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THE NAKURU NATIONAL AGRICULTURAL SHOW 2013

Theme: Enhancing Technology in Agriculture and Industry for food security and National Growth

The objective of exhibiting at the show was to take advantage of newly established county to share ideas and experiences with other stakeholders.

In the 5 days event, Slow Food Central rift Convivium and Necofa in collaboration with other partners had the chance to showcase their products and programmes besides exchanging new ideas. Notably on the stand were presidia products from Lare pumpkin and Mau stinging nettle.The farmers were able to showcase their produce while the schools showcased the activities they are undertaking in gardening and environmental conservation.

It was an excellent opportunity for the exhibitors, show goers and various stakeholders to interact gain insights into new trends, technologies and methods in agriculture, industry, trade and other related fields. Lot of information, demonstrations, technology transfers and important contacts were available from the many stands of exhibitors.

Exhibitions by Necofa were geared towards achieving sustainable food security through increased productivity and value addition on indigenous agricultural products for a healthy nation as well as improved environmental conservation. Farmers working with Necofa had an opportunity to showcase their indigenous products which included; Ogiek pure natural honey from Mau Forest, Mau stinging nettle by Utugi Self Help Group, stevia natural sugar, mixed porridge flour with several ingredients namely: stinging nettle powder, sweet potatoes, oats, maize, groundnuts, barley, amarantha, brush millet, finger millet and sorghum. Nganoini Self Help Group from Lare exhibited pumpkin, Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed flour and pumpkin flesh flour. There were variety of foods prepared from these products, among them were: chapatti and mandazi from pumpkin flour and stinging nettle, porridge from pumpkin flour and stinging nettle, pumpkin juice and mukimo from the stinging nettle, millet Ugali,indigenous vegetables and Mursik from the kalenjins. Other products for exhibition were the hyax organic fertilizer, products from Molo wool project by Karunga Women Group, necklaces and bangles made by Sachangwan secondary school environmental club members.

There was much to be learnt from the stand which seemed to attract an extremely huge number of people comprising of all races and ages coming to see products and learn more about our organization .All were able to appreciate the nutritional and health benefits of our indigenous agricultural products leading to a high demand for the products as well as our ready prepared foods. Many recommendations were made especially on establishment of more distribution outlets for our products in Nakuru County for continuous supply and also to come up with more indigenous food products.

Celebrating World Environment Day June 5th 2013.

The United Nations General Assembly during the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment (Stockholm, 1972), declared the 5th of June of every year to commemorate World Environment Day (WED). On that day, each Member State is supposed to reflect on efforts put in place at national level with regards to protection of the environment. It is also a day for each Member State to reaffirm her commitment to sustainable environmental management

The World Environment Day is always celebrated under one global theme provided by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The theme for this year’s World Environment Day celebrations was Think.Eat.Save.  Think.Eat.Save is an anti-food waste and food loss campaign that encourages you to reduce your footprint. By celebrating World Environment Day, we remind ourselves and others of the importance of caring for our environment. So think before you eat and help save our environment!

It is a day for reminding humanity the importance of the environment and their responsibility towards maintaining its sustainability and quality. Celebrating World Environment Day is about the inspirational power of individual actions for positive change, to guarantee secure, clean and healthy environment for all.

The National venue for World Environment Day activities was at Kengen grounds in Naivasha District. The selection of Kengen was based on its relevance to the national theme, given that the district is experiencing high environmental degradation rate, diminishing fish stock in L. Naivasha and forest cover, high population growth, and alarming changes in people’s lifestyles especially within the fishing communities, among others.

People in Peril association sponsored community members engaged in the project to decrease degradation of Mau Ecosystem to participate in the event and showcase their contribution towards healthy food and clean environment. Other community groups were sponsored by Network for Ecofarming in Africa and Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. The communities showcased their traditional food dishes, and explained on the importance of consuming our local products and producing our food in an environmentally friendly way. The theme encourages us to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices we make and empowers one to make informed decisions to reduce food waste, save money, minimize the environmental impact of food production and force food production processes to become more efficient; hence enhancing sustainable development for the present and future generations.

In accordance with this year’s national theme, the focus of activities to celebrate World Environment Day were on uplifting people’s mindset and understanding of food choices, processes and footprint, as well as promoting sound environment management practices to save our environment and natural resources.

 

 

 

WORLD FOOD DAY CELEBRATIONS!

