AGRISS is supported by the McKnight Foundation to establish and harness a Farmer Research Network for Agricultural Technology Development, Testing and Dissemination in Western Kenya. DIG is excited to be a part of this network and continue our work to improve horticulture production and nutrition for smallholder farmers.
After initial stakeholder meetings with AGRISS, Marindi Hospital, and the local Ministry of Agriculture, DIG identified several young mothers and HIV positive support groups to expand our Mobile Farmer Field School program. DIG also started a priority household initiative to work with vulnerable families with malnourished children under the age of 5.
Ms. Ambasa (left), Millicent and Ms. Florence from Ndiru Nyar Ber Support group, remove kale seedlings from their vegetable nursery for transplanting. Members of Ndiru Nyar ber work together to transplant vegetables at their demonstration plot, among the skills set learnt was the importance of proper spacing in the garden
IG will be graduating our first Mobile Farmer Fields Groups this month. In addition to seeing an immediate transformation of the land, we are also seeing strong adoption rates of sustainable agriculture practices and large increases in farmers who are both selling and consuming a variety of horticulture crops.
Benta and from Tumaini Support group plant trees on the demonstration farm Vincent teaching about proper techniques for transplanting
Our team in Western Kenya is excited and motivated to continue this important work and the expansion of our programming.
Youngest Member of the Ndiru Nyar ber Support Group Getting ready for transplanting