|CSA PROJECT 1:||Biovision Farmer Communication Programme|
|SCALE:||County coordination actions|
|LOCATION (COUNTY):||Bungoma, Kisii, Vihiga, Nakuru, Nyandarua, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga, Machakos, Makueni|
|PERIOD OF THE PROJECT:||2020 – 2022|
|GRANT SIZE OF THE PROJECT:||USD 885.000|
|CSA PROJECT 2:||Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA)|
|LOCATION (COUNTY):||Busia, Kakamega|
|PERIOD OF THE PROJECT:||2019 – 2022|
|GRANT SIZE OF THE PROJECT: –|
|CSA PROJECT 2:||Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture (KCOA)|
|LOCATION (COUNTY):||Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda|
|PERIOD OF THE PROJECT:||2019 – 2021|
|GRANT SIZE OF THE PROJECT:|
BIOVISION AFRICA TRUST
SUMMARY OF ACTIONS
The goal of Biovision Africa Trust (BvAT) is to alleviate poverty and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers in Kenya and other African countries through supporting dissemination of information and knowledge on appropriate technologies to increase agricultural production and improve the human, animal, plant, and environmental health. BvAT will achieve this goal through engagement within the continuum of research, policy and practice. BvAT partners with research institutions to generate information that is relevant, accurate and validated. For disseminated information to be useful and taken up by farmers, BvAT through its Farmer Communication Programme downscales the scientific information and disseminate through its pillar communication channels – The Organic Farmer (TOF) Magazine, The Organic Farmer (TOF) Radio, Outreach extension services, the Infonet and The Mkulima Mbunifu Magazine. Through the Ecological Organic Agriculture Initiative, BvAT has engaged widely with states technocrats and key sector contributors in Kenya and the continent, lobbying and influencing policies that promote agroecology and organic agriculture as the sure option for sustainable agriculture. BvAT also leads coordination of the Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture (KCOA) Project in Eastern Africa with co-hosting arrangements with Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Uganda. This is an initiative aims to support a network of regional knowledge hubs for organic farming in Africa.
Some of the Agroecology promoted practices promoted by BvAT are soil fertility management with emphasis on composting; soil and water conservation technologies, agroforestry and organic pest and disease control. BvAT also facilitates linkages with other organisations that provide support along the value chains, such as input suppliers, markets, processors, traders and consumers.
A number of challenges affect scale up of ecological agriculture practices in Africa. Key among them is the absence of an enabling policy frameworks that support sustainable, resilient and productive farming systems. Investment in ecological organic agriculture is low. Institutional capacity amongst different actors also remains inadequate, coupled with absence of sufficient coordination and networking amongst stakeholders. Many gaps exist in research on ecological organic agriculture, leading to poor linkages with industries. Biovision Africa Trust therefore works with governments and other stakeholders in addressing the mentioned challenges.
Project 1: Farmer Communication Programme – To enhance economic, social and environmental livelihoods of smallholder farmers in East Africa through increased adoption of ecologically sustainable agriculture (ESA) by 2022.
Project 2: Ecological Organic Agriculture (EOA) – To Improve quality of life for farm Households (HH) resulting from mainstreaming EOA technologies and practices into agriculture systems.
Project 3: Knowledge Centre for Organic Agriculture – to introduce knowledge hubs successfully as an innovative strategy for promoting organic agriculture with actors in the regions of West, East, and Southern Africa.
PARTICIPATION IN KEY CLIMATE & AGRICULTURE NETWORKS
The organisation is a member of the Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)
INVOLVEMENT IN CSA
- Knowledge dissemination (education and awareness creation)
- Technology transfer
- Coordination and networking
RELEVANCE OF CSA MSP TO WORK
- Information about CSA
- Learning and exchange
- Reporting and showcasing
RECOMMENDATION ON WAYS TO SUPPORT MSP
- Dissemination of climate smart agriculture knowledge and technologies through multiple channels – print, audio, audio visual and web-based.
- Developing capacities of key actors involved in climate smart agriculture implementation.
- Participate in resource mobilization activities.
|Farm level (project 1 &2)||Target (no of farmers)||Indicators monitored|
|Soil management||3,800||Percentage increase in productivity
Percentage increase in income from farming
|Water conservation and harvesting||3,800||Percentage increase in productivity
|Kitchen garden establishment||3,800||Percentage improvement in family diet diversity
|Farmer training on selected value chains, as per County priorities||450||Percentage Improvement in access to markets|
|Agroforestry||80||No. of trees incorporated in farmlands
No. of community nurseries established
Increased income from sale of seedlings.
|Disease and pest management (using organic methods and inputs)||3,800||Percentage reduction in pest and disease infestation
Percentage increase in use of natural pest control
|Institution level (project 1,2 &3)||Target (no of stakeholders)||Indicators monitored|
|Video and online documentation of success stories and ecological sustainable agriculture practices for wider dissemination.||Number of stories documented
Number of technologies documented.
|Facilitating linkages to relevant business development services across the value chain.||Number of linkages established|
|Supporting resource mobilization for increased funding to Agroecology||Percentage increase in support (cash and kind)|
|Establishing partnerships with County governments for support to Agroecology.||Number of partnerships|
LESSONS LEARNED AND CHALLENGES IN IMPLEMENTATION OF CSA PROJECT
Availability of markets to farmers’ organically produced accelerates adoption of organic and climate smart agriculture. Smallholder farmers learn best from on-farm demonstrations and CSA projects should work with governments to support formulation of CSA-friendly policies especially those that promote investments to farmers training activities.
Multiplicity of approaches, methods by diffrent actors sends diffent and sometimes contradicting message to the farmers and other actors.
The basis of increased productivity and biodiveristy depends very much on soil fertility. CSA technologies should prioritize technologies such as organic composting that builds soil fertility with lower carbon footprint and better agroecological benefits.
The challenges on the other hand include; availability of organic inputs; market linkages to premium markets for organic products and inadequate advisory services available for smallholder farmers.
RELEVANT LINKS & REFERENCES
ORGANISATION INFORMATION AND CONTACT ADRESS IN CASE OF FOLLOW UP
Name: Fredrick Ochieng
Email address: email@example.com
Phone address: +254 721 801 809
Organisational Physical address: Duduville Campus, Icipe, Kasarani, off Thika Road, Nairobi, Kenya.
Organisational Website: www.biovisionafricatrust.org