Matayos Development and Empowerment Initiative [MADEI] members calculate the value of some new crops planted on Matayos Demonstration Plot. Each bunch of green onions in this raised bed sells for Ksh 50/- in the local Matayos market. As there are more than 100 bunches, the expected income is about Ksh 5,000/- [£40] from this single bed. The MADEI group have more than 20 such beds growing a variety of vegetables, which are used to feed orphans or for sale to generate income for the group.
For the last 5 years SGG's main activity has been promotion of agroforestry. Tropical tree planting has both environmental benefits [e.g. soil moisture retention, protection against soil erosion, climate change mitigation] and huge humanitarian benefits [e.g. additional farm income, fruit for better nutrition].Crucial aspects to the success of tree planting are:1. allowing farmers to plant species of their own choice 2. paying farmers to care for trees during first year after planting.
This farmer, like many of his neighbours in Busia county, has realised the many benefits of tree planting. These rows of trees all have been planted in the last 3 years. Farmers in this area are noticing the effects of climate change and are very aware that planting trees helps alleviate problems both of drought and flooding. They are anxious to greatly increase their tree cover and are looking for donor partners who are wanting to reduce their carbon footprint.
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