Improved food and nutritional security.
The aim of this project is to encourage and support farmers to grow trees on farms for improved food and nutritional security. Previous research has indicated that crop yields can be doubled by incorporating the right trees and management practices into agricultural systems.
The project will focus initially on Kenya and then extend the appropriate agroforestry technologies to East Africa. The project aims to reach large numbers of farmers in rural regions where an estimated 10 million people are facing acute food security issues.
The development of a micro Demonstration Farm in the Tigoni area of Kenya, will promote sustainability practices ranging from recycling and waste management to food and nutrition security. Idili's demo farm will foster practical learning for young people and further reinerate the important goals of stewardship and sustainability. Bill Mollison, a founding father to the Permaculture revolution put it simply, “Although the problems of the world are increasingly complex, the solutions remain embarrassingly simple.” Having this Demonstration Farm makes the ‘simple solutions’ well-known to students and the wider community of Kenya, East Africa, and throughout the world.
Research & writing.
In addition to developing improved food and nutritional security, elements included in this project will incorporate reestablishing the watershed, protection of water resources, as well as creating and implementing permaculture designs for individual communities. A subset of the ISFSP project would be teaching more sustainable and healthier ways of cooking and use of limited resources. Active research and writing is a valuable element of this project.