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How Can We Inspire andEnable Communities to Take More Initiative in Making Local Environment Better?

Potential Development for Dry Land Rural Environment.

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Arid and Semi Arid Land zones suffer climate change distress promoting unbearable extremity. Prolonged drought, extreme heat, hunger, malnutrition and poverty. The communities live a cycle of dependency life pattern, believing their environmental challenges belong to the government. Young generation migrate into urban centers in search of unrealized employment, while the rural generation overuse the available earth resources for their survival. Climate change effects promote land degradation, crop failure, and unpredictable rain pattern. Yet the same zones have the deepest red soil ideal for agriculture, graced with ecology that restore nitrogen into the soil, while the land alleviation is ideal for irrigation practices. The soil is very compacted, so that whenever rains fall, only 45% of the rain water serves for biodiversity while 55% runs off into water ways and rivers promoting soil erosion effects. Dry lands have large seasonal rivers, young idle generation, and 75% of the country population depends on the ambient resources. SAPRO Planet Company motivates the small scale farmers to accept the potentiality of their environment, and also desire to learn how to protect the earth resources in order to increase productivity and promote profitable livelihood. We collaborate and also partner with specialized institutions, relevant technical experts, government institutions to ensure effectiveness and community skills development. Our small holder farmers are encouraged to evolve regulatory procedures for better governance. 1) Who will benefit from this project? Small holder farmers collaboration with water experts help them to harvest surface water and store it into small dams lined up with canvas dam liners. Each dam has capacity to hold 72 cubic liters of water; and each farmer is encouraged to create twin dams so save overflow water. Farmers are also encouraged to plant crops in zey-pits of 2 cubic feet. Each pit is based with bio waste, and filled with to soil blended with organic manure. The crops planted in such pits are deeply rooted, and protected from sun rays evaporation. The earth also benefits from moisture sustenance into the soils. Since the land is well adulated some farmers are encouraged to direct water run-off into their farms to create wet lands. 2) Are we implementing an eligible County? Yes. Makuueni County communities are members to ministerial departments that capacity build the farmers. 3) Who will implement this project? Our project entails saving of earth resources, ( water, soil, and ecology) Water technical experts, agriculture service providers, forestry department, and specialized institutions contribute to the capacity building workforce. 4) How is your idea unique? Whenever the farmers plant ordinarily, crops failure is experienced. Our project is unique since it saves earth surface from soil erosion, shallow water dams serve as Green House Gas sinks, and creation of wetlands also protects land from extreme heat. Water availability enables small scale irrigation and food security. 5) How has your idea changed because of community feedback? Firstly, our farmers have remarked that creation of small dams is only for small scale food security. The dam liners are likely to fail depending on the rainfall capacity. The technology calls for irrigation costly inputs (drip lines, water pump and also a storage tank. Human and wildlife conflict interferes with the crop security and the dams are also threatened. Some unanswered questioned:- 1) We have not yet identified a greater capacity water experts who can invest in " Seasonal River Water Harvesting for Capital Agribusiness" 2) We have not yet succeeded in community involvement understanding of their environment protection obligations. 3) We are yet to find a partner who can work with us, helping the government to achieve Rural Industrial Development Transition in the areas of small holder farmers in capital business development, processing and packaging and equitable business growth. One of the promising environment protection project is "Bee Keeping" for it encourages tree planting and also promotes ecosystem process. We are yet to find a partner who can facilitate modern bee keeping and sting less bees. 4) Environment protection and conservation is very broad and requires great capital stakeholder ship.

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