A high percentage of the population in Kenya is engaged in agriculture. As a result, involvement in agriculture projects is a given for MCOH. Our first step was to hire an agricultural specialist who engages with the farmers groups to provide training on improved farming techniques, and introduction of new varieties of drought and pest resistant crops. As well, we also train farmers in new varieties of livestock, rabbits, and chickens.
School Feeding programs
In Mikinduri, seven schools have established feeding programs using school lands. MCOH partners with the community to make these programs possible. This presents a wonderful opportunity to provide training on new techniques like drip irrigation, peddle pumps, pruning, and fertilization. It also allows the community to introduce new varieties of crops like sweet potatoes and moringa trees. The students’ parents tend to the crops, which are then used to feed the kids. The parents obtain education on improved farming techniques and are given seeds for their own gardens. It is a win-win situation for all. Parents are contributing to the improvement of their own lives, and the students thrive having more energy to be able to concentrate, play sports and socialize.
Kinwe Community Center
This building, sitting on ten acres of rich land, acts as a training and resource facility, where demonstration plots are used to promote improved agriculture outcomes, and more and consistent farm incomes. We are always trying to find ways to generate revenue, create jobs, and develop sustainability, which a basic premise of all our development work.
The facility also contains our staff office space, as well as a posha mill.