Emeden Kenya Project Incubator Award 2011Presentation Transcript
INTEGRATED DEVELOPMENT MODEL FOR SMALLHOLDER FARMERS IN SEMI ARID ELGEIYO-MARAKWET COUNTY, KENYA Ms. Everlyne Koech Cherobon Coordinator and Founder, EMEDEN KENYA EMRC AGRIBUSINESS FORUM, SOUTH AFRICA; 16 th -19 th Oct 2011
Start of this project’s journey was 2007 with Volunteer Farmers Outreach Initiatives to sensitize farmers on environmental issues and existing unexploited agricultural opportunities in semi arid Keiyo district.
In 2010, EMEDEN Kenya was formally registered under the laws of Kenya as non profit member based farmer organization.
First formal project was introduction of improved beekeeping practices integrated with sunflower farming.
EMEDEN KENYA Since 2010
Expanded its Beekeeping and sunflower project to include dry land crops mainly millet, sorghum, green grams, ground nuts and beans.
It started with initial capital of US$4,850 and is now worth over $US10,000
5 people started as volunteer staff and are currently on salary, while an additional 7 have been added on commission basis
Established 4 Farmers Resource Centers in the target area
ABOUT THE PROJECT
Primarily working in semi arid parts of Elgeiyo Marakwet county by establishing a network of Farmers Resource Centers across the target area that provide the following integrated agricultural services to the smallholder farmers at their farm gate.
Farm Inputs and Household Goods (Agro-Vet Shop).
Collection and bulking point of farm produce for value addition and onward access to wider market (Market Access).
Library unit on agricultural Information and Technology.
Group Savings and Lending (Micro financial services).
More than 80% land of Kenya is Arid and Semi-Arid Lands (ASAL).
Elgeiyo Marakwet County forms part of the semi arid lands and is divided into three geographic zones; the highland plateau, the Elgeiyo Escarpment and the Kerio Valley,
The project is located on the Escarpment and the Valley characterized by:
Low rainfall of between 700 mm to 1,000 mm annually sometimes lower.
Experiences increasing poverty coupled by increasing environmental degradation.
Farmers cultivate on steep slopes so that rainwater that used to infiltrate and feed the springs and rivers now runs off the surface with ravaging speed.
The situation has created a vicious cycle that can turn the escarpment zone, which still looks very much like paradise, into a barren landscape, many rocks …and few people.
Strategic multidimensional measures have to be instituted to turn around the above conditions.
This project is an attempt to reverse this scenario.
ABOUT THE PROJECT cont…
IMAGE OF PROJECT AREA
Initial capital of USD4,850 in 2009 in farmers outreach.
USD 5,000 was invested in Farm input supply and market access.
And further USD25,000 needed to scale up its activities.