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    Spray Service Providers – County Stakeholder awareness meetings kick off

    • by  Francis Shivonje
    • HortIMPACT’s Business Case 3 started in September 2016 to train and develop 480 professional spray service providers (SSPs) in 6 counties (Makueni, Kajiado, Nyeri, Bungoma, Nakuru, Nyandarua). In partnership with Agrochemicals Association of Kenya (Croplife Kenya), Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) and Integrated Pest Management trainers, a total of 232 Spray Service Providers (SSPs) have been trained. The trained SSPs have served over 2,000 farmers with varied IPM services and training. It is expected that IPM services offered to Small and Medium scale Entrepreneurial farmers by trained SSPs will contribute to better yields, improved food safety and a reduction in health & environmental hazards. It is anticipated that the trained SSPs will be providing service to an estimated 7,200 farmers annually. County stakeholder forum meetings are running concurrently with the trainings. The stakeholder meetings are aimed at introducing and marketing the trained SSPs to horticulture stakeholders active in the counties. Three of such meetings were held in Bungoma, Nyeri and Nakuru counties in the month of May 2017. The remaining stakeholder meetings in Makueni, Kajiado and Nyandarua counties are scheduled to be conducted in June 2017. The meetings were attended by stakeholders from Private sector companies, government parastatals, Research organizations, Universities, Financial Institutions, Agriculture industry associations, producer organizations, NGOs, and respective county government agriculture departments. The stakeholders were excited about the SSP concept and saw it as a solution towards improvement of food safety especially for the produce destined for the domestic markets. A couple of the private sector players in Bungoma and an NGO RTI International engaged in initial discussions with the SSP representatives to contract them for provision of pest and disease management services for the farmers within their networks. The meetings ended with calls to the stakeholders to offer support opportunities to the SSPs and market the SSPs amongst the farming communities.

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    Debriefing post field testing, Nidan, Samastipur

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • Day 4, enumerators shared experiences and suggestions for the surveys, at the debriefing session held at the partner office in Samastipur. Representatives from IRC, Weltlands and Akvo participated. Field level concerns and challenges were jointly addressed and appropriate changes were incorporated into the survey design.

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    Enumerator team, Watershed India, Nidaan Bihar

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • Local students team up as enumerators from data collection using Akvo tools, Watersheds dialogue, Bihar

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    Privatisation of water, Samastipur , Bihar

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • The government tubewell frequently broke down and is now a plastic covered stump. The family has spent close to INR30,000/- to sink its own tube well which is one of the few functioning pumps in the village in summer.

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    Enumerator training, Akvo Caddisfly, Nidan, Bihar

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • Enumerators receive hands on training for testing water using Akvo Caddisfly tools.

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    Handpump, Brahman tola, Samastipur, Bihar

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • This was one of the few handpumps that discharged water in this village. Most water sources were non functional due to the declining ground water levels in summer. The water flow was weak and had high iron levels. The broken platform and absence of drainage for runoff water from this water source is polluting the immediate environment, but the community does not seem worried about it.

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    Day 3, water point survey, Nidan, Bihar

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • The partner training included field tests. In the absence of maintenance support from authorities, most water points in this village in Samastipur have to be maintained by the community. Water quality tests have never been conducted. Villagers point out the colour of the water and the possibility of a high iron content. They don't know how to reach a laboratory. The Caddisfly tools conducted the first ever quality checks and confirmed very high levels of iron in the water.

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    Day 1, Watershed partner training, Akvo tools

    • by  Rajashi Mukherje
    • Enumerators from Nidaan, the local partner for Watershed India in Bihar were trained on Akvo tools. The team will collect information about the status WASH services, behaviour, water quality, WRM status etc. in 10 villages in Samastipur District in Bihar state. A three day training with field testing and simulation exercises were conducted by Akvo, south Asia team and supported by representatives from IRC and Wetlands International.

