Kenya 

Training Women Farmers in Grow Biointensive Agriculture


This project, with BGR partner Ecology Action of the Mid-Peninsula, seeks to expand upon the successful Grow Biointensive (GB) model of agricultural by engaging directly with Kenyan women, who are key agricultural producers, contributing 75-80% of all labor in food production. The program is to be overseen by Samuel and Peris Ndiritu, founders and directors of the Grow Biointensive Agricultural Centre of Kenya (GBIACK), who have spent the last 15 years creating a unique system of community outreach and GB curriculum. The proposal seeks to broaden GBIACK’s reach into the impoverished county of Machakos, where land degradation and disintegration are severe due to population growth, lower rainfall, and poor agricultural practices stemming from the use of GMO seeds and chemical fertilizers. The result is a vicious cycle begun by climate change and a breakup of the family unit as men leave rural areas to look for jobs in the capital Nairobi.

GBIACK seeks a solution to this tragedy by training the women who are left behind to care for and feed the family. Farmer trainings and workshops are the main thrust of this project. 600 women from six communities in Machakos County are divided into 10 groups of 60 farmers each. The consultants conduct the initial trainings as well as follow up visits to ensure GB practices are properly implemented. The project aims: (1) to educate 600 women in GB practices (diversified food production, seed preservation, nutrition); (2) to empower these women economically by helping generate surpluses and giving them access to markets; and (3) to develop women farming groups and embed these new institutions in local communities to spread knowledge of GB practices. New project

Our Projects

BGR projects are designed to provide direct food aid to people afflicted by hunger and malnutrition, to promote ecologically sustainable agriculture, to support the education of girls and women, and to give women an opportunity to start right livelihood projects to support their families. This is a selection of our newest projects. To see all our projects, please click here.


Bangladesh NEW

VOCATIONAL TRAINING FOR MARRIED ADOLESCENT GIRLS
Help fund vocational training for 200 married adolescent girls so they can pursue alternative opportunities and shape their own futures. »


Brazil  NEW

SUPPORTING TRADITIONAL AGRICULTURAL PRACTICES AMONG GUARANI WOMEN
Support women from the indigenous Guarani Mbya community in promoting and applying traditional agricultural practices in five villages in São Paulo. »


Cambodia NEW

MONITORING THE WELFARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN PRISON
Provide food and hygiene materials for women and infants living in 18 Cambodian prisons, plagued by squalid conditions. »


Cameroon   NEW

EDUCATION OF ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN - COMPUTER LITERACY
Provide 120 children in need with school furniture, literacy materials, and computers. » »


Haiti

FOOD PROGRAM FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN
Provide two meals a day, five days a week, to approximately 100 children and 40 adults. » 


India   NEW

EDUCATION AND FOOD AID FOR CHILDREN IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH
Help in providing three healthy meals a day, seven days a week, to 240 students. » 


Malawi and Kenya

TRAINING FARMERS IN CLIMATE RESISTANT AGRICULTURE METHODS
Training in biointensive climate-resilient farming to increase food production for 450 farmers, of whom 300 are women. » 


Peru   NEW

HELPING GIRLS IMPROVE THEIR NUTRITION, WELL-BEING, AND SCHOOLING
Improve the physical and emotional well-being of 30 young women by funding school supplies and providing workshops on the importance of education, hygiene, and a healthy diet. »


Sri Lanka  NEW

LIVELIHOOD TRAINING FOR DISABLED PEOPLE
Provide vocational training and work opportunities for 60 disabled people in the Anuradhabura district. » 



Sudan

INCREASING HOUSEHOLD FOOD SECURITY IN SOUTH DARFUR
Provide agricultural training and supplies to an estimated 3,000 individuals, increasing food production by 30 percent. »

 

Uganda NEW

PEACE SCHOOL
Provide assistance to 12 students to attend school. »

U.S. Easton, Pennsylvania

EASTON URBAN FARM
Provide 6,000 pounds of locally grown produce to 800 low-income residents, 600 of them women. Build community through programs including free monthly workshops on urban farming topics. »