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Haller Training & Demonstration Farm

Research and Development

Once the Water and Community stage has been completed, farmers receive between 2 and 4 years of training at the Haller Training & Demonstration Farm at Mtopanga. This centre was developed by Dr. Haller to trial, test and teach pioneering farming techniques to smallholder farmers, to meet their food production needs.

 

The United Nations Development Programme and Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture have recognised these methdologies as best-practice models for sustainable farming.

Nature

By learning how to enhance soil fertility, develop natural pesticides, use water effectively and generate renewable energy, these communities are rejuvenating and fortifying the land.

The farm itself embodies the restorative power of nature: it runs on solar power.

Community

As well as offering training at the farm, we also work within communities and encourage peer-to-peer training, so our impact grows organically as communities learn from each other.

Economy

The practical knowledge and skills that we share with these communities enables them to grow enough surplus food to sell, creating micro-economies.

Women

The majority of smallholder farmers are women and this plot is specifically designed for them: the seedbeds are raised so they don’t have to bend to look after their seedlings everyday. This plot doesn’t just help women learn, it also gives them job satisfaction from accomplishing labour intensive work within a short amount of time. This builds confidence.