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Farmers graduates in sustainable forestry practices

KEFRI’s deputy director in charge of forest biodiversity and environment management Dr. James Ndufa has lauded the Capacity Development Project for Sustainable Forest Management (CADEP-SFM) project for equipping farmers with the relevant knowledge to practice sustainable agriculture and commercial tree growing.

Dr. Ndufa who officiated the graduation of farmers in Embu and Taita Taveta County noted that the farmers through the Farmers Field Schools (FFS) had tested a number of tree and food crops to find out the best performing in their areas.

The graduands or Wakulima wataalamu in both counties were trained for one year on among other things; tree planting and soil conservation, farming of food crops, animal husbandry, and poultry management.

Prior to graduation the graduands show cased their skills in various improvised efficient and cost effective ways of farming, integration of bee keeping, and harvesting and soil conservation among other income generating ventures with potential to improve the environment and livelihoods.

The CADEP - SFM is a 5- year JICA supported technical cooperation project (June 2016 to June 2021) promoting sustainable forest management in Kenya towards the national forest cover target of 10%.

The project which is signed between the Governments of Kenya and Japan has 5 components, of which KEFRI and KFS each implements 2 specific components in counties of Kitui, Embu, Makueni, Tharaka Nithi Mbere and Taita Taveta to help the counties achieve a 10% tree cover.

KEFRI implements the sustainable forest management and tree breeding research component by conducting research on breeding of drought-tolerant trees in arid and semiarid areas, extending the use of improved seedlings, and promoting regional cooperation to strengthen resilience to climate change.

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