It is unlocking information to small scale farmers like you and me that will feed this Nations not big organizations or governments.As we both know action speaks louder then words.That is why my interest in seeing this being implemented will set a precedent for the entire African Continent by to small scale farmers to promote sustainable food supply to effectively address issues of food wastage and spoilage.
With the right stimuli, delivered through a multi-pronged strategy, sustainable farming will take off in sub-Saharan Africa.
After an extensive period of research (2000-2002), African Christians organization Network (ACON) designed a Village Development Model (VDM) consisting of six major activities in consultation with the staff and board members of ACON who reflected on the community’s need to reduce and eliminate the causes of poverty among its most poverty stricken people. Since 2002 ACON has been introducing the VDM model in Western Kenya resulting in very positive life changing impacts in about 200 villages representing 125,000 households and 1,250,000 people.
The Village Development Model comprises innovative and local based and appropriate technologies to promote local resources and community mobilization as well as utilizing indigenous knowledge among rural poor communities.
Since the successful implementation of the VDM, ACON has become a fully registered non-profit organization in Kenya (May 2006). The current aim is to have a poverty-free and healthy population in a friendly environment through building capacity, enabling communities to respond appropriately to the changes and challenges they face. This is being accomplished through the empowerment of communities to value and build up-on their indigenous knowledge using local resources and initiatives.
This strategy includes:
Making and selling clean efficient biochar generating cooking stoves,
Making and selling water hyacinth fuel briquettes,
Making and selling water hyacinth liquid extract sold as a plant nutrient,
Making and selling fertilizer (enriched with biochar, chicken litter, and water hyacinth liquid extract as nutrients),
Training farmers and households on the use of biochar fortified organic fertilizers and permacultural methods of growing food crops,
Offering training services for other organizations wishing to start up all of these activities.
For more information relating to ACON’s history and current activities see: http://aconetwork.weebly.com/index.html