Greenpeace Africa, ICE, KOAN, KBioC and KESSFF have been working together to visit the farmers’ communities, record their stories and demands. The coalition stands united to present the farmers’ letter to the government and donor agencies.
The Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE) is a national indigenous non-governmental organisation started in 2006. ICE was founded out of a visible need to promote the inherent and natural role of culture in environmental and resource management in Kenya. ICE works with community groups and schools in Tharaka Nithi, Machakos, Meru, Murang’a, Embu and Kiambu counties. ICE is committed to buttressing traditional knowledge in community-based environmental and resource management initiatives and facilitating culture-based learning that would lead to social and ecological well-being of the earth community. ICE is well linked with like-minded organisations in Kenya, Africa and beyond who are pioneering innovative culture-based strategies and policy advocacy for recuperation, recognition and promotion of indigenous knowledge and practices relevant to environmental rehabilitation and management.
Kenya Biodiversity Coalition is the country’s leading platform leading the campaign against Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).
KBIOC is a coalition of 65 farmer organisations. animal welfare networks. consumer networks, faith based organisations, civil society organisations, traders and private Kenyan citizens. The main objective of the coalition is to raise public awareness on issues concerning biosafety, vitality and protection of the environment, agriculture and biodiversity.
Kenya Small Scale Farmers Forum (KESSFF) was established out of the Small Farmers Convergence (SFC) in Johannesburg, South Africa in August 2002, which was attended by more than 300 small-scale farmers from 19 countries representing Africa, Latin America, Canada, Europe and Asia. The purpose of the convergence was for farmers to speak as a united voice, so that their issues and recommendations as farmers become an integral part of the deliberations of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD-02).
The Small Farmers Convergence was initiated by Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association, a regional network of civil society organizations based in 9 countries in East and Southern Africa. A council of farmers was elected at the convergence consisting of farmer leaders representing their countries.
KESSFF operates in the 47 counties of Kenya with 23 districts currently being active. It has a total number of 13,000 members of which 6000 are male while 7000 are females all represented in 548 organized farmer groups.