In a significant stride towards bolstering climate action and promoting sustainable agricultural practices, the Association of Women in Agriculture Kenya (AWAK) conducted an impactful training session on Agroforestry and Soil Health. The event took place at the Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI) Tiva Woodland Center in Kitui County.

The event was a remarkable success, drawing participants from various corners of the county. Collaborating closely with KEFRI and the Agricultural Extension officers from the Ministry of Agriculture, AWAK orchestrated an enlightening session. Farmers were equipped with a comprehensive understanding of Agroforestry concepts and the intricate interplay between Agroforestry and climate change. The training emphasized the profound contribution that Agroforestry can make to the environment, food security, and economic empowerment.

One of the highlights of the training was the hands-on exploration of diverse tree species and their adaptability to different ecological zones. With an eye toward practical implementation, each farmer was encouraged to identify ten tree species suited to their individual preferences and local conditions. These selected tree species will be provided to the farmers in October, right in time for the rainy season. This strategic timing aims to ensure optimal growth conditions as the county endeavors to increase its tree cover.

During the training, AWAK was honored to host Dr. Luvanda, the Regional Director of KEFRI. His presence underscored the significance of this initiative in the broader context of environmental preservation and community-based climate action. Dr. Luvanda commended AWAK’s dedicated efforts in fostering sustainable agricultural practices and championing climate action at the grassroots level. He urged the participating farmers to serve as catalysts for change within their communities, driving impactful climate action initiatives.

AWAK’s commitment to nurturing a greener and more resilient landscape resonated strongly throughout the training. By equipping farmers with the knowledge and tools necessary for Agroforestry and improved soil health, the organization is not only fostering a stronger bond between agriculture and the environment but also sowing the seeds of empowerment and prosperity. The training’s success serves as a testament to the collective potential of collaboration and education in tackling pressing challenges like climate change.

As AWAK and its collaborators continue to cultivate these positive changes, the ripple effects are anticipated to extend beyond individual farms, creating a wave of sustainable practices that will reverberate throughout Kitui County and beyond. With climate champions emerging from these initiatives, Kenya’s agricultural landscape is poised for a more resilient and harmonious future.

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