The volunteers will be assigned specific tasks on the organic farm as captured in the detailed project description
Accommodatie en maaltijden
• Volunteers will stay in the institute’s dormitories that are shared with the students and there is electricity and water connection to the institute.
• Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
• KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own meals in turns.
• Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking water should be boiled or medicated.
• Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.
• The Government policy to install ICT in primary schools has seen connectivity to the national power grid for most educational institutions in Kenya and this makes it easy for volunteers to use electric appliances while at the project.
• Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks, games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) – and a lot of motivation!
Locatie en vrije tijd
Juja is a town in Kiambu County in Kenya. It is the home town for Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. It is also a constituency in Kiambu county.
The project offers an opportunity for volunteers to grasp the situation in Central Kenya that is an expansive region with more potentials for agriculture, commerce and industry.
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific tour information.
Below please find the outline of the tours offered:
-3-Day tour to Maasai Mara Game Reserve
-4-Day tour to Maasai Mara Game Reserve and Lake Nakuru National Park
-4-Day tour to Amboseli National Park, Lake Naivasha and Maasai Mara Game Reserve
-4 day tour to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation in Tanzania
These tours can be conducted either before the project or at the end of the project and for volunteers with limited time over the weekends within the project.
In case you are interested in any of the above tours and other tailor made tours, please feel free to contact us for more information
WHY ORGANIC AGRICULTURE?
• A problem in today’s agriculture is the need for cash. This need moves the nation as a whole and especially the farmer into cash crop farming. Most of which are non – food crops.
• The family food production is often neglected.
• This leads to poorer diets and poorer health of the farming community. The remedy for this situation is organic farming.
A JOINT STUDENT EXCHANGE
KIOF, is a long term training institution partnering with Rural Community in Development (RUCID) which is Uganda specialized in formal training in organic agriculture, community mobilization, processing and marketing of organic products (both local and export markets.
The nature of KOIF/RUCID collaboration include:
I. Joint programs for school leavers and rural youth in training organic agriculture at certificate and Diploma levels.
II. Awarding Certificates and Diplomas
III. Exchange of students to Kenya and Mityana, Uganda.
IV. Exposure to Biomedicine Medicinal herbs, product value addition and organic export marketing.
Students who participate in this program experience “hands on” learning situations in:
I. Organic production methods in crops and animal husbandry.
II. Organic products processing, value addition, and certification.
III. Organic packaging and marketing both locally and internationally.
¨ Students get a rare opportunity of doing their studies in both Uganda and Kenya
¨ Students Learn to travel across the Kenyan border s and gain cultured experience of other communities
Some of KIOF achievements.
Creating awareness and providing practical training in organic farming methods to farmers, equally men and women, the rural youth, extension officers, trainers and project managers.
Conducting on farm trials and data gathering in organic farming in medium and high potential areas in Kenya.
Gathering and disseminating information on organic farming throughout Eastern African region.
Stimulating the formation of organizations and networks on organic farming in Eastern Africa.
Facilitating marketing of organic produce.
Facilitating the understanding of organic standards.
THEME: ORGANIC FARMING PRINCIPLES
• Organic farming is based on mixed farming principles. Experiences show that mixed farming practices lead to better food and income stability. It does not exclude the cash crop but it puts it in the right place.
• The cash crop can become part of the farm’s crop rotation which puts emphasis on diversity of crops thereby raising the ecological balance of the farm. It provides a more complete diet for the family. Diversity in production means less risk, and better food and health within the farm.
• Production is based on maximum recycling of organic wastes and careful handling of manures and composts, careful soil cultivation and use of natural rock minerals, if necessary.
• Weed control is based on crop rotation and physical methods. Pests and disease control is sustained by understanding and maintaining physical, biological and ecological balances. These include traditional methods which are now being scientifically proven.
• The use of trees for shade, mulching, soil improvement, fruit, fodder and fuel production is of great importance, and correct understanding of their place on the farm is part of organic practice. Besides, trees protect the land from strong winds and improve the climate of the area.
• A fresh look is taken at the question of marketing. This is done with a view to improved understanding of the needs of the grower and the requirements of the consumer.
• Thinking in terms of organic agriculture means reviving and developing sound husbandry practices which include the human and the social surroundings of the farm. The farm is able to function as an organism in which all parts support each other.