What impact have you had?
We are in the first year of the project and we have four sample forest gardens already in four communities and we are still working on adding more. Impact so far can be seen through the various farmers, families and communities that have manifested interest in taking part. We have manifestations of interest from five other communities, making more than one hundred families and 50 individual farmers. We have also done much at the level of sensitization and educating communities on the importance of the project thus most communities are already aware of the realities of climate change, the importance of conservation efforts and the benefits expected from the forest gardens.
The steps that are being put in place to make the project successful are as follows,
- A meet the people tour which has the objective of sensitizing local populations about the project, its advantages, stages and activities. (This step has already been carried out)
- Acquiring pieces of land and seeds for the sample forest gardens.
- Setting up nurseries in the sample gardens for tree seeds and crops.
- The forth step involves planting crops and tree species on the sample gardens. This step will go alongside training of some community members on the practicality of nursing, planting and caring of the gardens.
- The forth step will involve involves the introduction of cattle into the sample gardens
- putting in place nurseries for trees and other crops to be used by communities
- Handing of seeds to communities for planting and follow up of planting.
- Introduction of cattle in the community farms
- Evaluation and reporting.
We expect to
-Raise nutritional standards in these communities and improve the living standards of more than 300 families
-Increase crop/cattle yields in these communities.
-Increase the rate of forest cover
-Get more youths involved in agriculture
-Improve on farming methods and practices
-Reduce the use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides in our communities
-Reduce rural exodus and
-Create awareness on nutritional/environmental issues.
-Contribute to reducing the rate of carbon content in the atmosphere by planting at least three thousands five hundred trees thus fighting climate change.
What will it take for your project to be successful over the next three years? Please address each year separately, if possible.
For the project to be successful over the next three years, it would take,
For the first year, a strong panel of nutritionists, botanists, animal care officials, agro forestry experts coupled with a rich healthy collection of tree, crop and cattle species. Good and enough pieces of land, massive participation from the local communities mostly women and good weather conditions, good pest control/animal decease control mechanism,
For the second year, enough tree/crop seeds for the communities, availability of a good collection of cattle species, commitment on the part of the trained community members to assist and advice others, enough manpower for follow up and advice, a good net work for the sharing of information among communities and participants, good pest control/animal decease control mechanism and a good market/prices for garden products.
For the third, enough manpower for follow up and evaluation, good market conditions for garden products, a means for sharing information amongst farmers and communities and capacity building of some community members on plant and animal care and treatment. Manpower for evaluation and production of project report.
What would prevent your project from being a success?
We are expecting that the community members who will be trained during the setting up of the sample gardens will train other community members in the setting up and management of the gardens. If some of them fail to do this properly then we might be needing extra hands and this might result to some setbacks.
If weather conditions change to worse, yields might be affected. The out breaks of animal deceases are also some of those risks which might affect the projects success. We are also expecting part of the funding for continuation to come from the proceeds from the sample farms which means that part of the continuation has much to do with yields from sample farms.