Scaling ecological farming in East Africa
There are many successful approaches by locally-led African NGOs, which iMPACT direct supports, to be able to achieve much more impact with relatively low budgets. Community Sustainable Development Empowerment Programme (COSDEP) is one of these locally-led NGOs that has great solutions at hand.
In Kenya, they provide training to small-holder farmers in ecological farming, which directly increases food security, health and income for the entire farmer’s family, as well as contributing to restoring the environment and to becoming increasingly climate resilient. Together we wish to replicate and scale COSDEP’s solution to 10 East African CBOs and NGOs to create more impact. And iMPACT direct supports organisational strengthening for locally-led NGOs in Africa to become more sustainable and independent.
Our joint strategies include:
- Training of 10 NGOs/CBOs staff with the technical knowledge and practical skills of ecological agriculture practices. In turn, the CBO/NGO staff will enhance upscaling and replication of the knowledge and skills to their farmers.
- Promoting locally available solutions, its experts and knowledge to future supporters and 900+ locally-led African NGOs.
- Closely monitoring and documenting best practices and learnings during the pilot phase for reference during project’s progress in the long term.
We expect 8,550 farmers and family members to benefit from:
- Increased income due to reduced costs (self-made ecological fertilisers and pesticides reduce at least Ksh100 a day or €0.67) and an increased production of which surpluses can be sold.
- Enhanced food security, because of having sufficient produce of fresh vegetables and fruits for family use.
- Increased health due to consumption of healthy foods, and because produce no longer contains chemical fertilisers.
The project will continuously contribute to a clean environment through:
- Reduction of water-, air- and soil pollution.
- Enhanced nutrient circulation in the soil and thus an increased sustainability in soil fertility. Soil matter increased by 5%.
- A reduction of acidic rain to the surroundings due to the usage of biopesticides and biofertilizers.
In addition, the project will continuously contribute to sustainable livelihood for small-holder farmers an food security in the communities, because of NGOs and CBOs having acquired knowledge that they can keep on using and sharing through the demo farms
The budget for the following activities €54,200. The donation will be used to:
- Overall coordination of project implementation and support to 10 CBOs/NGOs
- 10 CBOs/NGOs (selection and onboarding)
- 50 CBO/NGO staff trained in eco-farming
- 10 eco-demonstration farms
- 500 small-holder farmers trained
- 2,500 farmers to gain awareness around demo farms
- 5,000 staff from locally-led NGOs reached with online capacity strengthening
- Promotion of impact and learnings incl. 15,000 potential supporters reached
- Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning
This project is fundraised for amongst grants.