In Western Kenya, a local CBO, Bio Gardening Innovations, has used the manual More and Better Food to introduce new techniques to local farmers.
Ferdinand Wafula, who is the organization’s coordinating officer, describes how local farmers learned how to use the A-frame level to make contours before digging a swale (shallow trench) across a slope in order to conserve water:
“We introduced the A-frame to a group of 30 farmers from three villages. Their farms are all on sloping land, with few soil conservation measures in place.
“They were very enthusiastic about using the A-frame, which helped them not only to design contour lines but also to decide where to plant trees on their sloping land.”
Note: For information about how to make and use an A-frame, please see pages 34-35 of CALLED TO CARE book 9, More and Better Food.
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