Hi everyone, am Philip Kabiru from Kiini Sustainable Initiative (KISI) which is a Non-Governmental Organization that was established and registered in December 2007 under the Section 10 of the NGO Coordinating Act for purpose of gender equality, social economic empowerment and rights through the participation of women, men, youth, and disadvantaged people in the society like orphans, marginalized communities to realize their potential and become self-reliant.

KISI’s work in Central Kenya (Nyeri, Laikipia, Kirinyaga and Muranga counties) is rooted in a belief that Kenyans, their ideas and institutions must define and drive Kenya’s transformation and development. We place an unequivocal importance on the need to support and build a critical mass of activists, thinkers and leaders who will contribute broadly and effectively to the fight against Drug Abuse, Poverty and Injustice

KISI has over the years initiated key thematic areas touching on Democratic governance, Rural based financial management (Micro-Credit), food security and agriculture that is bio-intensive and permaculture, Youth & Gender Empowerment, Education and HIV/AIDS programming.

The key programs are:

  1. Livelihood
  2. Local Justice and Governance
  3. Environment and Health

 Our Vision:

We envision a Self-Sustainable and Resourceful Local Community.

  Our Mission:

Kiini Sustainable Initiative (KISI) exists to provide a platform for the underprivileged and the marginalized people through mobilization, sensitization and utilization of the hidden resources in order to meet their socio-economic needs in Kenya.

Our Core Values:

The following core values embody what KISI stands for, what drives it, what it believes in and what directs decisions, actions and relationships with others on a daily basis. 

  •  Equity, Equality And Non Discrimination
  • Openness and responsible for all our actions
  • Respect for diversity
  • Empathy with the poor
  • Concern and care for nature

 

Concerning the Survey

The main objectives of the survey was to:

         i.            Determine whether participatory trainings and demonstrations on organic agriculture do take place in Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Laikipia counties.

       ii.            Identify the existing organic agricultural practices among small-scale farmers.

      iii.            Determine level of knowledge on how to access and use organic products for food production

NB: We preferred using smart card so that whatever is fed is generated directly through survey monkey and this proved efficient and effective.

 

Findings from the survey

         i.            Bigger percentage of target audience is between the ages of 28-55 who are mainly small-scale farmers

       ii.            High percentage grows maize, beans, onions and potatoes as source of livelihood.

      iii.            Very few farmers grow orphaned crops like cassava and arrow-roots.

     iv.            Majority rears animals thus utilizing the farm yard manure and composts.

       v.            Very few of the target audience keeps beehives which are the key pollinator improvement.

     vi.            Higher percentage don’t know how to access open pollinated seeds as well as organic product.

    vii.            Inorganic fertilizers, chemical pesticides and conventional seeds are commonly used in food production.

Challenges

         i.            Some target audience were not comfortable sharing their birthdays.

       ii.            The farmers already understand the dangers of use of synthetic chemicals yet very few have embraced alternative ways of food production.

      iii.            Though farmers continue to grow maize and beans they always have food insecurity and eat poor diet which is not balanced.

     iv.            Limited resources to carry the survey effectively and train the enumerators on modern technology on survey.

       v.            High expectation by some farmers.

Non response from the respondents on some questions especially on incomes, thought to be associated with fear for government taxation requirements

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  1. Hi Philip, thanks for your thorough account of the work! Do you also have a photo to share by any chance (smile) ?

    Thanks so much!

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