Laikipia Wildlife Forum News Updates

In our edition this month….
  • The "game changer" in Mukogodo
  • More Ccrop for a Ddrop of Water!
  • Big Step in Wildlife Monitoring for IlMAMUSI Rangers
  • Smart Water For Agriculture Fund
  • One Dog At A Time!
Farming in Pastoralist Communities:
"This is a game changer!"
Grace Korosian is a resident of Arjiju, a village located at the periphery of Mukogodo Forest“My name is Grace Korosian, I was born and raised here in Arjiju Village, Makurian Group Ranch.

A few years ago, we were just pastoralists keeping only livestock, like most Maasai Communities. But we were introduced to crop farming by agricultural extension officers who visited our village. In our first harvest, we felt the joy of harvesting our own produce without buying as we would always do. We had been enlightened!

Back then, women like myself grew “sukuma wiki” on sacks behind our Manyattas and we would water them. This was the alternative source of food. But then, our farming practices attracted unwarranted visitors to our doorsteps. We had “someone else” harvesting our sukuma wiki – the Elephants!

Read the story of Grace Korosian Here

Learn more about the Disney Conservation Project in The Mukogodo Landscapehere

More Crop for a Drop of Water!
The 5th edition of the Farmer’s Day was organized by the Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP) and brought together over 25 exhibitors and 250 farmers from 15 Water Resource User Associations (WRUAs) in the counties of Meru, Nyeri and Laikipia.

"Managing the scarce water resources: That’s what Smart Water For Agriculture is all about – farmers learning about how they can reap more crop for a drop of water.” SNVs Joyce Karimi, said

The Farmer’s Field Day was hosted at a model farm owned by a small-scale farmer, Mr. Patrick Maina and his wife. They are water champions, who have really adopted best water practices. Their farm provides experiential learning for farmers and is a success story in the Upper Ewaso basin.

Want to be a part of the #MoreCropOneDrop water battalion? Want to join MKEWP in future Farmers Field Day? Please contact Water Resource Specialist James Mwangi

Big step in Wildlife Monitoring for IlMAMUSI Rangers
The Rangers from 4 group ranches after a three-day training on wildlife monitoring
ILMAMUSI CFA chairman Mr Tema presents a GPS gadget to a Ranger.
ILMAMUSI Community Forest Association (CFA) rangers underwent a 3-day training on the use of Geographical Positioning System (GPS) for wildlife monitoring, data collection, and reporting.

The training was held at the CFA headquarters – Loragai office in Laikipia North Sub County, was organized by LWF and assisted by the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT).

The rangers were trained on the use of Wildlife-Conservancy Management Monitoring System (Wildlife-CoMMS) – a ranger-based monitoring tool for wildlife and illegal activities.

Read More on Progress in Mukogodo Here

Smart Water for Agriculture Fund to benefit farmers
Forty local SACCOs met to learn how their members can access the newly launched Smart Water For Agriculture (SWA) Fund to invest in sustainable solutions in small-scale farming.

The activity, organized by Mount Kenya Ewaso Water Partnership (MKEWP), had the Kenya Union of Savings & Credit Co-operatives Ltd (KUSSCO) talk to the local SACCOS.

As part of SNV’s goal to link farmers to sustainable water technologies, the SACCOs were also introduced to private service providers. Members can use the Fund to access money to buy irrigation kits from these providers.>>>

Shots from September!
Join the Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign this October
Last year the LRVC vaccinated over 9,000 dogs in LaikipiaThe Laikipia Rabies Vaccination Campaign (LRVC) starts this October and will run for 8 weekends. The campaign’s focus is in rural communities, which have the greatest risk of rabies exposure as well as the least access to rabies vaccination and treatment.

However, this year the campaign will also include semi-urban centres with relatively large dog populations, such as Nanyuki.

The campaign is targeting 15000 dogs this year and is counting on your support!
Support the campaign here or talk to Campaign Manager James Ngatia for more information on how you can support this ambitious goal.

Together we can make Laikipia Rabies Free, One Dog At A Time!

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