We have developed a blended learning programme with 6 modules (Food forestry, water management, soil management, Entrepreneurship, and leadership training.
Our blended learning program is composed of a digital app that is accessible both online and offline and can be shared using Bluetooth. This makes the app more accessible in place without internet connections. We combine the digital learning with face to face and practical trainings.
Our current projects we are in Makueni county and Nairobi. In Makueni we focus on regenerative agriculture specifically syntropic food forestry and in Nairobi we are working on circular economy and food systems.
Alongside trainings, we also offer technical support to our trainees. For farmers who are interested in developing syntropic food forest, we support them in the designing stage and walk with them step by step to learn and address the challenges they face along the way. To increase our capacity for providing technical support we train trainers who are front runners farmers and hire them to support their fellow farmers in the implementation.
For the sustainability of our projects, after piloting, we translate these innovations into businesses to make them self-standing independent from funding and to support the livelihoods of the communities we work with.
The ‘syntropic food forestry’ method starts with the introduction of productive perennials as a complement to organic plant beds with annual leafy vegetables, grasses, and cereals.
The mixing of both annuals (vegetables, grains etc.) and perennials (fruit and nuts, trees) allows farmers to get short term results,
predominantly female smallholders – was very enthusiastic. The FttF team was able to implement various activities in 2020 and 2021, resulting in a/o:
the development of (digital) training materials (5 modules) for blended learning supported by mobile applications for simple smartphones and tablets
community meetings for about 500 residents of Maiani and other villages in Makueni county to inform and engage them for the trainings and following transformation of their land into food forests
extended agroecology trainings and guidance in syntropic food forestry to 170 smallholders in Maiani
the set-up of 60 private nurseries of (perennial) seedlings on the land of local farmers
the co-design and start-up of 80 syntropic food forests (incl. annual vegetables) on the land of smallholders in Makueni, covering an area of about 400 acres (±160 hectares) in all
the organization of five self-help groups of local farmers in Makueni who are motivated to organize themselves into local food cooperatives.
See more about these programs under projects