Enhancing ecofriendly agricultural practices and biodiversity in Kenya

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Green Gates Ecofarm tackles climate change issues by improving eco-friendly agricultural practices and biodiversity. The initiative focuses on teaching local communities about afforestation, agroforestry, aqua farming, beekeeping, and mushroom farming.

In addition to improving sustainable livelihoods of rural communities in Kenya, Green Gates Ecofarm provides support to communities who face discrimination and stigma. In this regard, Green Gates Ecofarm provides support to the albino community in Kenya by integrating them into conservation farming activities, specifically to address traumatic socioeconomic bias and fear.

No Poverty , Eradicate extreme poverty , Climate Action , Strengthen resilience, adaptive capacity to climate-related hazards , Life on Land , Promote sustainable forest management, restoration, afforestation , Conserve mountain ecosystems, including their biodiversity , Reduced Inequalities , Reduce habitat degradation, halt biodiversity loss, extinction , Equal rights to resources, technology, land, microfinance , Build resilience of vulnerable to climate disasters , Zero Hunger , Safety nets for food security and nutrition , Conserve, restore, sustainably use terrestrial, freshwater ecosystems , Gender Equality

Green Gates EcoFarm tackles various challenges relating to the SDGs, namely climate change, gender discrimination and stigma against people living with albinism.
On the climate front, human activities including poor land use, deforestation and wetland degradation have led to water scarcity, soil erosion, poverty, malnutrition & erratic rain.
In addition, women in Kenya are undervalued in decision-making processes. In general, women have less access to education, resources, land and employment. Despite the fact that women spend a substantial time cultivating land, Kenyan women’s land rights continue to lag behind those of men.
Lastly, Kenya’s people living with albinism suffer extreme stress, fear and prejudice. Kenya has a high rate of albino torture and discrimination. Albinos are thought of as cursed and thus their body parts sought for magic rituals. Most are poor and cannot access education, schooling nor medication, leaving them prone to eye disorders and skin cancer.

Green Gates Ecofarm (GGE) focuses on participatory restoration & conservation of land, improving livelihoods of rural communities and building resilience towards climate change. The initiative focuses on afforestation, agroforestry, aqua farming, beekeeping, mushroom farming & soon butterfly farming.
In addition, Green Gates Ecofarm integrates albinos into their conservation farming activities to address traumatic socioeconomic bias and discrimination. This they do through experiential training of Self Help Groups inclusive of Persons with Albinism for value-added farming so as to foster PWD inclusion, improve income, secure food and reduce waste while conserving the environment.
GGE has partnered with the Ministry of Agriculture, livestock & Fisheries for capacity building and collaborates with the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources through NETFUND, the Kenya Forest Services and Kenya Wildlife Service as resource and regulatory agencies.
Having restored and conserved their natural environment, they offer a site where individuals, schools, churches and other groups visit free of charge for recreation and outdoor learning.
In 2016, Green Gates Ecofarm was recognized nationally by "Total Eco Challenge" as tree champions in afforestation and granted by "NETFUND Green Innovations Award" as passionate environmental conservationists.
The Chief Operating Officer, Caroline Nyakeri, was nominated as An Empower Women Champion for Change by United Nations Women in 2016.
Caroline was also recognized as a heroine in the 2017 Tree Growing and Forest Conservation inaugural awards by Kenya Forestry Service, presided by Her Excellency the First Lady of the Republic of Kenya.

In terms of results, Green Gates Ecofarm has forested over 20 acres, preserved mature indigenous trees, reclaimed a 5 acres wetland & terraced 7 acres. They preserve the indigenous trees forest for biodiversity and climate control while periodically harvesting their planned exotic trees woodlot for community fuel and timber supply.
The reclaimed wetland is adjacent and flows into the Saiwa Swamp National park, which inhabits the rare semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope and grey crested crane helping preserve their threatened habitat.


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