My name is Naanyu Manei, a 28-year-old Kenyan lady who has graduated with a Master’s degree in Agriculture Information and Communication Management from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.
Currently, I work in an international NGO as an agricultural officer among the Kenyan pastoralists. My passion has always been issues on environment, mainly through adaptation measures to climate change and variability effects.
Most of the people have heard about the Maasai community in Kenya. They have been branded everywhere on this globe mainly due to issues such as their beautiful attires, tourist attractions, conservative culture, and the many herds of cattle they have.
Unfortunately, little has been done concerning conservation of their environment. Due to their pastoralism nature, land division, charcoal business, and massive land selling for development, their lands have continued to be degraded day-in and day-out. This has affected livestock production which is their main source of livelihoods.
Adaptation measures to climate change’s negative effects, such as tree planting (afforestation and reforestation), conservation agriculture, and use of indigenous knowledge and techniques, is the way to go to save our environment.
Planting trees in such degraded lands will provide forest cover which will act as carbon sinks therefore significantly reducing the effects of climate change and variability effects on pastoralists.
I therefore want to initiate a project on establishment of tree nurseries in schools in Kajiado County where majority of the students come from pastoralist households.
I chose on schools because it’s easy to manage and hold the school responsible as well as most schools have sources of water supply that will be able to maintain the tree nurseries.
The schools will then form clubs of students who will be taking care of the nurseries. They will then plant some in schools and sell others to parents to go and replicate the same at home.
The parent and his/her child who is a student in the school will be responsible for trees taken to homes. The trees will be of indigenous species and fruit trees to also serve nutritional purposes. The schools will therefore act as tree seedlings banks for the community.
The project will observe conservation agriculture measures throughout the implementation period. After successful implementation of the project, our vision is to initiate carbon trading mechanisms with industries that are emitting a lot of carbon to the atmosphere.
The project will be measured in terms of number of tree nurseries established in schools and the number of students replicating the idea in their households.
The first steps will be :
- Identication of schools to initiate the project USD 500
- Training of students, teachers and parents on importance of trees, effects of deforestation, conservation agriculture, tree transplantation and post harvest handling of fuits. USD 500
- Preparation of tree nursery beds and installation of drip system- USD 3,000
- Buying of tree seedlings USD 500
- Monitoring and evaluation of activities USD 500
Being a young passionate lady, active in issues on climate change and adaptation among pastoralists, this will be an opportunity to transform so many young students to actively involve themselves in protecting their environment hence safeguarding their livelihoods and those of future generations.
Let’s protect and save Mother Nature.
Blogpost and picture submitted by Naanyu Manei (Kenya): kianyux87[at]gmail.com
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