Akiro Amana Anailareng - Drylands Demonstration Site
Turkana is Kenya's 2nd largest county by land mass as well as its poorest. The region is classified as arid / semi arid with average daily temperatures between 30 - 40C and with an average annual rainfall of just 250mm, makes it one of its driest. The Turkana people are traditionally nomadic pastoralists who keep cattle, goat, camels, sheep and donkeys in large numbers and in recent years, due largely to prolonged drought and the continued over-exploitation of grassland, the area and its people are regularly classified as "highly vulnerable" as echoed by it's fragile ecosystems.
In June 2017, the Barefoot team were subcontracted by Tullow Oil to implement a series of permaculture sites in the South Lokichar region as part of their Livelihoods Programme.
Working with 6 selected women from the Nakukulas community, work began on 3 acres of communal land with the installation of a tree nursery and vegetable propagation units followed by an extensive agroforestry section, multiple demonstration beds including 250m2 under drip irrigation, innovative wastewater systems, a wormery and compost area that utilizes waste from Tullow's main camp on a weekly basis.
The site has hosted multiple visits from local communities, national interest groups and international visitors as well as hosted a number of well-attended workshops focused on introducing dryland permaculture and sustainable charcoal production. Looking ahead at 2018 we aim to host localised internship/ attachments opportunities as well as international volunteers and develop our animal systems too... stay tuned!
Kapese wastewater site
Our 2nd project site was initiated in November 2017. Located inside Tullow's internal operations base it covers 2 acres and is focused on the utilisation of wastewater for fodder production. Working together with the 'Young Star' community group all fodder produced on site will be sold - or utilised locally within a broader business capacity development framework.
Watch more eipisodes about our Turkana Demonstration farm from our partner’s online channel, The Urban Farmer, in their series - the Turkana Expedition!