The project’s main goal is to contribute to poverty alleviation and food security through improved food production. However, during the second half of 2012, increased alignment was made to improving land and water management interventions, increased productivity and adoption of adaptive mechanisms to drought and climate change.
Although the alignment to the Resource Management Program came late in this project, it’s key outputs reflect the program’s five themes. The project is in its third year of
implementation and is funded by the Italian government, through funds administered by IFAD through the Italian Development Cooperation of Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The project’s third objective targets the enhancement of soil fertility and harnessing livestock manure use to improve agricultural productivity. In an effort to promote soil fertility and water management, Africa Harvest distributed 4,800 seedlings of Leucena spp, 600 seedlings as well as four kilograms (seeds) of Calliandra spp. Apart from agro-forestry tree species for enhancing soil fertility, Africa Harvest promoted growing of cowpea, which fixes atmospheric nitrogen to the soil, to enhance soil fertility. Promotion of multi-purpose nitrogen fixing tree species undertaken will result in improved soil fertility at the farm level. In this regard, provision of fire wood and fodder bank establishment was intended to foster a vibrant crop-animal-tree system. In this initial period all the households benefited from training on adoption of soil fertility enhancing technologies