Stories of restoration success in East Africa’s drylands: Peter Muema
Published on 13 Jun 2021
These stories come from farmers, community facilitators, government focal points, and partners who have been engaged in project activities in Kenya.
Peter and Christine Muema
Kithekani village, Kibau sublocation in Mwala subcountry, Machakos
WHAT DO PETER AND CHRISTINE GROW ON THEIR FARM?
Peter and Christine are practicing mixed farming on their farm cultivating crops such as;
Peter has traditionally practiced conventional farming. He used to rent oxen from a friend who would plough for him and in return he gave them maize stalks as animal feed. However, as Peter was not the only farmer to use the ploughing service he tended to plant late in the season. In addition one of the oxen passed away and they were unable to hire an additional oxen due to no finances.
Hence, Peter and his wife Christine decided to start using planting basins on their farm. Peter dug the holes and Christine followed by dropping the seed in the holes and covering them. They managed to plant the entire farm in two days.
Despite the fact that the maize was planted late, the results and yields from the farm shocked Peter and his wife as they were able to harvested twice the amount they used to! With such positive results Peter has decide to plant early next season before the rains and dig larger and more organised holes that will collect more moisture for the crop use.
The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF) envision a more equitable world where trees in all landscapes, from drylands to the humid tropics, enhance the environment and well-being for all. CIFOR and ICRAF are CGIAR Research Centers.