In Kenya, Farmer Field School graduates work together on poultry production and water collection

In Kenya, Farmer Field School graduates work together on poultry production and water collection

FRB’s Kenya Ganze-Jaribuni program supports smallholder farmers in coastal Kenya by organizing them into Farmer Field Schools (FFS) to learn conservation agriculture methods, agroforestry and animal raising. In Jaribuni there are 306 farmers in eight FFSs. The following profile of one FFS shows how the farmers have continued to use their skills to support each other since they graduated from the training.

Poultry Production- The FFS grads decided to raise chickens as an income-generating project. They started with twenty local birds, and plan to increase the flock as the project progresses. The group has been meeting every Friday at the homestead of one of the members to work on construction of the poultry house. Once the house is completed, each member will be assigned a day to take care of the chickens.

Water Tanks- In this hot, dry region, having a source of clean water means that women and children are spared long water searches and can dedicate their time and energies to caring for their families, farming, and schooling. Twenty-three members of the FFS have started what they call a “merry-go-round” to help all the members purchase water tanks to store water from rooftop rainwater collection. Members are actively contributing 220 Ksh every month to the fund. So far they have been able to purchase 165-liter water tanks (44 gallons) at a cost of 700 Ksh each for four members of the group. They will continue their monthly contributions until all 23 members have a water tank in their homes.

Note: One US Dollar = 87.5 Kenyan Shillings (Ksh)

Foods Resource Bank’s Kenya Ganze-Jaribuni program is led by World Renew with local partner Pwani Christian Community Services (PCCS). Ganze Jaribuni encompasses 30 communities, 830 households and 4980 individuals>

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