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    Training on Greenhouse Vegetable Production Starts under HortIMPACT

    • by  Bernard Ndolo
    • HortIMPACT has partnered with Latia Resource Centre, Delphy, Rijkzawaan/Kenya Highland Seeds, Koppert Biological Systems, Soil Cares and Bosman van Zaal and Hoogendon to improve the technical capacity of small and medium scale greenhouse farmers and operators. The business case was informed by need in the industry for professional technical support in greenhouse crop production. Many small and medium scale entrepreneurs have incurred losses and/or abandoned greenhouse production altogether because of limited knowledge and skills in greenhouse production of vegetables. The identified need for vocational training institutions like Latia Resource centre, a centre of excellence for greenhouse production of vegetables, to train practitioners in the industry necessitated this partnership that brings high level of expertise from the Netherlands. The objective is to deliver a practical course on greenhouse production of vegetables and pursue recognition by the industry to professionalize technical support. Training of service providers started in April and second ToT for Latia staff and independent consultants in the industry has just concluded in May. 18 trainers participated in the ToT, 13 drawn from Latia staff and 5 consultants. The two trainings have addressed technical knowledge in greenhouse production of vegetables and the art of training farmers. These trainings open the next phase of trainings to greenhouse farmers across Kenya with a focus on Kajiado, Machakos, Kiambu, Murang’a, Kirinyaga and Nakuru Counties. 150 greenhouse farmers across these locations have been mobilized into clusters for trainings that will start in June. The business case that runs to October 2018 targets to train at least 600 greenhouse farmers and greenhouse operators. And trigger appetite in the industry for professional support in production to increase productivity, improve food safety and reduce post-harvest losses for small and medium scale entrepreneurial greenhouse farmers.

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    Mise à niveau de l'Equipe terrain des SB de Yorosso

    • by  Mohamed DICKO
    • Dans la salle de réunion de l'ONG AMEDD, 08 agents de AMEDD et Oxfam dont une femme ont participé en ce 25.05.2017 à cette formation qui permettra de faire des mises à jour des activités du programme dans les 03 Sous Bassins du cercle de Yorosso.

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    Mock Drill with CPP at Amtoli Sadar Union

    • by  A.K.M. Rashedul Haque
    • A mock drill on disaster risk reduction held on 25 May 2017 at Chalavanga Maddhomik High school premises under Amtoli Sadar Union of Amtoli Upazila. The participants were local community people. More than 400 community people observed the live mock drill. The mock drill gave the clear massage on disaster risk reduction, mitigation, preparedness & early response. Upazila Agriculture Officer chaired on this occasion. All CODEC - SMART project's staffs were present. Local community people enjoyed the mock drill much more and lesson learned from that mock drill on disaster risk reduction.

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    tThe people have access to clean and safer water

    • by  Nicholas Bigirwa
    • Community members of Nkwiirwa village in Kasambya Sub county have reasons to smile after the development of Kanyandera water source. The people can now access clean and safer water. There was enthusiasm and great excitement after installation of the pump. The people actively participated in transporting construction materials to the site as well as constructing the fence around the developed facility. The trained Water Source Committee has generated a data base for all water users and to-date a total of 145,600 Ug shillings has been collected to provide for O&M of the facility.

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    Planning for Project Execution

    • by  Jitendra Ravi
    • Discussion with Akvo, IRC and Nidan about qualitative and quantitative data collection strategy

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    Feedback and planning meeting, watershed

    • by  ratnish verma
    • Participants. Ruchika Rajashi Guneet Ratnish Tirath Jitendra Post discussion on mapping, survey planning, PRA, FGD etc

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    Helping communities in the Mara to safely harvest water.

    • by  Loise Wachira
    • Accessing water in most rural areas in Kenya is a challenge, community members have to trek for many kilometers to access this key resource. Around Sand river, in the Middle Mara River basin which is characterized by minimal rainfall all year round, access to water is worsened by competition for this resource with wildlife within the Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the environment. One of the key objectives under the MaMaSe programme is training on smart water use among the households and community at large. In Olderkesi which is located to the East of Maasai Mara, the programme has trained the community on ways to harvest water for both domestic use and for their livestock. The programme has gone a step further and provided a grant to the community where they purchased and set up water harvesting gutters and tanks. The exercise was carried out by the community members where 30 tanks with a capacity of 3,000 litres each, were distributed. To properly put up the tank, the homes needed to at least have iron sheet roofing which would collect more water instead of the traditional mud structures. The programme has motivated many to build better shelters. The beneficiaries contributed with the installation of the tanks. Being a community based effort to put up the tanks, this collaboration has gradually brought cohesion among the members.

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