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Research, Training and Community Garden

By Moses MukongoJune 24, 2018 One Comment
What were your biggest successes this season?

With growing demand among small-scale farming families for local, sustainably produced food and a growing urgency to create a more reliable and less destructive food web as an alternative to the conventional farming network we currently rely upon., the project offered an excellent opportunity for the small-scale farmers and potential farmers to acquire a wealth of information on the most efficient sustainable small-scale farming methods we know, gathered from over 10 years of adaptive research and hands-on practical experience in the field. We had the opportunity to demonstrate that sustainable small-scale farming methods and practices have potential for improving both the productivity and resilience of small-scale farming families and communities.

What challenges did or does your project face?

Insufficient and unstable financial resources to enhance the project’s and organizational outreach and training effectiveness in the scaling up of promising sustainable, smaller-scale farming methods that will allow small-scale farming families and communities to increase yields while conserving resources and minimizing environmental damage.

How are you working to overcome them?

CMAP seeks to develop a more diversified range of donors who can provide different amounts at different points of a program's/project's implementation. Seeking both local as well as overseas donors is in focus. Where possible bringing together a coalition of partners - of other NGOS, universities and research institutions who contribute different expertise and knowledge, and larger target areas and beneficiary communities has been prioritized.

What did you or your project learn this season that might be useful to others as well?

Currently, the world is experiencing a multitude of interconnected environmental challenges which are creating major social, economic and political consequences. Focusing on only one of these environmental problems is not a good strategy for success, as all life on Earth is part of a vast web of living systems, and what impacts one part of the web affects the whole. Focusing on any single issue – deteriorating quantities of genetic seed stock, a greatly depleted farmable soil base, insufficient regional food stocks for world populations, a greatly lessened per capita water supply, a greatly lessened forestry base —is an incomplete response to the needs of the future. When any one of these problems is addressed, all aspects of the whole must be brought into consideration

Project Name:

Research, Training and Community Garden

Project Location:

kitale transzoia Kenya

Number of People Reached:

100

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Moses Mukongo

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  • The agricultural and food system in remote parts of western Kenya is broken and needs to transition to one that is more sustainable and beneficial to the region’s ever increasing population. The Seed Money grant continues to strengthen the exponential spread of effective ecological agriculture methods, enhance small-scale farmers’ adoption of soil fertility management strategies to improve crop productivity and household food security, and increase information sharing among members of small-scale farming communities. The overall aim of the project is to achieve the empowerment of the most impoverished and other low-caste Self small-scale farmers and their families through the use of local, cost-effective eco-friendly technologies that sustain agriculture and generate income.
    Moses Mukongo is the founder and Development coordinator of the locally active non-profit Community Mobilization Against Poverty, CMAP, located in Kitale Western Kenya and is a trainer in the field of sustainable, smaller-scale farm¬ing methods. With generous support of the organizations like the Seed Money, Moses has been experimenting and disseminating the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming method developed by the John Jevons of the Ecology Action USA —an approach that allows small farmers to increase yields, builds fertile soil faster than nature, and uses less water per pound of food, compared with conventional practices. This comprehensive cropping system enables people everywhere to grow a complete, balanced diet, significant income, and sustainable soil fertility using very little land. As a result of CMAP’s demonstration, teaching and research activities in biologically intensive farming over the last 10 years, the methods are now being used in over 2500 small-scale farms/households.
    Moses believes that each person has the capacity to make a profound difference in the sustainability of our agriculture and through it, our world; and that if we each learn to take care of our part of the Earth – our garden – then we can change our situation from one of scarcity to abundance: of enough for everyone.

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