Zonal Working Group members:
Host member Organization:
Benevolent Institute of Development Initiatives (BIDII)
P.O. Box 1682 – 90100 Machakos
Tel: 044- 21732/ 0713248518
Machakos, Machakos County
The Success Story of Agnes Katunge – an Un-folding Outcome
It was in the last quarter of 2016 when PELUM K through the Lower Eastern & Coast Zone (LECZ) facilitated a major Zonal Initiative in form of a Farmers’ Exposure Tour to Christian Integrated Ministries (CIM) in Yatta, one of the driest crops-growing areas in Lower Eastern Kenya.
Among the farmers who participated in this Visit was Agnes Katunge Makau from Kyawango Location of Mwala Sub-county, Machakos County. Having interacted with PELUM MOs namely INADES and ADSE in the recent past, Agnes and the CBOs she represented had confidence that they would benefit immensely from the CIM Project Visit. At the end of the day, the Tour did not disappoint according to Agnes.
In her Pre-tour assessment, Agnes had clearly indicated that her priority interest was to learn how to harvest rain water for dry-land farming. Fortunately for her, this was the underlying concept and practice at the CIM Project commonly known as “Operation Mwolyo Out” (OMO) which literally means an operation to do away with Relief food. That day, Agnes went home with more relevant ideas than she had bargained for.
Ten months down the line, over 63 Households through 3 CBOs now view Agnes as a role model and local resource person in terms of implementing innovative technologies towards water harvesting. She planned and went ahead to excavate a water pond to harvest the surface run-off on her farm as learnt during the Exposure visit to CIM. One of the PELUM K MOs, ADSE recently supported her with a polythene paper liner to enhance the performance of the 9m by 6m by 5ft water pond. Once the Pond has tapped the surface run-off in the Oct-Dec rains, she intends to upscale production of organically produced vegetables for her domestic use and supply to growing local market.
Agnes believes that going into the future, Farmer-peer learning will positively change the way farmers acquire functional knowledge and skills. However and in her own words, she challenges other farmers who participate in trainings and exposure visits to at least grasp one technology and start implementing in phases.