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Sustainable Horticulture Practices in Kenya: The CSCP Trains Local Farmers as Part of the GOALAN Project

How can we support Kenyan farmers to adopt and successfully implement sustainable horticulture practices that preserve local ecosystems and promote socio-economic development? In January 2019, the CSCP will deliver the first training of series for farmers and entrepreneurs around Lake Naivasha, Kenya. With partner WWF-Kenya, the CSCP will provide tailored knowledge about sustainable consumption and production methods for the local horticulture sector.

Kenya is known for its rich wildlife and its popular national parks. However, from an economic and development perspective, Kenya also strongly relies on agriculture. In particular, horticulture is key to Kenya’s economy. In 2016, it contributed USD 1.03 billion to the country’s GDP. Nevertheless, if not properly managed, the agricultural sector can cause serious environmental and health-related impacts, such as unsustainable water consumption, pollution and unhealthy food products due to the overuse of fertilisers and pesticides. The GOALAN project (Green hOrticulture At LAke Naivash) aims to tackle these challenges through knowledge and awareness raising activities targeting smallholder farmers as well as micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs). GOALAN aims at strengthening both institutional and entrepreneurial knowledge and skills to mainstream sustainable horticulture practices in the country, in line with the Green Economy Strategy and Implementation Plan (GESIP).

The CSCP will deliver the first training in the second half of January 2019. The objective of this initial training is two-fold: to provide farmers and entrepreneurs with general knowledge about sustainable consumption and production; and to enhance their technical skills to foster the practical adoption of sustainable farming practices.  .

This first training kicks off a series of training modules to gather feedback, track and revise the training activities to best address local knowledge needs and expectations of farmers and entrepreneurs, enabling the long-term adoption of sustainable horticulture practices beyond the project timeline.

For further questions, please contact Kartika Anggraeni.

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