The MaMaSe Sustainable Water Initiative
The MaMaSe Sustainable Water Initiative is aimed at improving water safety and security in the Mara River Basin to support structural poverty reduction, sustainable economic growth and conservation of the basin’s ecosystems. During this four year programme the people and institutions in the basin have been supported in a process of structural change, promoting waterwise economic development that lifts people out of poverty and sets them on a sustainable path to improved well-being and self-reliance.
The MaMaSe Initiative is financially supported by the Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi. This manual forms part of the activities promoting market-driven, water wise commodities in the Upper Mara Basin with the Water Resource Users Associations (WRUAs) and Community Forest Associations (CFAs), promoting innovative and sustainable agricultural practices.
Agroforestry or agro-silviculture is the name for land-use management technologies and systems in which woody perennials (trees, shrubs, palms and bamboos) are grown around or among crops, pasture land and animals, with specific spacing and timing. Agricultural and forestry technologies are used to create a more diverse, productive, profitable, healthy, ecologically sound, and sustainable land-use system. Agroforestry uses polyculture, the simultaneous production or growth of multiple plant and animal species in the same place.
This manual provides practical guidance on agroforestry: growing trees in combination with agricultural crops. It gives advice on how to select trees and crops for a healthy agroforestry system, what specific trees can offer, and how to combine them with other crops to generate profit, for family use and that help conserve and protect the environment by producing more with less water.
In particular, the manual helps you to:
- Produce more, and when you identify market opportunities, to also sell more;
- Produce more different products and can help increases your income even with small harvest;
- Diversify plants for a healthy farming system;
- Improve the soil quality and soil water retention;
- Identify the useful trees and which trees and crops can be grown together;
- Know the different uses of trees;