SCALING UP CONSERVATION AGRICULTURE FOR IMPROVED FOOD SECURITY & SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS
July 30, 2020
The NCCK is this week equipping 90 Lead Farmers with Mindset Change for Better Farming Methods skills this week.
The farmers, drawn from three wards of Tharaka Nithi County, are being trained in cohorts of 30 each to ensure compliance with Covid-19 control measures. The training is a component of the Conservation Agriculture for Improved Food Security project being implemented by the NCCK in Mukothima, Nkondi and Chiakariga wards.
The trainings are being conducted as an adaptation of an earlier plan where the farmers were to be facilitated to make exchange visits to other regions in Kenya to learn from their compatriots who are involved in conservation agriculture, poultry keeping and dairy goat farming. Video lessons are being provided for the farmers on the three practical areas, with extensive discussions on the mindset change.
Upon return to their wards, the 90 Lead Farmers will each train their farmer groups on the skills and knowledge attained. They are expected to reach the 3,870 farmers targeted by the project.
The Conservation Agriculture for Improved Food Security project is a partnership between the NCCK, United Church of Canada, and the Canadian Food Grain Bank.