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Project Name: Kenya Institute of Organic Farming
Dates: 6th to 27th June 2020
Orientation: 6th June 2020
Travel to the Project: 7th June 2020
Project closure: 27th June 2020
Travel from the project: 28th June 2020
Location: Kiambu County, Central Kenya
Theme: ORGANIC FARMING PRINCIPLES
The Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) is an officially registered
technical training institution NO. MOHEST/PC/1361 and Non-government
It is situated in Juja off – Thika highway, near Ndarugo Motel.
KIOF launched its first activities in 1987 – The Farmers Training and
Extension Programme, which aimed at bringing the awareness of the
challenges associated with conventional chemical farming (fertilizers and
The advantages of environmentally – sound-farming methods, appropriate
to small-scale farmers led to widespread public interest in the programme.
Numerous requests were received from development organizations in
Eastern Africa for training in organic farming.
After the initial strong growth, KIOF found that there was necessity to
verifying some of the organic methods adopted by farmers.
KIOF therefore started looking into opportunities for on-farm trials and
research so as to supply relevant back up data.
A Programme to incorporate youth training in organic agriculture was
launched in 1995. This led to an Organic Agriculture Certificate course with
the aim of assisting the youth to develop careers in Organic farming. A
diploma programme was launched in 2004 and the Certificate Stream
gradually phased out.
The Diploma Programme takes 2 years of theoretical and practical learning.
Due to the growing interest in this field and high demand for profession
knowledge in organic agriculture, KIOF launched a 2-year Distance
Learning Diploma program in 2006.
A RENEWED APPROACH TO AGRICULTURE AND THE
Organic farms and gardens have been operating years in many
countries and climates. By reviving and developing sound husbandry
practices they have shown that it is possible to combine good yields
with high quality produce, lasting soil fertility and improved overall
The Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) aims at making this
experience available to all farmers and other stakeholders.
KIOF connects itself especially with the small – scale farmers who
make up the majority of the farming community in Kenya. It is the
small – scale farmers who are, in effect, the care takers of the natural
environment. KIOF wants to stimulate better management of the
environment by starting with sound agricultural principles on the
KIOF organizes training sessions for groups of farmers: women
groups, youth and other CBOs in the rural areas. KIOF comes into
contact with these groups through various organizations, churches,
government institutions and individuals.
AGE: Volunteers have to be at least 18 years old to participate in the work
camp. There is no upper age limit`
PROJECT ACTIVITIES WHY ORGANIC AGRICULTURE?
A problem in today’s agriculture is the need for cash. This need moves
the nation as a whole and especially the farmer into cash crop
farming. Most of which are non – food crops.
The family food production is often neglected.
This leads to poorer diets and poorer health of the farming
community. The remedy for this situation is organic farming.
A JOINT STUDENT EXCHANGE
KIOF, is a long term training institution partnering with Rural Community
in Development (RUCID) which is Uganda specialized in formal training in
organic agriculture, community mobilization, processing and marketing of
organic products (both local and export markets.
The nature of KOIF/RUCID collaboration include:
I. Joint programs for school leavers and rural youth in training organic
agriculture at certificate and Diploma levels.
II. Awarding Certificates and Diplomas
III. Exchange of students to Kenya and Mityana, Uganda.
IV. Exposure to Biomedicine Medicinal herbs, product value addition and
organic export marketing.
Students who participate in this program experience ―hands on‖ learning
I. Organic production methods in crops and animal husbandry.
II. Organic products processing, value addition, and certification.
III. Organic packaging and marketing both locally and internationally.
̈ Students get a rare opportunity of doing their studies in both Uganda and
̈ Students Learn to travel across the Kenyan border s and gain cultured
experience of other communities
Some of KIOF achievements.
Creating awareness and providing practical training in organic
farming methods to farmers, equally men and women, the rural
youth, extension officers, trainers and project managers.
Conducting on farm trials and data gathering in organic farming in
medium and high potential areas in Kenya.
Gathering and disseminating information on organic farming
throughout Eastern African region.
Stimulating the formation of organizations and networks on organic
farming in Eastern Africa.
Facilitating marketing of organic produce.
Facilitating the understanding of organic standards.
