ALIN Awarded 2011 Access to Learning Award by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

James Nguo, ALIN Regional Director, rejoices after the announcement in San Juan, Puerto Rico by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Photo: © BMGF

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Upcoming Open day

This is to inform all the followers that Kyuso Maarifa centre will be holding a wonderful open day which will bring together all the stakeholders in Kyuso and the lines ministries. The open day will involves farmers coming to learn various climate change coping mechanism from others, techniques to ensure there is food security in Kyuso. The participants will also be sensitized on the integration of ICT in other fields.   The theme of the day will be: Promoting information technology for food security and climate change. The expected chief Guest will be the Provincial Director of Agriculture (PDA) and the host guest will be The DC- Kyuso.
Other contributors will be:
1.       ALIN HQ
2.       Drought Management Officer
3.       Kenya Adaptation to Climate Change in Arid Land
4.       Catholic Diocese Of Kenya 
5.       ACTION AID
7.       MUKY ORDAP - CBO
8.       WEMHIS

Friday, July 6, 2012

Kyuso Maarifa Centre organise a motivation day

Kyuso Maarifa centre has been offering advisory services to the arid lands communities of Ukambani since 2005 . Most of the advices has been on agricultural , climate change  and marketing information to the farming community in the area. A broad survey carried out by the Field officer Mr. John Njue shows that the youth has not been embracing Agricultural activities since after competing their secondary eduction level they migrate to urban centre. Most of the youth especially Young boys of this area end up in Garissa, Nairobi and Mombasa and less are left to venture in economic activities in the area.

Kyuso Maarifa Centre has decided to be organizing motivational days twice a month especially to the ICT trainees in the centre so that they may embrace development activities such as agribusiness, value addition and self employment.

This month the centre held one where 60 participants (15 Male 45 Female ) participated. The trainees were briefed on the importance of career development since most of the youth thought computer training at ALIN was enough to drive them into employment. What came out of the meeting is that computer skills is a support to a course that one will take.

The trainees were motivated a were told to be aggressive, determined and courage in live. The field officer used a quote by Churchill to put this through: "Success is not final, failure is not fatal. It is the courage to continue that counts." – Churchill 

The meeting was coordinated by the ICT trainer Mr. Julius Matei and an Intern Miss Joyce Nafula Wasike.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Demo Plots the way to go

Demonstration plot is a farm unit assigned for testing and validation of techniques and agricultural products.
Many organizational and government departments  in Arid and semi arid areas of Kenya have tried different ways of disseminating information to the local communities.
In Kyuso district, Kitui county of Kenya Non-Governmental organization  and line ministries  have adopted demonstration farm as a dissemination period.
This method is able to reach even the illiterate and semi illiterate since the techniques involves observation rather than listening and talking.   
Demonstration plots has been used the ministry of agriculture, Action Aids and Kenya red cross where through Demo Plots, Farmers Learn the Value of Improved Seed.
 I would strongly recommend the training of local farmers through demonstration plots and field days through out the country. 

Purpose of Demo plot
     (a) Test New or improved varieties of agricultural and horticultural crops.
     (b) Handling and management of different kind of soils.
     (c) Learn the adaptability of certain soils to certain crops.
     (d) Test and vailde Improved cultural methods in the growing and harvesting of crops.