Mukau trees at Nyongoro, with one of our two buses in front of the magnificent baobab tree; the green leafage proof that the climate here – closer to the ocean – differs from Kiambere, where there were no leaves on the baobab trees. As stunning as these trees are with their green finery, when the only thing you see is the very peculiar and unique silhouette of the tree itself, without leaves, it’s even more special. Not for nothing are they called the life of trees.
At the Nyongoro plantation which is a total of 32 000 hectares large, only about a thirtieth of the land has been planted, if my memory (and hearing during the visit) serves me. The Kiambere plantation has been visible on Google maps for years, and now you can see the Nyongoro plantation there as well.
However, the plantations are just one aspect of the tree plantation of Better Globe Forestry. Since 2016 there is an active and growing outgrower-program in place with partner farmers, some of whom we got to visit. Once contracted, the partner farmers (about half of whom are women) basically get free business development from the Agroforestry Agents employed by Better Globe Forestry, helping the farmers in many ways, both relating to the planting and caring for the mukau trees themselves, as to how they can increase their yield by improved irrigation, mulching and so on.
One farmer we talked to told of mukau trees he’d planted before becoming a partner farmer, comparing them to the ones he’d planted since (with his newly gained knowledge, courtesy of the training he’s entitled to as a partner farmer). Guess what? In but a few years, the mukau trees he’d planted after becoming a Better Globe partner farmer had already outgrown the older trees. Knowledge of proper spacing, planting, watering, mulching and so on, transformed into practice makes a difference!
Advent Calendar for 2019: sharing pictures and stories/reflections from my trip to Kenya in June. I went to visit “my trees” and get a hands-on experience of the social entrepreneurship of the Kenyan forestry company that I buy trees through.
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4 thoughts on “Advent Calendar – December 19, 2019”
Men så intressant – samma sorts träd, men olika lövade beroende på klimat?
Och mest: WOW för skillnaden för den bonden du beskriver. Coolt att du är med och hjälper till så.
Ja – precis. Det var “vinter”, eller åtminstone torrsäsong när vi var nere. Men inne i landet väsentligt torrare, där hade baobabträden fällt alla sina löv, medan närnre kusten såg det ut som du ser på bilden.
Och ja – det gör verkligen skillnad och jag är inibänken stolt över att det jag kan bidra med gör stor skillnad!
Och jag tänker att du, genom att skriva den här adventskalendern också arbetar aktivt för förändring!
Ja, jag vet ju redan att det inspirerat andra att köpa träd, vilket ju är ett sätt att säkra förändring!