Plenty Food started this year (2017) the Plenty Fruit Forest Project with Sadhana Forest in Kenya. Plenty Food, thanks to its donors, makes this project possible through financial support and advice. In this project, Sadhana Forest supports families near the Sadhana Forest with training and fruit trees. The goal is to support the local families by making them more self-sufficient and to create more green areas to these degraded lands.
At the end of April 2017 the count stood at 87 fruit trees planted by 42 families spread over three villages. The families received training in groups or by personal guidance and several checkups.
The fruit trees were first grown on the tree nursery of Sadhana Forest by both volunteers and local residents. Then, the fruit trees that are selected by the families are planted via the proven and trained method, see: Sadhana Forest videos. Branches, nets etc. Are placed around the trees to protect it from animals.
Sadhana Forest is an initiative that has been running in Kenya since 2012 and has been successfully set up in India and Haiti. The mission of Sadhana Forest is to develop a food-producing and self-sustaining community in a forest built with permaculture and agroforestery methods in a previously degraded landscape.
In Kenya, the project has been set up in the Samburu district, which is collaborating with the local Samburu people. The Samburu are traditionally nomadic tribes who live from keeping cattle. Cattle for these people, apart from their source of income and form of savings, is also a status symbol. The subsequent large numbers of cattle, goats and sheep have caused this region to be grazed and browsed almost bare, for several years it has also suffered from drought by the absence of rain.
As you will understand, it is therefore a challenge to show people in this region that there are other ways of living where cattle and meat do not have to be the basis of existence, and overgrazing by too many animals exacerbate climate change. We keep track of Sadhana Forest and the Plenty Fruit project and we will keep you posted.