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1 Furrows in the Desert An agricultural development program
in Turkana, Kenya

2 It is the largest yet least developed district in the country.
Turkana is a semi arid region in northwestern Kenya, on the border with Ethiopia, South Sudan and Uganda. It is the largest yet least developed district in the country. Area of Turkana: 77,000 km2 Population: Estimation of 850,000 Temperature: c Precipitation: mm/year Evaporation: 7-12 mm/day

3 Population in Turkana The inhabitants of Turkana are largely
pastoralists practicing a nomadic lifestyle. Traditionally the Turkana way of life Evolves around their livestock for nutritional and cultural needs. Occasionally they would gather wild fruits, hunt wild animals and gather honey. Often they would trade with neighboring tribes for maize, beans and very limited verity of vegetables and grains.

4 The main problems facing agricultural development in Turkana:
Harsh environmental conditions. • The lack of know-how in developing agriculture in arid land. • Difficulty to bring expert agronomists and skilled manpower to the area on a long term basis. • The deep cultural gap between the herders way of life and farming way of life • The lack of transportation infrastructure and markets

5 Model Innovation: A comprehensive, long term sustainable approach
Program Goals: To introduce agriculture in Turkana North, as a means for: Food production towards food security in the area. Income generating activities for the local population through the marketing of agricultural production Model Innovation: A comprehensive, long term sustainable approach

6 Sustainability measures
Long term commitment of partner org. permanent presence of MCSPA Developing agricultural methods appropriate for the area. lessons in mother & child centres Model Innovation: Comprehensive Sustainability measures On a long term basis Establishing a central farm for training research & demonstration family scale & community scale 6 months hand on training Training the trainers Support for marketing agricultural produce Provision of agricultural Inputs for graduates Ongoing guidance in new farmers’ family plots

7 Program Water Infrastructure
MCSPA water infrastructure In Turkana North: rock water dams (107 units) earth pans (89 units) boreholes (over 165 units) wind pumps (28 units). Planning Strategy: Following UN recommendations, we first harvest rain water by rockdams in the mountain side, or earth dams and pans. This is especially geared towards meeting the needs of the pastoralists’ herds. The dams are designed according to the geo-physical conditions. Further downstream we drill Wells fitted with handpumps, windumps or solar systems to meet the domestic needs of the population and to start agricultural developments.

8 Water infrastructure: Hand pumps, wind pumps, tanks

9 Water infrastructure: Dams

10 Community participation and management
The builders of rock dams are local people who have been trained in the art. In each location with a water facility, water committees are trained and enabled to run the facilities.

11 Agricultural Models for arid conditions:
4 types based on available water sources Boreholes based family plots Liman (runoff water diverted to canals) Earth Pan plots Lake Plantations

12 Family Plots A typical FDS family plot:
Family Drip System (FDS): low cost, Gravity based, Water and labor efficient A typical FDS family plot: (500 m2 FDS, Additional 500 m2 traditionally irrigated) Supports the family nutrition. produces 10 times more produce than needed for family consumption (calculated for 6 people). The surplus is used for marketing to generate income. provides all year round produce (4 crop cycles). Typically each cycle will include 2 crop types. Average produce per FDS plot: Production (Kg) Crop type 1800 Tomato 1500 Melon 1700 Onion 900 Okra 2500 Watermelon 120 Sorghum (grains) 3000 Sorghum (fodder) 200 Maize(grains) 1000 Maize(fodder)

13 Crop selection Criteria: Nutritional value
Resistance to arid conditions Good market price Resilience to transportation hazards Examples: Tomatoes, okra, onion, garlic, Melon, watermelon Sorghum, Maize (for human consumption and as fodder) Dates, Pomegranates (community plantations)

14 Appropriate practices in all stages of crop cycle
Training Curriculum Compost preparation Land preparation Crop planning Nursery Irrigation Plant protection monitoring system Weed control Crop management Post harvest Record keeping

15 FID Central training Farm in Lobur
Design: Vegetable plots (500 m2 each , Family Drip Irrigation system) 3 net houses 1 Liman plot 1 Earth Pan System (1 Family Drip Irrigation system) 3 date plantations

16 Central training Farm: Location
Close to Lobur MCSPA mission for infrastructure and logistical support. Land is secured under a letter of allotment from Turkana County Council and from the elders of the local communities. Water availability from 2 windmill-operated bore holes. Security measurements are in place. Local community in the vicinity. Accessible to visits by locals, government officials and representatives of commercial enterprises

17 Central farm: infrastructure
Nethouse and Vegetable plots 2nd course trainees and staff sharing knowledge in the shade Vegetable plots with elevated tanks and windpump Preparation for a date plantation The newly made Liman Vegetable plots and wind breakers

18 Central farm: Vegetable plots
First Yields

19 Central Farm: Nursery Development

20 Outreach Points: graduates family plots
Narikotome Lokitaung: near the dam Kaikor Narikotome

21 Kokuro Kokoselei Using treadle pump in Lokitaung Liman plot in Lobur

22 Project Beneficiaries 2014-2016
360 local families of project graduates (direct and indirect) owning family plots who will enjoy improved nutrition, additional fodder and income. Graduates' circles of relatives and neighbors who will enjoy improved nutrition. 300 families of local workers to be employed in 3 community plantations on the banks of Lake Turkana. Other members of the local communities who will generate income for their families through secondary jobs based on agriculture and marketing, e.g. food processing, food preservation, transportation of produce to markets, etc.

23 Planning Process and Key Participants
Field survey by Brit Olam and ACSD expert delegation, December 2011 MCSPA missionaries and Turkana Elders Joint planning and ongoing revision by the 3 project partner organizations each contributing its own expertise Selection process of local trainees in collaboration with the local community Expert visits and record keeping by Israeli professional field team & trainees

24 FID is run in coordination with the local government and with the full approval of the Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture. Delegates of Kenyan government and World Bank visiting FID new training farm, summer 2012 The Diocese of Lodwar (DOL) functions as a central development agency in Turkana. FID is supported by DOL through MCSPA as a pilot agricultural program. Once its success will be proved, the program model may be applied in other parts of the county as well as other semi arid regions.

25 DOL Master Plan of Food Security
Main Survey Findings (2012): Crop production is the 2nd ranked livelihood source in Turkana after livestock production. Crop production is mainly at subsistence level. There is high latent potential of water and arable land There is much motivation of locals to be self-sufficient. Main Recommendations: Capacity building of local people in agriculture Promoting irrigated agriculture using rain and underground water harvesting Using dry land high value crops, especially vegetables and fruits Expanding fruit and vegetable market in Lodwar and neighboring towns Linkage of local farmers to the available markets in the growing towns.

26 For further reference:
Missionary Community of Saint Paul the Apostle (MCSPA) Brit Olam – International Volunteering and Development Arava Center for Sustainable Development (ACSD) Contact persons: Albert Salvans (MCSPA, Turkana): Maque Falgas (MCSPA, Turkana): Milett Biberman (Brit Olam, Israel): Cel

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