MAKUENI COUNTY, KENYA
Trees for Farmers (T4F) has started to work in the areas of Makindu, Kibwezi and Mtito Andei in Makueni County in Kenya.
These areas are in a semi-arid zone with Mean Annual Rainfall of about 550 mm. Farm size varies between 0.5 and 2 ha. The economy is based on mixed subsistence farming (maize, sorghum, cowpeas, pigeon peas, green grams) with livestock rearing (beef cattle, goats, sheep, chicken).
To date, T4F has succeeded in identifying and training 4 CTAs who have planted 20,000 tree seedlings with 200 farmers. Tree species is Melia volkensii which is an is an indigenous tree species producing high-value timber, highly appreciated by local craftsman, for in-door and out-door use. It is traditionally used in agroforestry by farmers, and grows fast (maturity in 12-15 years).
CTAs are also being trained to advise farmers on how to improve the husbandry of their indigenous chickens, and how to grow well-adapted varieties of sorghum, which are tolerant to drought and resistant to bird attack, which can be fed to their chickens.
Trees for Farmers (T4F) has started to work in of the Matayos area in Busia County.
To date, T4F has succeeded in identifying and training 2 CTAs who have planted 15,000 tree seedlings with 150 farmers. Tree species is Melia azedarach has attributes similar to Melia volkensii, but it is not so drought-tolerant
CTAs are also being trained to advise farmers on how to improve cassava crop productivity using varieties which are tolerant to the cassava mosaic virus.
T4F is planning to plant 5 million trees with 30,000 small-holders in Busia County over a period of 10 years. Each small-holder will plant 100-200 trees, according to the size of his farm.