation of degraded areas by applying diverse land management practices. Together with stakeholders, the project will develop and implement restoration and rehabilitation plans. Tree establishment will be a key component in promoting rehabilitation efforts since it is a sustainable long term solution.

Innovation and Knowledge Transfer
The project is the first scaling-up effort of the lessons learnt from the Kenya Agricultural Carbon Project (KACP) and is designed in way that provides an opportunity for farmer organizations to play a central role in organizing extension services and carbon monitoring for its members. The project will employ CSA as a tool that can enable small-holder farmers to improve their livelihoods through the engagement in farmer businesses. With increased crop and livestock productivity, the project will demonstrate value addition techniques that can be adopted by farmers.

More information
Nordic Climate Facility  is financed by the Nordic Development Fund (NDF) and administered by the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO).

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