Welcome to Feeding Futures

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day…
Teach him how to fish and you feed him for life.”

In partnership with school communities, Feeding Futures provides school meals for children and teaches them and their community, yield increasing and sustainable farming methods. After working in Ngwataniro since 2010, we currently work in the rural village of Mukinyai in the Molo region of Kenya. This followed a seminar where a partnership was created with stakeholders and a meeting with members of that rural community. The people there are all farmers and mostly struggling to meet their family’s daily needs.

Testimonials from the school children

  • “We are motivated to remain in school and we have enough strength to keep us in class and do exercise in the field.” (Susan, Class 6)

  • “I have learned a big lesson from Feeding Futures that it doesn’t require one to be very rich to help a person in need.” (Susan, Class 6)

  • “This is a new dawn to our school community because never had anyone dreamt of such a huge solution to food shortage and hunger in school-going children.” (John Nderitu, Senior Teacher)

Hear from our farmers

  • Mary Wairmu: “I have learned a lot from our Feeding Futures trainer. I used to harvest 4 bags [90kg per bag] of maize but now harvest 8.5 bags in the same area. Even more important than that is due to new ways of planning and managing my shamba I now always have something that is ready to harvest and eat. Before, I would go hungry while waiting for a long time for my one crop to be ready.”

  • Stanley Tilalli: “The training has been good. I used to farm like a lay man but now I can proudly show you I am doing it professionally. I used to have land of 3 acres but could not use it as I had no seeds and lacked know-how. Now I use all 3 acres and rent even more! I had 1 cow and now have 3 cows and a donkey to help me! My advice to others: 1 – You can’t advance on your own – we need to work together and help each other; 2 – You can’t advance without being ready to learn and work hard.”

  • Ruth Wanjiku: “I used to look for labouring jobs each day with a small group of friends. At first they couldn’t understand why I was wasting my time learning but they now see a changed person in me and come to find out how I managed it. I have shown them how to change their plots and have shared my seed with them. Now, instead of them crying to me for cabbages, we have planted and will watch our cabbages grow together. I can now employ day labourers myself when there is too much for me to do. I am now a proud employer and not a labourer. I have also managed to send my children to secondary school and I have helped others – even by renting land for my friend.”

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Making a difference with partnership

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WE BELIEVE IN PARTNERSHIP

We believe in partnership so in November 2019 trustees visited Mukinyai Primary School Community to meet with parents of children at the school. Many in the community have been involved in the farm training. Much encouragement was given for their hard work in starting to use conservation agriculture. As the soil is healed through the use of rotation, mulching, organic fertiliser and composting, each year the benefits of their labour will be seen in better crop yields.

Traditional methods of farming are common in rural Kenyan communities.  The need to increase food production from healthy fertile soil as the population increases and climate changes, requires behaviour changes to implement proven methods of small scale farming. In any society, a major change in habits takes time. Feeding Futures provides school meals in the short term whilst giving training opportunities to parents and other members of the community to enable them to live sustainably in the longer term. We call this Sustainability through Partnership.

Each partner has responsibilities and these are demonstrated in the Timeline that has been agreed by the community and is displayed for all to see on the kitchen block at Mukinyai. From January 2020 parents are taking responsibility for the provision of breakfasts.

  • Climate change in Kenya is a reality – the rain can no longer be guaranteed to arrive ‘on time’.

  • There are no instant solutions to poverty – Time and effort are required.

  • Crop rotation, minimal tillage, mulching and composting + hard work are needed to sustain food supply.

  • Partnership is the way to achieve Sustainability for Mukinyai.

In any partnership, building working relationships are essential. Mukinyai Community have repeatedly expressed their gratitude when visited by trustees from the UK with comments like “you come all this way to help us – thank you”

Enjoying school dinners for the first time

EVERY MOMENT COUNTS

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.

A hungry child needs food NOW! When Feeding Futures started in 2010 it eventually provided cooked school meals  to over 700 children each day. This kindness was good in that the children ate during the day. Then the community were asked ‘how could they provide the food for their children?’. They wanted to learn how to increase crop yields so they could sell some and pay for the food or use the extra yield to give to the school kitchen. Conservation farm training was started.

Some took up the opportunities and some didn’t. Before working with the next school we wanted to learn from previous experiences. The things that worked were reviewed. The challenges faced were examined to find solutions.

Partnership is the key and how this looks in our 10th anniversary year is very different to 2010.

Will you partner with us to celebrate TEN YEARS of learning and change in order for us together to lift more families into sustainable living?

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As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

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Sustainable farming tactics

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SUSTAINABLE FARMING TACTICS

“Sustainable farming tactics, such as healthy soil, are critical for increased food production. At the community meeting powerful soil and compost techniques were demonstrated.”

  • Minimal soil disruption

  • Mulching

  • Composting

  • Crop rotation

Conservation farm training empowers small rural farmers to diversify crops and increase yields. As the soil is improved through the use of rotation, mulching, organic fertiliser and composting, they will see year by year the benefits of crop yield increases.

