Fertilizing Naturally Leads to Better Harvests

Shambani Village, Kenya


Shambani Village is one of the communities that has been trying to farm for years, but it has not been bearing meaningful harvest to the farmers. Approximately 90 percent of all villagers in Shambani were farmers but farming became a waste of time due to climatic changes. This phenomenon discouraged most farmers and led many to quit farming, only a few kept pressing on.


On our normal coaching and training program as part of our action plan, we recognized this farming challenge. We arranged a meeting with farmers and GHNI taught them another method of farming, different from what the villagers had been using. We taught them to put animal waste in their fields. This is a natural fertilizer and will strengthen the fertility of the soil. We coached them to prepare the soil and cultivated it well. Proper spacing of plants was also another method we taught as spacing will help during the time of weeding. After farmers got the skills on how they can plant and have good harvests, they decided to put it into practical use. The teaching came during the rainy season, which was a good time for them to plant. After a few months, farmers were really amazed as the new method worked well and it really produced a lot of food for those following the method. This has really motivated almost everyone who saw farming as a burden, and they are all now preparing their land since the method works so amazingly.


Joseph is one of the farmers who really followed GHNI’s teaching and he harvested enough food to feed his family this season and next. Joseph is thankful to GHNI for helping them change to a new way of farming that is productive to all. This will change the living standard of the Shambani community.


Transformational Community Development (TCD) Update


We held a meeting on the positive effects of education and sixty-eight villagers attended. A training was held for ninety-eight villagers to explain proper ways of extending water pipes. The Wellness Committee continued to teach malaria prevention and the coach went door-to-door to ensure villagers are following the prevention techniques. Farmers were taught how to use animal waste to fertilize their soil and there has been an improvement in harvests.