Our strategy for sustainable impact in the community involves engaging the community in teaching and demonstrative forums. We find it prudent that the researched knowledge and insight gained in on farm trials is shared and put in practice.
The year 2016 was the maiden year of this program. We managed to engage 2,000 people in forums organized in churches, self-help and other community based groups, as well as students in primary and secondary level. The receptiveness and interest demonstrated by our audiences showed that there was a significant need for empowering knowledge on multi-beneficial agricultural systems.
In 2017, thanks to a bigger donation, we managed to buy our first motorbike, that enabled us to teach 17,000 youth.
Local Resources for
Better Food Production
Our main subjects in the short forums focused on:
- Soil health: the use of Tithonia diversifolia as a viable source of soil nutrient when used as green manure
- Biological pest control: a technique based on the use of plant extracts to control harmful insects. The technique taught involved the use of an aqueous extract of Capsicum annum and Tithonia diversifolia to control aphids and other larvae.
Our strategy consists of focusing on the youth in secondary and primary levels. Reason being that they are more receptive to new ideas as well as being the practitioners of agriculture in the future. The lessons learnt this year in the project would enable us to improve on multiple aspects of this program, key being to customize the teaching to the relevant audience with an effective use of logistical resources.