14 to 22 February 2015 TRIP REPORT – VISITS TO FARMS
The week spent in Kenya in the second half of February saw all commitments and scheduled meetings met, while also gave us interesting new ideas to work on in the coming months.
Visits to farms: invited by the President of Karibuni Onlus, Mr Gianfranco Ranieri, whom we thank, on Thursday 19th February TotaLife visited the Karibuny-funded farms in the Langobaya area in order to evaluate potential new projects to be implemented.The creation of these farms – four facilities to date – covering areas ranging between fifty and one hundred thousand square meters, where agriculture and livestock breeding can be practised and learnt, is another example of planning that is already a reality for many African charities, one which allows to address several basic needs.
The goals that can be reached through the implementation of such projects can be summarized as follows:
- To provide employment opportunities, by hiring local people and therefore creating a source of income for them;
- To teach them the basics of farming: the vast majority of people living in rural areas in Africa is absolutely devoid of the most basic agricultural notions (rotation, irrigation, fertilization, etc.);
- Making the farm self-sufficient through the sale of its products and then able to generate an extra profit, through which it would be possible to fund new investments within the farm;
- To be able to provide meals to school children, by giving surplus produce to kindergartens and primary schools;
- To ensure greater food security for all and to improve greatly the quality of life, by liasing with schools in teaching pupils the importance of farming and the basics of agriculture.
The project described was fully implemented by Karibuni in their Flora Shamba, TEIV and Maji farms, the latter built on a land owned by the Maji Langobaya Primary School, which appreciates the importance of agricultural education and training.
The creation of such a farm, after completion of the necessary feasibility study, might well be one of TotaLife next projects.