Agriculture For Peace Building Through Irrigation Farming (APBIF) Project

01 - Land Clearing

22/11/2018

With use of man power in clearing, it gives us control of selective land clearing for agricultural land. Land clearing increases agricultural land capacity enormously but it has to be done wisely. Selective clearing of land prevents cutting down of trees thus preventing an unstable environment that is detrimental to biodiversity. No soil disturbance will occur as man power is not track driven and also not mulching but cutting. Availability of a fully equipped technical team and safe operations, thus creating a short-term employment in an establishment of long term self-employment through agriculture.

02 - Borehole Drilling In Action At Margut

26/11/2018

03 - Tank, Solar Pump Installation & Fencing

27/12/2018

As soon as land clearing was done, the cleared land is fenced to prevent animals from encroaching into the land. 10,000 litres tank and a solar operated pump is installed. It took 4 days to complete installation

04 - Crop Nursery

09/01/2019

A small section besides and under the tank is fenced and set aside for establishment of a crop nursery. Crop development takes place in the nursery then later is transplanted in to the farm. 

05 - Ploughing

11/01/2019

After development of the nursery the land is tilled using machinery, thereafter it is wetted and and furrows are created. Field water pipes are installed.

06 - Planting

16/01/2019

After 2 weeks growing seedlings are transplanted from the crop nursery to the fields and watered by farmers.

07 - Farm Management Part 1

06/02/2019

Two farmers from the community, Mr. Gilbert in blue and his colleague assist in maintaining the farm by removing weeds from the farm and watering the plants.

08 - Farm Management Part 2

06/02/2019

Overview of a section of the farm in late stages demonstrating: 

  • Checking on pest and crop diseases
  • Thin poles plug into the ground to support tomatoes
  • Removal of weeds
  • Successful inter-cropping 

09 - Produce

14/04/2019

 

Farm produce at maturity ready for harvesting. The produce are healthy and free from diseases awaiting picking from the farm.

10 - Pilot Programme

24/05/2019

Baringo County is endowed with copious underground water, but unequally distributed through the region; yet less than 10% of its arable land receive benefits from water management. Moreover, the county is becoming extremely vulnerable to climate change, communities across the county are progressively dealing with climate unpredictability and weather risks. Dry spells are increasing and significant climate events such as distressing droughts are hitting some parts of the county more often, and there is an extremely crucial need to adapt new sustainable agricultural techniques.Smallholder farmers in the county have to shift focus from animal husbandry to both crop and livestock farming.

In the pilot project farmers use modest irrigation to farm their land. It facilitates farmers to attain a more profitable, reliable and sustainable production, intensify their resilience and alter their livelihoods. In this light, irrigation is very promising in Baringo County as it can promote rural development through food security, poverty alleviation and adaptation to climate change.

Whereas at national level, adaptation and mitigation involves a combination of investments in infrastructure and policy adjustments, more of on-farm adaptation is self-directed and depend on smallholder farmers. For this reason, there is a variety of technologies and good practices that are adapted to climate blows that need to be recorded and scaled up in the county and replicated in other counties. Furthermore, Baringo county is characterized by a wide variety of agro-ecologies and different access modalities to natural resources. These needs to better apprehend and further modify agriculture to guarantee resilience to growing climate hazards.

This pilot project is in collaboration with a self-help group who have come together to address the social-economic problems facing them as a community. They really need agricultural practice for livelihood sustainability among many other things. The Margut Community women will also see to it as big relief as currently they walk long distances looking for water for their domestic use through the water development section of the project.

The community access water from a river which is over 10km away. The river is contaminated by human activities such as bathing, cloth washing and grazing animals hence making its quality poor and unsafe for human consumption. In some homes they have been boiling the water before use which is environmentally costly. Many go back to taking raw water hence becoming victims of water borne diseases. The self-help group consists of 7 members whereas there are 500 households in the area where the pilot project operates who are also benefiting from it directly.