TYPE OF WORK CAMP: AGRI
Volunteers will work for six hours daily from Monday to Friday. They will
work together with the local community members on the following
Manual work and Intercultural activities:
Volunteers will be assigned tasks to work on the farm and this will
include office and field work
PROJECT PARTICIPANTS: Maximum 20 volunteers from Kenya and
the international community
What to carry?
This is outlined in the detailed info sheet and includes, sleeping bag and
mat, toiletries, torch/flashlight, sandals, mosquito net, national flag from
your country, among others
DONATION AND GIFTS:
These are usually symbolic gestures to enhance the solidarity of volunteers
and the hosting community. Kindly contact KVDA for details in case you
are willing to support a worthy cause in the community either by offering a
donation or long-term intervention on the project.
THEME: ORGANIC FARMING PRINCIPLES
Organic farming is based on mixed farming principles. Experiences
show that mixed farming practices lead to better food and income
stability. It does not exclude the cash crop but it puts it in the right
The cash crop can become part of the farm’s crop rotation which puts
emphasis on diversity of crops thereby raising the ecological balance
of the farm. It provides a more complete diet for the family. Diversity
in production means less risk, and better food and health within the
Production is based on maximum recycling of organic wastes and
careful handling of manures and composts, careful soil cultivation
and use of natural rock minerals, if necessary.
Weed control is based on crop rotation and physical methods. Pests
and disease control is sustained by understanding and maintaining
physical, biological and ecological balances. These include traditional
methods which are now being scientifically proven.
The use of trees for shade, mulching, soil improvement, fruit, fodder
and fuel production is of great importance, and correct understanding
of their place on the farm is part of organic practice. Besides, trees
protect the land from strong winds and improve the climate of the
A fresh look is taken at the question of marketing. This is done with a
view to improved understanding of the needs of the grower and the
requirements of the consumer.
Thinking in terms of organic agriculture means reviving and
developing sound husbandry practices which include the human and
the social surroundings of the farm. The farm is able to function as an
organism in which all parts support each other.
Orientation: Will be done on 6th June 2020 at KVDA Residence in
Nairobi and the team will leave for the project on the morning of 7th June
Airport pick-up services:
This will be done subject to provision of full flight details.
The port of entry to Kenya is Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in
Volunteers will stay at KVDA Residence in Nairobi at a subsidized fee
The project participation fees that is all-inclusive for the 3-week work camp
is Euro 300
INSURANCE: KVDA does not provide insurance and volunteers should
obtain travel insurance cover. It is a good idea to get medicine you are used
to from your home country and seek advice from your personal doctor.
WHAT DOES THE PARTICIPATION FEES COVER?
Project preparation cycle, return transfer from the airport and the project,
KVDA administration, orientation, certificate of participation, project
coordination, facilitation, evaluation and monitoring
WHAT IS NOT COVERED?
Excursion activities, local travel while in the community, personal effects,
needs and wants.
KVDA offers educational tours to spectacular sites including the renowned
Maasai Mara Game Reserve at separate fees. Please contact us for specific
ACCOMMODATION AND MEALS
Volunteers will stay in the institute’s dormitories that are shared with
the students and there is electricity and water connection to the
Volunteers have an obligation to climb down the level of the people
with the aim of exposure to development challenges.
KVDA will provide foodstuffs and volunteers will cook their own
meals in turns.
Water is available from springs and it is recommended that drinking
water should be boiled or medicated.
Mineral water available at supermarkets is also recommended.
There is electricity connection to the institution and the volunteers
have an opportunity to use electric appliances
Furthermore, we invite you to bring typical food, spices, drinks,
games and music from your country (for an intercultural evening) –
and a lot of motivation!
LANGUAGE: English is the language of the work camp. There will be a
possibility of learning Kiswahili and other international and local languages
as cultural diversity is a major component in international service
Below is the emergency contact for Kenya Voluntary Development
KVDA Administration: +254721 650 357
PROJECT DETAILED INFO SHEET: Will be sent to the volunteer
sending organization as soon as the application is accepted by KVDA
CONFIRMATION DEADLINE: Should be done via e-mail at least one
month before the start of the project.
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