Improving soil and developing compost with a healthcare clinic in Kenya

Improving soil and developing compost with a healthcare clinic in Kenya

Location:
Kakamega, Kenya
GESI Team:
Parker Levinson
Partner:
Foundation for Sustainable Development
Development Sectors:
Health; Income Generation; Environmental Sustainability; Sustainable Technology
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Fall 2015

Project Background

In Fall 2015 GESI students interned with the NGO Nabwabini Environmental Health Care Intervention Programme (NEHCIP)  in Kenya to better the soil in an environmentally sustainable way. Western Kenya, especially the area surrounding Mumias, has very acidic and poor soil as a result of the long-term use of chemical fertilizer. Crop production decreases each year, and many farmers do not use fertilizer due to its cost.The clinic was working with community members to better the soil in the community, which was acidic and poor due to long-term use of chemical fertilizer. After researching sustainable farming practices, the GESI interns collaborated with a group of HIV-positive people who were affiliated with the clinic to develop a compost manual and purchase goats, whose manure was used as a method for returning nutrients to the soil.