Biodynamic Agriculture in Kenya
Be part of the movement to bring Biodynamic Agriculture to east Africa
Vincent Musiko was at Emerson College in 1994-5 on the Environment Design and Biodynamic Agriculture course.
Vincent Musiko was at Emerson College in 1994-5 on the Environment Design and Biodynamic Agriculture course. With the team in Kenya he is setting up a model biodynamic farm and is looking for support on training local farmers in Biodynamic agriculture farming systems. He writes:“Africa in general and Kenya in particular, not only needs food for her hungry mouths, but the food that is healthy, clean and of high quality and from a healthy environment in which we live and work. We need to use our natural resources sustainably without compromising our children’s own. Africa must discover their own problems in food security and environmental conservation and solve them themselves of course with the help of their sisters and brothers abroad. The answer is found within the Kenyan people and in particular the local communities.As you may have noticed the environment has deteriorated and it is fast getting worse each day. The threat of global warming and climate change and food insecurity is real and threatens the very existence of humanity on this planet……”
In very few years to come areas that produce more food in Kenya would be rendered unproductive due to the change in climate. Change in climate needs change in our farming systems and technologies. It is evident that our environment is being destroyed and pollution is very high. It is indeed my responsibility, your responsibility our responsibility, the responsibility of every one of us to take care of the environment. No matter what your profession is, as all of us need food which is of high quality and nutritious to perform what we are doing well. You should be concerned with what you are eating, whether you produce it or you buy down the street at a grocery store or you pick from roadsides. As the saying goes “you are what you eat”.
The biodiversity and ecosystems are disappearing very fast and this worries me and it should worry you too. Fish stocks in waters are now collapsing, forest cover is thinning out despite the fact that we sing of a forestation daily. Our conventional farming systems are getting out of hands as most soils in Kenya are now exhausted and very acidic so that they cannot support crops, animals and of course we ourselves and our children adequately. We should not forget that we have borrowed land from the future generations our children and we must hand it back to them better than we received it. The land is a loan to us by our children and we should return it with interest; biodynamic sustainable farming is the answer.
The urban communities are having difficulties in accessing food if they do, the food is getting out of hands by many people who can’t afford escalating high prices of vegetables. The solution is to bring food into the urban centers by utilising available empty spaces and training rural communities to produce food locally especially targeting the local food examining the local climatic conditions.
BRING BIODYNAMIC AGRICULTURE TO KENYA-EAST AFRICA.
The development of Biodynamic Agriculture which is the first formal organic agriculture was given a first organic agriculture definition by Lord Northbourne in 1940, Northbourne was a biodynamic agriculture practitioner and the author of “ Look to the land “. In common with other forms of organic farming, biodynamic agriculture uses management practices that are intended to store, maintain ecological harmony. Central features include crop diversification, biodynamic preparations, the avoidance of chemical soil treatments and off – farm inputs in general, decentralization of production and distribution, and the consideration of celestial and terrestrial influences on biological organisms.
The Demeter Association, a body responsible for certification of biodynamic agriculture internationally, recommends that the individual design of the land by a farmer, is determined by site conditions, is one of the basic tenets of biodynamic agriculture and in Kenya we can just do that. This principle emphasizes that humans have a responsibility for the development of their ecological and social environment which goes beyond economic aims and principles of descriptive ecology. Crops, livestock, farmer and entire socio-economic environment form a unique interaction a unique individual. The farmer seeks to enhance and support “forces “of nature that lead to healthy crops, animals and rejects any practice that destroy the environment.
Biodynamic agriculture differs from many forms of organic agriculture in the spiritual, mystical and astrological orientation. Compared to non-organic agriculture, biodynamic agriculture has been found to be more resilient to environment challenges, fosters diverse biosphere and more energy efficient.
Food and water security is increasingly threatened by factors such as climate, environmental change, loss of biodiversity, drying out of sources of water, fast thinning out of our forests is evident to all both academicians and lay people without forgetting conflicts and market volatility. New knowledge, policies and sustainable technologies are needed to develop systems that are more resilient to change and which ensure the health of our food and water supplies. This is Biodynamic Agriculture. Resilient systems are better able to bounce back from stresses caused by longer-term or short term change of events such as flooding, or human impacts such as poor farming systems that separate economy from environment, or war or water pollutant incidents.
The focus is on food, water and people uniting once again to one another and with the land, and integrate local peoples’ knowledge in social, agro ecological, hydrological and environmental processes as well as the pivotal role that communities play in developing resilience.
Biodynamic agriculture aims to advance resilience science through creative work on a new generation of key issues linked to the governance of food systems, hydrological change, urban food and water, river processes, water quality and emerging pollutants.
With the team here in Kenya we are setting up a model biodynamic farm and need support on training local farmers in Biodynamic agriculture farming system. Your donation of a pound or a dollar will take us to the next level, your advice will be brilliant. You can also come and visit with us like Eco-tourist and help us build up the farm and out of your proceedings we shall get 10% to support farmers’ trainings.
VINCENT OKOTH MUSIKO.