Support Organic Coconut Plantation Training -Kenya
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We are organizing these efforts with the aim to empower the rural poor communities and the indigenous people by teaching and training them with skills that enables them to discover solutions in their local communities and help them be more economically i.

Support for Organic Coconut Plantation Training for Sustainability and Livelihood in Kenya.                                                                                 

In countries where source of socio-economic stability is centered in agriculture and the environment like in Africa, the cultivation system of either the government or its private sectors should be to provide the country and its people with competitiveness, after provision of basic needs for food security, resiliency of livelihood, balanced with conscientious use of resource and care for the environment.

Over the years, coconut farming has faced myriad challenges in Africa and other parts of the world with serious pests and diseases like Lethal Yellowing (LY) in Africa that took this tree of life’s ability to provide the people with the nature’s gift to help eradicate serious problems, such as hunger, poverty and economic instability.

From poor crop husbandry practices as a result of inadequate extension services to growers leading to a drop in the tree’s productivity, to the collapse of the sub-sector’s cooperative societies, it denied farmers the power and opportunities to the potential and capacities of this nature's tree wonder. This created an opportunity for middlemen to pay African farmers uncompetitive prices for their produce.

The study has initially revealed that coconut plays an important role with regards to:

· Ecology - it is the only tree that can grow and constitute a coastal vegetation;

· Socio-Economic - its cultivation is the most lucrative agricultural activity in the coastal zone and employs several social categories;

· Food - consumption of fresh green nuts and of coconut oil has many health benefits; not to mention other food and beverages that are produced using the extracts of coconut for its ingredients.

· Tourism - the use of dwarf varieties and sometimes hybrids for decorative purposes is very attractive in tourist areas.

The beauty of coconut is that when you produce one product, whatever comes in as a byproduct becomes a primary product for another chain. For instance, the shell of a nut (husk), which is usually wasted, can be processed into coco dust which is used in horticulture as a growing medium and can also produce activated carbon charcoal which could be used as an efficient fuel alternative.

Similarly, the coconut meat produces a variety of edible oils as well as desiccated coconut; while the fibre, which also largely goes to waste, can be processed into premium house material products or used to manufacture nets for use in greenhouses. The list is long.


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Despite these powerful gift, there are financial constraints experienced by small and medium farmers in Africa to expand these potentialities. The biggest challenge posed by the sector is low productivity of coconuts due to lack of knowledge and right growing, organically.

The only way forward is to teach right growing practices and improve their organic coconut plantation systems by education and training, thus, the benefits be optimized and break the compounding of problems and provide sustainable livelihood for their communities.

With efforts of Share-PEACE Permaculture in helping its rural communities to have better lives and sustainability and its partnership with Green Warrior Permaculture-Aid Philippines and Lionheart Co., this training specifically for Kenya will be possible.

Yongo Otienno Wycliffe is training in the 2nd largest coconut plantation in the world – the Philippines, and bring the organic coconut plantation system back to his people in Kenya. Lionheart Co. Kenya will also help make this project feasible.

We are organizing these efforts with the aim to empower the rural poor communities and the indigenous people by teaching and training them with skills that enables them to discover solutions in their local communities and help them be more economically independent.

We are working to take a stand in battle against any forms of binding poverty. The solutions to these problems are reachable by the individual's willingness to join hands and hearts and by taking courage to stand for the things you believe you can do. In this world, only our mind measures the limit to our possibilities.  

I am Jena Diwa, with my generous and loving friends in the Philippines - taking a stand in support for Yongo Otienno Wycliffe on this mission project.   

Thank You so much for your sincere hearts of generosity.

May the Divine Bless Us All as we work for the Good of All Humanity. <3       

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