The Samburu, inhabitants of Samburu County, a County that stretches north from the Wuaso Ng’iro River to the south of Lake Turkana, have traditionally been identified as a pastoralist community. But in recent years, climate change, population growth and urbanisation have invaded Northern Kenya, causing a reduction in natural resources and a dip in livestock prices. This, coupled with a lack of viable markets locally and overseas due to information asymmetry, has forced the Samburu Maa speaking people to go back to the drawing board in order to protect their livelihoods and develop coping strategies for economic survival, as they can no longer depend on livestock keeping as the only viable livelihood activity.
Resorting to agricultural crops in traditional maize growing in Kenya has exacerbated the socio-economic hardships of the people who have met with the challenges of governance that creates surplus in good times and shortages during unpredictable rain seasons thus attracting conflicts from migrating pastoralists’ neighbours.
Wheat farming, on the other hand, has over the years not yielded much income: the crop is dominated by those with machinery and capital, renting their land for a paltry Kshs. 200 annual leases with uncertain payments. Pollutants to the soils of the grazing fields due to poisoning through use of fertilisers and pesticides also affect crop yield.
Subsequently, NAITEMU NATURE PROMOTIONS, a home grown NGO has come in handy by offering sustainable solutions through planting of pyrethrum and glicidia tree. NAITEMU Stands for SUSTAINABILITY.
Our venture will offer hope once more through integrated empowering programmes: focusing on the wellbeing of people to benefit from ecosystem goods and services (as a right enshrined in the new constitution), on water and soil fertility, community development and research extension outreach.
Our pilot project has 17 Acres of pyrethrum using local labour and technical support from the Government keen to promote crops with farmers in Samburu County. It has been our dream going back three decades to act as a demo farm while sourcing materials from Pyrethrum Board of Kenya; my intention is to upscale, hand in hand with neighbouring farmers who are also pooling farm labour and earning income for their families in an environment with extremely limited opportunity for employment.
We have the Evergreen International Consultancy ready to work with us in technical support and international networking for the Gliricidia farming project.
The 13 Arid and Semi-Arid Counties in Kenya will benefit from the success of our CBO before we venture into the regional and African market. We seek to be a leading and transformational organization offering Consultancy Services and to promote the welfare of NATURE for current and future generations.