16th October marks the world food day, a festival celebrated globally. This years theme was “FOOD PRICES: From Crisis to Stability”. The theme was chosen to shed light on a trend that is hurting the poor consumer, the small scale producer and agriculture in general. Food prices, which were stable for decades, have become increasingly volatile.
If we are to seriously address the issue of world hunger, more effort has to be made to address the problem of food price fluctuations particularly for those who spend most of their incomes on food, to ensure that they can return from the market with enough for their families to eat nutritiously. The causes of food price instability are well known, but what can be done about it requires political will.

This year’s world food day in Kenya was held in Njoro district where all the stakeholders who included Ministry of agriculture, Kenya bureau of standards, Ministry of livestock and fisheries development, Baraka agricultural college, and local NGO’s had a chance to show case some of their activities to local farmers and food consumers. The event commenced with a tree planting session where the guest of honor and other distinguished guest planted trees at identified sites in Njoro to reinforce the reforestation of Mau forest.

Lare pumpkin producers which is a presidia project supported by Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity in collaboration with Necofa, showcased some special products made from the pumpkin. The local producers aim at conserving the already threatened indigenous pumpkin species. This pumpkin is special due to its flavor and the modes of uses among the farmers in lare. Farmers grow the pumpkins, practice saving of its seeds, and add value to the pumpkins by making pumpkin flour, pumpkin seed flour, and juice from the pumpkin flesh. This project helps the local farmers in conserving the plants species, marketing of their produce and multiplication of seed as a method of conservation of biodiversity. The farmers are also involved in environmental conservation as they also practice farm forestry.
Their display attracted attention to the curious onlookers who were surprised by all the products you could derive from this plant as opposed to the simple and most common method of consumption which is boiled pumpkin.
This also gave the farmers an opportunity to market their products by interacting directly with other farmers and also potential consumers.

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CHEESE 2011

Cheese returns to Bra, Italy, from September 16-19, 2011. The international biennial event organized by the City of Bra and Slow Food is now in its eighth edition. Dedicated to “milk in all its shapes and forms,” it has created an international network of cheesemakers and artisans who gather every two years to present their products, meet co-producers (consumers), discuss the challenges of the trade and market prospects and share solutions to problems old and new.
The program of the event is available on http://www.slowfood.it/cheese (select the language on the top right corner) Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/slowfoodhq
International Presidia and Food Communities at Cheese 2011
Ten different countries will be represented at Cheese by the Presidia, unique products protected by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. Old favorites like Tcherni Vit green cheese from Bulgaria, Swedish cellar-matured goat’s cheese from Jämtland and Pokot ash yogurt from Kenya will be joined by four international Presidia participating in Cheese for the first time: Auvergne Salers Cow Cheeses from France, Mavrovo Reka Mountain Pasture Cheeses from Macedonia, Bregaglia Valley Mascarplin or Mascarpel and Mountain Pasture Sbrinz from Switzerland.

These Presidia, already familiar to Cheese visitors, will be on display in the International Presidia Market in Via Principi di Piemonte. Information about them can be found on the website http://www.slowfoodfoundation.org

Armenia Motal
Bosnia Herzegovina Cheese in a Sack
Bulgaria Tcherni Vit Green Cheese, Karakachan Sheep
France Bearne Mountain Pasture Cheeses, Pélardon Affiné
Great Britain Artisan Somerset Cheddar
Ireland Irish Raw Milk Cheeses
Kenya Pokot Ash Yogurt
Netherlands Aged Artisanal Gouda, Texel Sheep Cheese
Poland Oscypek
Romania Bucegi Mountains Branza de Burduf
Spain Carranzana Cara Negra Sheep Cheese
Sweden Jämtland Cellar-Matured Goat Cheese
Switzerland Raw Milk Butter, Emmentaler, Raw Milk Vacherin Fribourgeois
The Terra Madre Network: Food Communities
of Nomadic African Herders
The food communities belonging to the Terra Madre network are groups of people who produce, process and distribute quality food in a sustainable way and are historically, socially and culturally linked to a geographic area. The communities share the problems generated by an intensive agriculture that damages natural resources and a large-scale food industry that standardizes tastes and puts the very existence of small-scale production at risk.
At Cheese, representatives from Terra Madre food communities will be recounting the stories of women and men who make their livelihood by herding animals. They will participate in conferences and workshops and contribute to a global exchange of traditional knowledge.

