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PIKALISHE-household bioseptic and biogas digester integration in farming interventions

Climate smart food production cycle in a clean environment of zero degrees global warming impact among the smallholder farming communities

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Lead Applicant Organization Name

LIMAFRICA AND AGRISOLUTIONS COMPANY LIMITED

Lead Applicant Organization Type

  • Small company (under 50 employees)

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

  • 1-3 years

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

Migori county,kenya

Lead Applicant: In what country are you located?

Kenya

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

Nyanza province in western kenya in an area covering approximately 150,000km^2.

What country is your selected Place located in?

Kenya

Describe your relationship to the place you’ve selected.

Being brought up in poverty stricken nyanzan part of kenya,its ever been a desire to reduce poverty through various interventions, through the smallholder farmers majorly affected.this influenced my choice to select this locality.its become particularly important by the added advantage of having persued an agricultural degree course which is directly applicable in alleviating food crisis due to my familiarity with the area. I was born and brought up in the area.The western Kenya counties are adversely affected by high Prevalence rate of HIV/AIDS that still stands at 48%, more so among the energetic population of men, women and youth. High death rate of men caused by this menace and the higher poverty level in the western Kenya counties have left widows, young women and youths vulnerable to livelihood maintenance for their households. The western Kenya counties are in the lower rift valley, Nyanza, and west Kenya. It has 2 rainy seasons with temperature average of 26.40C in a year and average rainfall of 1124mm. the precipitation varies 191mm between the driest month and the wettest month. Throughout the year, temperatures vary by 2.20C. the driest month is July and most of the precipitation here falls in April. This area is mostly composed of loamy soil. It has a population of approximately 11,144,625 covering an area of approximately 123,677.7 square kilometers. The western Kenya  border Lake Victoria to the west.


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.

Nyanza has majorly the luo inhabitants.they are boardered to the west by luhya community and to the noth by the kisii and kalenjin communities whom they peacefully coexist. All who live The western Kenya counties.The western Kenya counties are in the lower rift valley, Nyanza, and west Kenya. It has 2 rainy seasons with temperature average of 26.40C in a year and average rainfall of 1124mm. the precipitation varies 191mm between the driest month and the wettest month. Throughout the year, temperatures vary by 2.20C. the driest month is July and most of the precipitation here falls in April. This area is mostly composed of loamy soil. It has a population of approximately 11,144,625 covering an area of approximately 123,677.7 square kilometers. The western Kenya counties is as mapped below, bordering Lake Victoria to the west.Poverty is widespread among the community. The overall poverty level stands at 72% of the project locality population. This means that more than half or majority of the population is in some state of poverty. This level of poverty has implications on the project locality efforts in development initiatives since no meaningful development can take place with   more than half population still unable to meet their basic needs. The causes of poverty are diverse and include; low farm yields due to poor agricultural practices such as mono farming, lack of good modern farm equipment, technology and techniques; poor communication  infrastructure such poor roads, for instance the whole of the division does not have a tarmac road, mobile phone access among the communities is low; inaccessibility to credit facilities; high rate of deaths due to HIV/AIDs; lack of electric power, lack of access to clean piped water; and cultural beliefs and practices

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

13000000

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

The current challenges include Food wastes from the farms that generate over 11% of human made greenhouse gas emissions from 2010-20, about 30% of the food produced is not eaten and the rotting food produces methane that is 25times more potent than carbon dioxide. Also, Red meat produced from these farms generates half of all methane emissions which rise due to increased demand for beef across the world and as the world’s population swells to 10 billion by 2050. Notably,a challenge is that Soil is being lost 100times faster than its being formed in the farming areas and half the fertile top soil on plants has been lost in the past 150 years. Soil erosion releases carbon into the air and can also lead to flooding, desertification and pollution. Humans are thus impacting more than 70% of earth’s ice free land and causing the land to degrade. Therefore 57% of human made emission come from farming for food production including forestry farming but there’s hope if all the humans can act to burn the harmful greenhouse methane gas generated from the farms in the food production activities,in the race to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees centigrade.

Poverty is widespread among the community in. The overall poverty level stands at 72% of the project locality population. This means that more than half or majority of the population is in some state of poverty. This level of poverty has implications on the project locality efforts in development initiatives since no meaningful development can take place with   more than half population still unable to meet their basic needs. The causes of poverty are diverse and include; low farm yields due to poor agricultural practices such as mono farming, lack of good modern farm equipment, technology and techniques; poor communication  infrastructure such poor roads, for instance the whole of the division does not have a tarmac road, mobile phone access among the communities is low; inaccessibility to credit facilities; high rate of deaths due to HIV/AIDs; lack of electric power, lack of access to clean piped water; and cultural beliefs and practices. The trend in poverty indicate a possible increase in the levels of both overall and food poor in the project locality, unless urgent measures both short term and long term are put in place.

