AFRICAN LEAFY VEGETABLES

ALVs

THE PROMOTION AND CONSUMPTION OF ALVs IS ONE OF OUR PRIORITY PROJECTS THAT WE HAVE INTRODUCED TO ALL OF OUR TRAINED FARMERS AND SCHOOLS BECAUSE ALVs CAN GREATLY CONTRIBUTE TO GENERAL HOUSEHOLD WELLBEING. HAVING BEEN NEGLECTED FOR MANY YEARS, THEY HAVE LATELY BEEN PROMOTED FOR THEIR MULTIPLE BENEFITS, INCLUDING:

  • VERY HIGH NUTRITIONAL CONTENT TO ADDRESS MICRO-NUTRIENT DEFICIENCY
  • PROTEIN CONTENT
  • MEDICINAL BENEFITS
  • FOOD SECURITY
  • ADAPTION TO DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS
  • GOOD RESISTANCE TO PESTS AND DISEASES
  • ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT, ESPECIALLY FOR WOMEN

WE HAVE ESTABLISHED A BIG SEED BANK FOR CONSTANT AVAILABILITY OF HIGH QUALITY ALV SEEDS – our farmers never lack quality seeds!

WE TRAIN ALL OF OUR FARMERS IN THE PRODUCTION OF ALVs AND HAVE ENCOURAGED THEM TO PRODUCE SEEDS FOR SALE.

WE BUY SEEDS FROM FARMERS AND GIVE THEM TO NEWLY TRAINED FARMERS FOR FREE AFTER THEY’VE HAD ONE WEEK OF TRAINING.

COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY OUR TRAINED VOLUNTEER FARMERS FOR ADOPTION/CONSUMPTION AND PROPER PREPARATION OF ALVs ARE CONSTANTLY CARRIED OUT FOR NEWLY TRAINED FARMERS AND IN SCHOOLS.

WE HAVE PROMOTED SOLAR DRYING FACILITIES TO ENSURE AVAILABILITY OF ALVs DURING THE SO-CALLED “HUNGER MONTH” AS WELL AS FOR SALE.


"IN AFRICA, MALNUTRITION IS SUCH A PROBLEM. WE WANT TO SEE INDIGENOUS VEGETABLES PLAY A ROLE"

(Prof. Mary Abukutsa-Onyango, Nairobi University, in photo on right with SOFDI nutritionist)

Impressions

Farmers being introduced to improved ALV varieties by Jomo Kenyatta University team
Prof. Mary Abukutsa-Onyango on left from Jomo Kenyatta University handing out improved seed varieties to farmers
Staff from Kenyatta University with farmer group