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Climatic Adaptation Fund

We envisage a community that has adapted and is resilient to climatic change effects, more empowered, more educated and healthier than now

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

Palma Group Limited

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

If part of a multi-stakeholder entity (i.e. team), provide the names of other organizations and types of stakeholders collaborating with you.

1. Maseno Unversity - Department of Chemistry Maseno University Professor of Chemistry provides technical assistance with research and evaluation of the projects information 2. West Sakwa Development Forum This is an association of the residents of the affected region. They mobilize the grassroot people for the project 3. Palma Organic Farm Is a project of Palma Group Limited used for training and demonstration for the farmers before they are issued with the kits. Palma Organic Farm also acts as the main buyer for the produce from the contracted farmers.

Website of Legally Registered Entity

www.palmagroup.org

How long have you / your team been working on this Vision?

  • 1-3 years

Lead Applicant: In what city or town are you located?

Nairobi

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Nairobi, Kenya, Kenya

Your Selected Place: what’s the name of the Place you’re developing a Vision for?

The targeted region is along the shores of Lake Victoria in Kenya and Tanzania. The area is approximately 18,350 square kilometers

What country is your selected Place located in?

Kenya

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

The selected region touches on the two countries of Kenya and Tanzania. I am a resident of the selected region and I understand the community's challenges. I have lived in this region that borders lake Victoria in my entire life, now 49 years old and I can compare what the region used to be and what it is currently. This region was once a food basked, producing grains that would feed its people and they could even share with their relatives in other regions.

However, currently the region is faced with extreme poverty since farming is no longer sustainable as a source of livelihood. Main reason is climatic changes that has caused unpredictable weather patterns.


Describe the People and Place: Provide information that would be helpful for an outsider who has never been there and may have no context about this Place to better understand the area.

I remember in my childhood, food was not a problem. This is a community that had a deep rooted generosity in that a distant traveler on foot could lodge in any nearest home when the night falls, and he was guaranteed food, water and safety. He was even sent off with food to carry for his onward journey. However, things have changed to the extent that families cannot even feed their own children.

The farms are there and they seem fertile as they will blossom very well with any small amount of rain. But, most households have given up farming due to unpredictable weather patterns.

In Kenya, areas such as Yimbo, Sakwa, parts of gem, Uyoma, Seme, Nyando, Nyakach, Homabay, kadem are very much affected. In Northern tanzania, you will find similar situation in Shirati, Roria, Buturi, Kowak and Utegi.

School drop-out rate is very high, as high as 30%, especially for girls. Cases of early marriages are so common, where over 18% of girls are married off before they attain the age of 15. Illiteracy levels are very high and HIV/AIDS prevalence is also very high (25.7%). Reason for all these is poverty of knowledge and poverty of resources. The youths of this community used to have some good morals but currently there is a very high degree of “moral erosion”

Only remaining economic activity is fishing, where young boys and girls run to fishing beaches to try and make a living there. Fishing cannot absorb all of them, hence some end up in prostitution.

The region is largely inhabited by the Nilotic communities with very deep rooted cultural practices.

We used to hunt when we were young and I remember how it was enjoyable, not knowing that we were killing the earth. Today, those forests we used to hunt in are no longer there due to human activities. Wild animals have been cleared in most places. I remember how we used to kills some wild life just to feed our dogs with their meat. Today such animals are rare to the extent that we may soon eat our own dogs.

 On the contrary, the region has enough of water resources. In addition to lake Victoria, permanent rivers criss-cross this target region. These are rivers Nzoia, Yala, Nyando and Kuja in Kenya, and rivers Mori and Mara in Tanzania.

What is the approximate size of your Place, in square kilometers? (New question, not required)

-4

What is the estimated population (current 2020) in your Place?

4200000

Challenges: Describe the current (2020) and the future (2050) challenges that your food system faces.

The target region was once a "food-rich" region since agricultural productivity was very good. The ecosystem was good and both flora and fauna was thriving well. Despite the fact that illiteracy rate was high, the communities were able to cope and access their livelihood.

Looking at the current situation, some areas in this region has become semi-deserts. Cultural activities such as hunting and the family systems have led to the loss of wild life and well as the forests.

Farming is never a reliable source of livelihood since the harvest cannot be predicted, thanks to the unpredictable weather patterns. 

Food production has dropped drastically and this drop is occasioned by the following factors:

Drop in the number of farmer.

Some farmers are giving up on farming after suffering frequent losses due to erratic weather patterns.

Climatic change effects

These unpredictable weather patterns affect the timing of farming activities. As I prepare this document, it is raining heavily in my area, yet in December - February we expect a dry spell which we use to prepare the farms for the April – June long rains

I remember in my childhood, food was not a problem. This is a community that had a deep rooted generosity in that a distant traveler on foot could lodge in any nearest home when the night falls, and he was guaranteed food, water and safety. He was even sent off with food to carry for his onward journey. However, things have changed to the extent that families cannot even feed their own children.

