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Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association

Participatory Ecological Land Use Management (PELUM) Association is a network of Civil Society Organizations / NGOs working with Small-scale farmers in East, central and Southern Africa. The Association membership has grown from 25 pioneer members (in 1995) to  283 members in 2018.  PELUM Kenya is the Kenyan country chapter of the PELUM Association and has a membership of 55 Member Organizations.



Our Thematic Areas

Climate Change Adapatation

The goal of PELUM Kenya’s interventions on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in to improve the resilience of small scale farmers and pastoralists against climate change. Of particular is the creation of awareness on the subject of climate change and its effects in genera; but in particular to highlight the manifestations already all around us. PELUM Kenya shall keep urging the policy maker at County, national and regional levels to integrate CCA issues in to policies and in particular provide more support to communities to respond, cope and bounce back from the negative effects of climate change.

Advocacy and Communications

PELUM-Kenya is aimed at ensuring effective Information sharing and knowledge management through an efficient hub at the PELUM Association Kenya Country Secretariat (Office). This programme is also responsible for advocacy alongside all PELUM Kenya thematic areas of climate change, sustainable natural resources and agro-enterprise. PELUM Kenya contributes to policy processes and decision making processes that are supportive to the interests of its Member Organizations and Small Holder farmers in the fields of agro-ecology.

Agro-enterprise Development

The goal of PELUM Kenya in its promotion of agro-enterprises is to enhance the household income for Small Holder Farmers through agro-enterprise and market development. PELUM Kenya ha been involved in agro-enteripise and market development , intentionally incorporating emphasis on agro-ecologically appropriate farming practices Of particular interest are production and marketing of ecological organic products and healthy foods. The programme focuses on up scaling best practices such as PGS certification of organic products, information sharing, promotion of microfinance practices, market linkages and capacity development.

Sustainable Natural Resources Management

The goal of PELUM Kenya’s engagement on Sustainable Natural Resources Management is to promote wide spread adoption of sustainable natural resources management practices by small holder farmers and pastoralists. PELUM Kenya will contnue to promote afforestation, re-afforestation and agroforestry. Through this programme, PELUM Kenya engages in massive tree planting on the World Environment Day. Tree planting shall also be integrated in various programmes and projects including promotion of trees of different values to the targetted communities namely; timber, medicinal, fruit and soil fertility improvement. Nature Based enterprises such as bee keeping and capapcity are strategies that the programme will enhance


Membership in various counties in Kenya, click on the map to see members operating in the regions.

Upper Eastern and Northern Kenya Zone Nairobi/Central Zone Nyanza Zone Western Zone Central Rift Valley Zone Lower Eastern & Coastal Zone

Upper Eastern and Northern Kenya Zone

  1. Community Initiatives for Rural Development (CIFORD)
  2. Anglican Development Services Mt. Kenya East (ADS MKE)
  3. Rural Initiatives Development Program (RIDEP)
  4. Community Environmental Forest Action (CEFA)
  5. Nainyoiye Community Development Organization (NCDO)
  6. Pastoralists Community Initiatives and Development Assistance (PACIDA)
  7. Food for the Hungry Kenya (FH Kenya)
  8. Caritas Meru
  9. Laikipia Permaculture Centre(LPC)

Nairobi/Central Zone

  1. Sustainable Agriculture Community Development Programme (SACDEP)
  2. Grow Bio-Intensive Agriculture Centre of Kenya (GBIACK)
  3. Organic Agriculture Centre of Kenya (OACK)
  4. Youth Acton for Rural Development (YARD)
  5. Resources Oriented Development Initiatives (RODI) Kenya
  6. Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF)
  7. Institute of Culture and Ecology (ICE)
  8. Community Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection Program (COSDEP)
  9. Real Impact for Sustainable Growth Organization  (REAL IMPACT)
  10. Arid Lands Information Network (ALIN)
  11. Kenya Organic Agriculture Network (KOAN)
  12. Permaculture Research Institute (PRI)
  13. Self Help Africa (SHA)
  14. CARITAS Nairobi
  15. Community Action for Rural enhancement (CARE) Murang'a
  16. Africa IPM Alliance (AIA)

Nyanza Zone

  1. Community Mobilization Against Desertification (C-MAD)
  2. Community Rehabilitation and Environment Protection Program (CREPP)
  3. Nyanza Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development Programme (NARSADEP)
  4. Agricultural Community Empowerment Program (ACEP)
  5. Development in Gardening( DIG)

Western Zone

  1. Anglican Development Services (ADS) Western
  2. Busia Environmental and Resource Management (BERMA)
  3. Bio- Gardening Innovations (BIOGI)
  4. Kima Integrated Community Initiative Program (KICIP)
  5. VI Agroforestry
  6. Manor House Agricultural Centre (MHAC)
  7. Sustainable Mobilization of Agricultural Resource Technologies (SMART)
  8. Garden of Eden
  9. Trans- Community Organization (TRANSCOM)

Central Rift Valley Zone

  1. Agricultural and Rural Development Program (ARDP)
  2. Baraka Agricultural Centre (BAC)
  3. Network for Eco farming in Africa (NECOFA)
  4. Maendeleo Endelevu Action Program (MEAP)
  5. Seed Savers Network
  6. Tenwek Hospital Community Health & Development

Lower Eastern & Coastal Zone

  1. Benevolent Institute of Development Initiatives (BIDII)
  2. Inades Formation Kenya (IFK)
  3. Neighbours Initiative Alliance (NIA)
  4. Kitui Development Centre (KDC)
  5. Anglican Development Services Eastern (ADSE)
  6. Utooni Development Organization (UDO)
  7. Taita Taveta Wildlife Foundation (TTWF)
  8. Community Sustainable Agriculture and Healthy Environmental Program (CSHEP)
  9. Emayian Integrated Development Organization (EIDO)
  10. Katoloni CBO
  11. Christian Impact Mission

Countries of East, Central and Southern Africa


Association membership


Member organizations in Kenyan country chapter


Out of 47 counties in Kenya

Empowered and prosperous communities deriving their livelihoods from sustainable land use.