1. SCOPE Kenya

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    Founded in 2014, Schools and Colleges Permaculture Programme (SCOPE Kenya), is a local capacity building & networking development organisation, that promotes permaculture/agroecology education, in schools & communities.

    They do this to nurture youth in sustainable land use practices, to enhance restoration & resilience of the ecosystem for food production, income generation & biodiversity conservation, to benefit the current & future generations. They integrate young people in and out of school, in matters of sustainable development and natural resources management, by connecting them with nature and culture.

    They use a holistic development approach, which involves working with pupils, teachers, parents, local leaders & surrounding communities, Integrated Land Use Design tools, to redesign and facilitate transformation of degraded land into, greener productive landscapes, with conservation systems, using permaculture/agroecology practices.

    Their achievements include introduced their process in 16 schools, training 20 field staff and 27 school teachers in permaculture/agroecology, facilitated the establishment of 12 permaculture model schools to enable them to produce healthy food to support own feeding programs, development of agroecology training guide for use by field staff, to nurture young people.

  2. Dajopen Waste Management

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    Dajopen Waste Management Project is a Community Based Organization formed by members of Kitale, Kenya. Their mission is to help clean the town environment through reuse and recycling of municipal solid waste for the benefit of its slum dwellers and small scale farmers, as well as enhancing food security by making and supplying value-added organic fertilizer to farmers.

    They have trained more than 165,000 people on waste management and organic farming, and eight community groups on producing a range of recycled products. The project’s activities include: composting of organic biodegradable waste, making briquettes from dry tree leaves and pulp papers, making simple maize shellers from scrap metals, to assist the small scale farmers and especially women who handle most of the domestic chores in the family. They support members in innovating to take advantage of the high rate of waste generation to create viable enterprises.

    Uganda (Kenya’s neighbouring country) has sent civic leaders to learn about waste management from the project.

  3. Kenyan Peasants League (KPL)

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    Kenyan Peasants League (KPL) is a social movement of Kenyan Peasant farmers, fisherfolk, pastoralists and consumers, whose main aim is to promote smallholder farmer agroecology and resist neoliberal policies that threaten local agriculture. This is done by conducting political education, people’s research, technical training, and national advocacy. KPL promotes indigenous seeds, livestock and plant varieties and the creation of an alternative economy that is driven by provision for livelihoods.

    KPL was formed in 2016, motivated by the World Trade Organisation’s (WTO) MC10 meeting, which took place in Nairobi in December 2015. During a parallel People’s WTO meeting, a resolution was passed to form a movement to represent the interests of Peasant Farmers in Kenya.

    KPL’s achievements include establishing seeds banks in 245 households; conducting case studies to ensure evidence-based advocacy; mobilising 245 households to practice agroecology for food sovereignty; distributing indigenous seeds to 78 households during Covid-19; and organising Seed and Food Festivals and Peasants Agroecology Summer Schools.

  4. Organic Technology Extension and Promotion of Initiative Centre (OTEPIC)

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    OTEPIC is a community-based organisation born out of passion for sharing knowledge and innovative approaches with those who need them most: subsistence farmers, and in particular, women and youth groups in the “Trans-Nzoia County” in Western Kenya and its surrounding areas.

    OTEPIC aims to address the depletion of soil and water, climate change, the lack of sufficient food and the social injustice caused by years of intensive globalised agriculture. It does this through training communities in sustainable permaculture, including crop diversification, water harvesting, soil and composting, nutrition and renewable energy.

    All training is free, and farmers are given the opportunity to experiment so they can gain a true understanding of how nature works. The project cultivates three gardens on an area of 11 hectares and also runs an orphanage, a birth house and a dance group.

    OTEPIC operates with the principles of sustainable self nourishment, knowledge transfer and living in peace and harmony with nature.

  5. Sustainable Village Resources (SVR)

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    SVR was established in 2012 with the purpose of improving the standard of living of people in the rural areas of Kenya by training them in sustainable agriculture. Its goal is to help farmers to build resilient soils.

    It conducts permaculture sensitisation campaigns and lobbying to influence thinking and public opinion in support of regeneration through work with orphans, the disabled, refugees and coffee farmers, and in local schools and its five established permaculture systems. It works on capacity building of agricultural extension officers and farmers in regenerative polyculture food production systems, which require no digging, pesticides, insecticides, weeding or watering.

    Its thinking is that perspective of the current problems facing the world has been lost as a result of deliberate, externally inflicted, and deeply entrenched modern, conventional thinking. This has shifted people from accumulation and dispensation of wisdom and intelligence to accumulation of illusionary worldly material wealth.

    It aims to change the context in which people are working, thinking and living to help build and strengthen the regenerative movement locally and internationally.

  6. African Biodiversity Network

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    ABN was established in the late 1990s, through the ‘African Group’ of policy-influencers, registering as a Trust in Kenya in 2010. It now has 36 active partners in 12 countries across Africa, and has incubated a number of important regional initiatives, including the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA).

    It grew out of a commitment to nurture a new leadership in Africa, dedicated to enhancing biological and cultural diversity, and social and ecological justice. It uses exchange programs, training and knowledge-sharing to strengthen rights, policy and legislation.

    A particular focus is the empowering of indigenous and local communities across Africa to revive their bio-cultural diversity & protect their sacred natural sites & territories (SNS&T).