The farms are there and they seem fertile as they will blossom very well with any small amount of rain. But, most households have given up farming due to unpredictable weather patterns.

In Kenya, areas such as Yimbo, Sakwa, parts of gem, Uyoma, Seme, Nyando, Nyakach, Homabay, kadem are very much affected. In Northern tanzania, you will find similar situation in Shirati, Roria, Buturi, Kowak and Utegi.

School drop-out rate is very high, as high as 30%, especially for girls. Cases of early marriages are so common, where over 18% of girls are married off before they attain the age of 15. Illiteracy levels are very high and HIV/AIDS prevalence is also very high (25.7%). Reason for all these is poverty of knowledge and poverty of resources. The youths of this community used to have some good morals but currently there is a very high degree of “moral erosion”

Only remaining economic activity is fishing, where young boys and girls run to fishing beaches to try and make a living there. Fishing cannot absorb all of them, hence some end up in prostitution.

The region is largely inhabited by the Nilotic communities with very deep rooted cultural practices.

However, the region has enough of water resources. In addition to lake Victoria, permanent rivers criss-cross this target region. These are rivers Nzoia, Yala, Nyando and Kuja in Kenya, and rivers Mori and Mara in Tanzania.



Address the Challenges: Describe how your Vision will address the challenges described in the previous question.

The social economic challenges of the people in the region are mainly due to poverty brought about by the climatic change effects. To help the people adapt and move on, there is need to introduce modern agribusiness technologies that can help these people to earn a living. 

Weather dependent farming is no longer sustainable here. However, t

lives should go on. 

That is why we want to introduce agribusiness systems that are not dependent on the external weather patterns. In mind are technologies such as greenhouse farming, irrigation technologies, bee venom farming, hydroponics etc. The goodness of these systems is that:

1. They take little space hence reducing land clearing, 2. Their profitability is much higher and 3. They need little labour/energy to produce

However, these technologies are still considered too expensive for the rural person. But looking at the higher return on investment, we realize that they have a very short payback period.

Agro Techno Fund intends to create a climatic Adaptation fund, a revolving fund that the people can use to access these technologies. 

Working closely with these farmers, we will steer them to making a good income and be able to repay the cost of the technology within one year. The funds will then be lent to other farmers and the fund revolves until the region has access to the technology.

High Level Vision: With these challenges addressed, now provide a high level description of how the Place and the lives of its People will be different than they are now.

In less than 10 years, we expect to see a community that is more focused on embracing modern technology and is making a sustainable livelihood. We expect to see the environmental flora and fauna blossom again due to the decreased activities involving land clearing.

We also expect to see a population that is capable to educate their children, access health services and is living a decent life. In general, we envision an empowered society.

A well fed community tend to be a moral community. A busy society has no time for social ills such as drunkardness, prostitution, stealing as everyone has a chance to make a living.

A little injection of capital in terms of revolving fund will go along way in creating thousands of opportunities indefinitely.

Full Vision: How do you describe your Vision for a regenerative and nourishing food future for your Place and People for 2050?

This vision inspires a great leap into financial well being of the rural persons, as well as help the environment to recover from decades of degradation. Reduced farming activities will lead to less clearing of the forests to pave way for farming. This will make vegetation to grow again, land to recover from overuse and the trees will grow again. In the long run, carbon emission will reduce considerably.

High value, non-labor intensive farming will mean high profits. Empowering the community economically will pave way for the improvement of literacy levels. The agribusiness activities will create employment and reduce village-to-fishing beaches migration, and this will eventually have a positive impact on social ills such as prostitution, crime and child labor.

Eating well will mean good health. Financial empowerment will mean there is affordability of balanced diet for the well being of the people.

Leveraging modern agribusiness technology to be used in fighting climatic change effects is what will drive us back to the original glorious environment we used to have. It is possible to recover the lost glory. What need to be done is financing the technological inputs to make it accessible to the rural poor.

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Hi Nicodem Mayison  Great to see you joining the Prize!

We noticed your submission is currently unpublished. Was this your intention? We'd love to have your submission included in the Prize. Even if you've not started populating your Vision just yet, by publishing your submission you can make it public for other teams in your region to see, get in touch and possibly even collaborate with you.

You can publish it by hitting the "Publish" button at the top of your post. You can also update your Vision at any time before 31 January 2020 by clicking on the "Edit Contribution" on top. If you need inspiration or guidance, take a look at the Food Vision Prize Toolkit.
Here is the link to the Prize Toolkit: http://bit.ly/2X4ZxQk

Look forward to seeing your Vision evolve through the coming weeks.

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Hello Itika,
I am finalizing on my solution and I will publish the draft in less than 3 days from now. I am waiting for some data from the ground. Thank you for the concern

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Hi Itika Gupta,
I have just published my first draft of my vision. Kindly read and I welcome comments.