These trainings involved topics such as soil fertility management, composting, decomposed manure, mulching, making of enriched raised beds to plant vegetables, ecological pest management, vegetable nursery establishment, integration of agroforestry trees in the garden and long term garden sustainability. The training focuses on the use of locally available materials/ organic.
These usually do not cost the beneficiary much but then the returns are high. Locally available plants like tithonia that add phosphorous to the soils and chicken poop that is very rich in nitrogen are added for soil fertility improvements.
- Use of Double Dug Beds: Double dug beds involve digging, removing and manuring the top soil, loosening the sub soil then adding organic, manure then returning the top soil. Double dug beds ensures the soil is well aerated, well-nourished and retains moisture. Additionally it ensures efficient use of space and niche planting.
- Raised enriched Beds; the beds are usually made to 1.5 meter wide, organic manure added and vegetables planted at the recommended spacing.
- Soil fertility Improvements: a number of soil fertility improvement methods are promoted by DIG, these include; composting, use of
decomposed manure and manure tea.
Key Benefits of the Project
The program enables communities to practice sustainable agriculture for improved nutrition, food security, climate resilience and household income.