Maize is a Kenyan staple crop. But it needs high amounts of fertilizer and water to do well. Hence maize is among those crops that dry up fast when the rains don´t come at the right time or in sufficient quantity.
Members of the umbrella organization and the Gaketha group have started a pilot project to grow a drought-tolerant sorghum variety. In addition, they will plant sweet potato vines and cassava tree cuttings which they will get from the Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI) in Embu. These varieties will take only 3 months to mature.
Mugo has donated a part of his land for the project. All crops will be grown organically.
|The land has been cleared.|
|a lesson on contour leveling|
|A board member learns how to use a spirit level.|
|Mr. Njue digs terraces along the contour lines.|
|breaking down the soil for easier planting and germination|
|measuring the distance between the planting holes|
|cassava cuttings and sorghum seeds from KARI|