Environmental Sustainability Opportunities in Kenya

The environment is an increasingly important issue in Kenya as those living below the poverty line directly and heavily rely on agriculture for sustenance.

With only 8 percent of the land capable of being cultivated for crops and 75 percent of the Kenyan workforce engaged in agriculture, Kenyan farmers face growing problems of soil erosion, deforestation, water pollution, and desertification.

The recent drought in 2006—the most severe in independent Kenya's history—devastated the country, leaving 3.5 million people with barely enough food to survive.

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In response to environmental sustainability issues, interns, volunteers, and donors work with FSD partner organizations in Mombasa and Kakamega to:

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  • Protect the Kakamega forest, Kenya's only mid-altitude rainforest and home to rare species of birds, reptiles, insects, and monkeys. Initiatives involve educating farmers to co-exist with the forest and offering lessons to local schools on ecology, agroforestry, beekeeping, and/or horticulture. Students are often taken on nature walks through the forest so they can experientially understand their environment.
  • Research various environmental issues and solutions significant to marginalized communities such as the effective removal of genetically modified organisms and the cultivation of alternative recycling methods that may be integrated with existing systems.
  • Teach community members to cultivate organic gardens at their homes to ensure proper nutrition for their families.
  • Research and develop methods for rural communities to access clean water and manage waste disposal.
  • Support the education of local farmers in the use of alternative agricultural methods to sustainably reap better crop yields.
  • Support an elephant sanctuary that generates revenue for contributing farmers, reduces human-elephant conflict, and protects plant species. Initiatives involve creating informational materials for ecotourists and providing marketing and business development consulting to further develop the sanctuary.

Read more about Environmental Sustainability programs and opportunities initiated by our Community Partners in Kenya.

For a description of the opportunities available in each development subject addressed by FSD in Kenya, click on the links below:

Microfinance & MicroenterpriseEnvironmental SustainabilityChild and Maternal Health
Youth Education & DevelopmentGender EquityApplied TechnologyHuman Rights

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