Burkina Faso – Oudalan Nomadic Farmers
Oudalan is a vast border area, located along the invisible lines that divide Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso. Like the rest of the Sahel, the region is mostly populated by nomadic herding communities. The CRUS (Conseil Régional des Unions du Sahel) brings together around 40,000 herders and nomadic farmers, divided into 1.776 groups. The organization promotes interreligious dialog, the sustainable use of resources and food sovereignty through the realization of pastoral and agricultural potential and the promotion of local products.
Production area: Oudalan region

Ethiopia – Fantalle District Karrayu Pastoralists
Pastoralism and agropastoralism are the main livelihood systems for the Karrayu, a community living in the Fantalle district in Ethiopia’s Rift Valley. The Karrayu seasonally move their livestock to better pastures, using permanent settlements in different areas. This system is particularly suited to arid regions and allows the community members to easily adapt to the highly variable conditions. The animals raised by the Karrayu—cattle, camels, goats, sheep and donkeys—allow the community to use different types of fodder and provide food, traction power and a small income.
Production area: Fantalle district, Oromia region

Mauritania – Nouakchott Camel Breeders and Milk Producers
The breeding of camels on the outskirts of Mauritania’s capital is the modern version of an ancient activity, following the wide-scale urbanization that has affected the nomadic populations whose diet is based on milk. In the areas surrounding the capital, many farmers own or manage herds of dromedaries, gathered into groups of 20 to 30 animals allowed to graze freely. Camel milk is sold directly to passers-by and to intermediaries.
Production area: Nouakchott district

Molo Stakeholders Agricultural Show!

Network for Ecofarming in Africa and Slow Food Central Rift Convivium were among Molo stakeholders’ members who participated during Molo stakeholders Agricultural show at Molo stadium.
Food communities, schools and different members of the society were all at the stadium to learn and taste different local food products that had been brought by different food communities. In attendance were Slow Food Presidia producers, who exhibited presidia products which the participants enjoyed tasting, eating and learning about them.
It is in events like this, that farmers get to increase their knowledge and skills on issues about Agriculture and food consumption. There is inter generational knowledge transfer from farmers to school going youth on issues related to food and culture, stakeholders strengthen their relationship with farmers and others in the community as they get time to interact on one to one basis.



NECOFA CELEBRATES CHRISTMAS WITH THE LESS FORTUNATE.

Christmas may be the “season to be jolly” but not everyone gets to enjoy the festive spirit. While most of us come under the spells of carols and eagerly wait to open our presents, for a large number in the village, it’s just another day. Christmas is a period when people strengthen their relationships with their families. This is also the time the people help the less fortunate members of their society. Jesus in his teachings showed that we should always be caring for the less fortunate and we should all be our brothers’ keepers..So, to make this year’s Christmas a special one for the “not so fortunate”, Necofa decided to share Christmas with 46 households of vulnerable orphans and their guardians some infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to put a smile on their faces and to make them feel special and loved.

The members of the households each received a 2kg packet of chapati flour, salt, sugar, cooking oil, rice and tea leaves to ensure that at least on that particular day they will enjoy like everybody else, 

And the joy of being part of the day was evident as the children and elderly adults danced away merrily to christmas songs.

Vulnerable Orphaned children and their guardians sing as they await to receive their gifts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

STINGING NETTLE AND PUMPKIN PRODUCERS SHOWCASE THEIR PRODUCTS AT SALONE DEL GUSTO, ITALY.

 

 47 Kenyans were part of the delegates that celebrated the fourth Terra Madre and the eighth

Salone del Gusto, Slow Food’s biennial food festival that showcases quality, small-scale producers

from around the world, that attracted a record 200,000 visitors to  Turin  with around 30% coming

from outside of Italy.  

 

In addition to displaying the quality  food,  the international market had a strong educational focus,

with emphasis on raising awareness and stimulating debate about the future of food production.

A major focus was to present foods which are at risk of extinction, such as Mau Stinging nettle from

Kenya, Ethiopian mountain honeys, Brazilian Baru nut and Indonesian pepper, and this year

around one third of the stalls were allocated to 182 Italian and 106 international

Slow Food Presidia – projects to support small-scale, traditional food production –

who also participate in the Terra Madre meeting. 
To highlight the numerous and diverse regions coming together in these two events,

and the importance of territory in producing quality foods, the theme of this year’s

Salone was “Food+/=Places”. Thus, the exhibition was organized by grouping producers by

region rather than by food category, with each region or country presenting its own products,

projects and cuisine. 
The Salone del Gusto together with Terra Madre has been confirmed as one of the most important

events in the region of national and international significance. With its 200,000 visitors,

it contributes in an important way to the tourism and commercial activities of this region

and at the same time has the capacity and authority to inspire a profound reflection on food

and the global community it represents.