Traditional methods of farming are common in rural Kenyan communities. The need to increase food production from healthy fertile soil as the population increases and climate changes, requires behaviour changes to implement proven methods of small scale farming.

In November 2019, trustees from the UK visited the Mukinyai Primary School Community to meet with some of the parents of children at the school. Many parents and other community members have been involved in the farm training and were encouraged that their hard work in starting to use conservation agriculture was recognised. In any society, a major change in habits takes time. Feeding Futures provides school meals in the short term whilst giving training opportunities to parents and other members of the community to enable them to live sustainably in the longer term. We call this Sustainability through Partnership.

Each partner has responsibilities and these are demonstrated in the Timeline that has been agreed by the community and is displayed for all to see on the kitchen block at Mukinyai. From January 2020 parents took responsibility for the provision of breakfasts. The dark green row indicates the responsibilities for Feeding Futures each year. And the lower row shows how the school community take over responsibility as they learn and use conservation farming methods. 

A happy man with a healthy crop!

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Community hand-washing improves hygiene!

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Community hand-washing improves hygiene!

Community hand-washing improves hygiene! So, encouraging hand-washing in the community became an immediate focus to achieve higher standards of hygiene for all partners in the community. This required sharing the concept of TipTaps with as many families as possible. They are made by individuals to enable hand-washing without touching a tap or bar of soap. Using a foot pedal avoids hand contact with bacteria and viruses that can live for some time.

A UK visit to Mukinyai was planned from 13-27th March. Due to quarantine rules for incoming flights from areas affected by Covid-19 introduced on 12/13th, the visit was postponed.

The two weeks since have changed life dramatically in the UK and Kenya. Thanks to technology we have been able to communicate well with each other across the 6580 miles that separates us.

Mukinyai Primary school, along with all schools in Kenya, closed quickly. Even so, continuing to pay Feeding Futures staff in Kenya during the challenging time was an important decision.

A trial Tip-Tap demonstrated by the Chair

A TipTap to wash hands safely.

Apart from a TipTap to wash hands safely another priority is the health and safety of Feeding Futures workers in Kenya. In line with Kenyan health ministry advice, social distancing was introduced. Wherever possible travel was restricted and staff advised to work from home. The staff continue to communicate with the community and provide telephone advice. Thus support for conservation farming methods are maintained during the pandemic to ensure there is a food supply later in the year and hand hygiene maintained.

Care for Creation

Care for Creation is a Kenyan station accredited by Foundations for Farming. A planned visit took place without the UK visitors. But, it was really helpful for Joseph, Naomi and Sam. They learned a lot and have provided excellent feedback about actions that will help the ongoing development of conservation farming. There is nothing like freshly picked food. So producing vegetables close to the home is helpful for maintaining the freshness of “todays” meal. Creating vegetable bags or keyhole gardens is one example seen here. And these are to be encouraged because many homesteads have to travel to their land in the forest for food.

Creating vegetable bags

More study

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there is time for more study, staff are researching information about community development and school feeding programmes. This will assist as plans are made to explore the development of new partnerships for the future.

Meanwhile, whilst the school kitchen is closed, the cooks have been redeployed to care for the demonstration plot at the school. 

Potato crop on the demonstration plot

Cooks working on the school demonstration plot and a good crop of potatoes coming soon!

 

Partnership with a primary school community

June 18th, 2020|0 Comments

PARTNERSHIP FEEDS CHILDREN

Collaboration

Partnership with a primary school community can help modify the effects of climate change. As Kenya continues to experience climatic extremes, rainfall patterns cannot be guaranteed. As a result rural farmers in our partnership found they did not have enough food to feed their children. Consequently, this has an impact on the health of the children and their families. Training in farming methods encourages the community to improve their health through increased food security.

Because the soil is often poor for multiple reasons Feeding Futures partners with the Mukinyai School Community to provide practical training opportunities in conservation agriculture. The soil can be enriched; water can be retained and erosion reduced. So, if the soil is treated with care and respect, crops grow better and healthier and this leads to enriched lives for that community.

  • Climate change in Kenya is a reality – the rain can no longer be guaranteed to arrive ‘on time’ as in previous years.

  • There are no instant solutions to poverty – Time and effort are required by all of us.

  • Crop rotation, minimal tillage, mulching and composting + hard work are needed to sustain food supply

  • Partnership is the way to achieve Sustainability for Mukinyai.

Join us in partnership with a school community

Partnership with Mukinyai Primary School Community is about building working relationships that work. As the Mukinyai Community have seen us working with them, they have expressed their gratitude for everyone who supports Feeding Futures. During visits by UK trustees we have heard comments like “you come all this way to help us – thank you”

In this TENTH anniversary year, why not partner with us and play a part in the transition from reliability on external help to independence and sustainable for rural communities. Please contact us to find out how you can help. Thank you.

 

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Feeding Futures has made a difference.

What will you do to make a difference?

CHANGE A LIFE TODAY

As long as poverty, injustice & inequality persist, none of us can truly rest. It doesn’t take much to change a life, Get in touch today and start making the difference.

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