In October 2014 we interviewed farmers and members of the organisations that support them in West and Eastern Kenya. Our aim was to identify which practices are being used successfully to build resilience, and alternatively which practices increase vulnerability.
As a result of our research, we have released a report “Building Environmental Resilience – A snapshot of farmers adapting to climate change in Kenya” , which is backed up by a scientific literature review
In 2015, we attended the UNEP Ecosystems Based Adaptation for Food Security Conference, and have created an exhibition at the National Museum in Nairobi
In addition, the Fostering economic resilience report presents the results of the fieldwork in Malawi and Kenya, and shows that farmers practising agroforestry (involving the use of natural ‘fertiliser trees’ instead of chemical fertilisers) and ‘Push-Pull’ technology (which eliminates the need for chemical pesticides) achieve higher incomes and yields than those practising chemical- intensive agriculture.
Lastly, “Financing Ecological Farming in Africa, A guide for International Donors”
provides a resource to the donor community to facilitate the provision of support to ecological farming across Africa. It focuses on four primary channels as effective conduits for scaling up investment into ecological farming: academic and public research and training institutions; community seed banks and exchange networks; public procurement schemes and producer organisations and cooperatives. It analysed eleven ecological farming initiatives from around the world involving support from donor organisations.