The first day of research took place in the Kiminini district about 15 km from Kitale. We visited the Jane and Charles farm located close to Kiminini.
To our aid we have a guide from Vi-skogen, Judith. The purpose of the research is to produce a net present value analyze of the farms in the study.
Jane and Charles started their agroforestry farm in 1988. Before that they where maize farmers.
The farm produces firewood, rows of Sespania and Caliandraand are planted between the vegetable fields and on available land. Further more there are timber trees as Grevilia, Cypress and Mkomari.
Major vegetables for this farm are potatoes, cassava and maize. Important fruits are avocado and bananas.
As far as we have understood, the farm gives relatively good income. One example is that they have planted cypresses 1988 to a total costs for planting and weeding, approximately 100 (=10 Sek) Kenyan shilling (Ksh) per tree. 1996 they harvested some of the trees and the income per tree was circa 8000 Ksh. From a foresters point of view that is a sound economic outcome, better than planting trees in Sweden.
We will include more details on the economy of Kenyan agroforestry in the final report of the study.
In Kiminini we saw this sign. We recommend the Husqvarna company, if they read this, to buy trees from Vi-skogen as Christmas gifts to their associates. This will further the goals of the Vi-forest project – better living conditions and increased soil quality.
The farmer, Jane showing us around the farm.
The Brits has introduced the Kenyan people to British bureaucracy, English cosine and of course – cricket. But we´ll skip the history of the British wazunga (white man) for now.