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VANILLA FARMING COLLABORATIVE INITIATIVE.

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  • nafsiafricaacro
    vanilla is making an importance in linking up the Nairobi urban youths and the rural youths through a social agricultural initiative. Hands of love(H.O.L.S),
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 3, 2007
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      vanilla is making an importance in linking up the Nairobi urban
      youths and the rural youths through a social agricultural initiative.
      Hands of love(H.O.L.S), an organization working with youths and
      HIV/AIDS infected and affected persons from poor backgrounds
      recently gave us an amazing account during one of our Project
      management course field study.

      It is an organisation in the heart of Kibera slums, running a number
      of projects dependent on the funds from donors.
      As one of their sustainability strategies, they have opted to extend
      a collaborative arrangement with organisations in the rural areas.
      In one such arrangement, they are planning to start a social
      agricultural project with Nyeri farmers where the proceeds from the
      produce would be shared in a percentage basis.
      The major interest is the venture in planting vanilla (a new crop
      introduced in Kenya).
      Vanilla farmers in Nyeri rake profit as high as ksh 40,000 per
      kilogramme of the dried beans.
      This comes as a great opportunity that would provide a bridge
      between the urban and rural poor striving towards sustainable
      livelihood.

      In my next entry i will explore more on this crop(vanilla), taking
      particular interest on the Nyeri vanilla farmers, the problems they
      face, their needs, and how the introduction of this crop is a boost
      to food production and how the initiative diversify farming options.
      Report has been provided through the help of Hands of love
      (handsoflovesociety@...)

      KENNEDY .O. OWINO
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