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

With the vison of a Climate smart food production cycle in a clean environment of zero degrees global warming impact among the smallholder farming communities of nyanza in kenya, limafrica and agrisolutions is making agricultural interventions of value chains including horticulture,staples,poultry and dairy through buy back contract farming. To save the environment amidst addressing these challenges, of reducing poverty,inclusion of PIKALISHE aims at a climate smart food production of zero greenhouse gases emissions apart from avoiding food wastages. All these interventions lead to food production for economical income empowerment in sales of the produce and household use for nutritional and dietary improvement apart from restoring the delapidated  lake victoria environment inclusive of addressing reforestation issues adversely affecting the community.

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.

With an enlighted community on agricultural production,the interventions herein mentioned are projected to impact at least 100,000 smallholder farmers per year. This translates to dissemination of over 100,000 biodigestors to the smallholder farmers households with a significant annual reduction in greenhouse gases emissions to below 5%.the interventions look forward to planting approximately 10,000,000 new tree seedlings per annum in the area of intervention to help in curbing climate change repurcussions through the smallholder farmers which will ultimately change the rainfall pattern from the current unreliable rains.the 100,000 smallholder farmers per year are to continue in the current buy back contract farming scheme which is projected to impact every farmer from current survival on below a dollar a day to survival on at least 5dollars a day due to economical empowerment through value chain productions. This vision also looks forward to improve the nutritional status in the intervened persons for dietary improvements. Being a technologically new innovation,theres hope for high adaptability in the locality. Empowering the smallholder farmers economically has a high impact in changing the negative cultural vices in  the community since income generated sustains their livelihoods in a way that leverages the idleness which would lead them into the vices.same effect is in policies review and undertakings in regards to safe agricultural intervention.

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

With an enlighted community on agricultural production,the interventions herein mentioned are projected to impact at least 100,000 smallholder farmers per year. Empowering the smallholder farmers economically has a high impact in changing the negative cultural vices in  the community since income generated sustains their livelihoods in a way that leverages the idleness which would lead them into the vices.same effect is in policies review and undertakings in regards to safe agricultural intervention.this translates to dissemination of over 100,000 biodigestors to the smallholder farmers households with a significant annual reduction in greenhouse gases emissions to below 5%.PIKALISHE is a biogas digester designed for use by the smallholder farmers in buy back contract farming with LimAfrica and Agrisolutions ltd Company. Biogas is a mixture of different gases (primarily carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen sulfide) which when oxidized, releases heat as fuel for cooking or converted to electricity for lighting. Biogas is a renewable energy subsidy since its production and use cycle is continuous without generating no net carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. PIKALISHE is therefore a system facilitating the anaerobic digestion of the organic and animal wastes to produce the biogas for the smallholder farmers’ household use. This reduces pressure on wood fuel from cutting down trees, reduces disposal of organic wastes into the environment that generate greenhouse gases, provides organic fertilizers for farm use thus strives to reduce greenhouse gases emissions therefore leading to a climate smart agriculture along the Lake Victoria region in west Kenyan counties of intervention.also this intervention looks forward to planting approximately 10,000,000 new tree seedlings per annum in the area of intervention to help in curbing climate change repurcussions through the smallholder farmers which will ultimately change the rainfall pattern from the current unreliable rains.the 100,000 smallholder farmers per year are to continue in the current buy back contract farming scheme which is projected to impact every farmer from current survival on below a dollar a day to survival on at least 5dollars a day due to economical empowerment through value chain productions. This vision also looks forward to improve the nutritional status in the intervened persons for dietary improvements. The systems approach in this vision is based on buy back contract farming scheme with the smallholder farmers in nyanza, kenya deeply rooted in the community of intervention for an impactful transformation of livelihoods. The inspiration lies in impacting lives agriculturally in a safe environment,conserved by humanity especially the smallholder farming folks.

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Hi Limafrica Agrisolutions  welcome to the Food System Vision Prize Community!

It is lovely to see you draft out a Vision for your region towards renewable energy solutions for the food system. How might you detail refine your Solution to make it a 2050 Vision that can inspire your region towards a regenerative futures?

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