MIVUKONI CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS MEETING

MIVUKONI CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS MEETING HELD ON 10TH OCTOBER 2009 REPORT.

The meeting was done in Mivukoni division 30kms away fro Kyuso.

It was facilitated by Dorothy Amboka the climate change CIV Kyuso and Mr Noah Lusaka

 

Objectives of the meeting.

·         Know the steps taken by the community to cope and deal with present situation of prolonged drought situation.

·         ALIN future plans of video trainings and its importance to the community.

·         Preparation of Copenhagen meeting in Denmark.

·         Create strategies of independence between farmers.

·         Enable the community to foresee drought situations and prepare them on how to do it.

·         Know about the present situation of the drought.

The meeting was attended by 28 people; 7 female and 21males.they comprised of community development workers, organizations especially NGO’s and community members.

The attendants.

·         Joseph Musya

·         Japheth Nzoka.

·         John Mutsya.

·         Peter Mutya.

·         Annah Musyimi.

·         Benter Musembi.

·         Josephine Muthengi.

·         Rachael Mwendwa.

·         Daniel Kilonzo.

·         Rolcy Misymi.

·         Elizabeth Munyambu.

·         Patrick Kanyangi.

·         Julias Mwasiya.

·         Josephine Kisene.

·         Jones Mavulia.

·         Phillip Mala.

·         Musyimi Mutisya.

·         Charles Mwanzia.

·         Zacharia Mwenga.

·         Paul Ngei.

·         Nico Mwinzi.

·         Richard Matei.

·         Daniel Muneeni.

·         Daniel Nzau.

·         Dorothy Amboka.

·         Noah Lusaka.

·         Steve Mwangi.

·         John Njue.       

The meeting started with a word of prayer from Daniel Nzau.

Introduction of all attendants.

 

John Njue (CIV Kyuso).

Defined the CKC operations, importance and objectives.

He defined the following CKC activities.

Information exchange.

Baobab magazines.

ALIN Membership.

Computer training.

IPods

Video production.

Library services information centre.

Farmer exchange visits.

Workshops.

Community radio.

Indigenous knowledge.

 

Dorothy Amboka (climate change CIV Kyuso).

Climate change awareness and activities carried out by ALIN on climate change.

Joto Africa.

Climate change workshops and their impacts.

Community radio.

Farmer exchange visits (trips, open days. Workshops, trade fairs, farmer meetings.)

Mentioned some the focal group members who frequent the centre and urged them to explain to the others what they gain from ALIN.

 

Stephen Mwangi (CIV Nguruman).

He shared on the differences between Nguruman and Kyuso social, economic and political behaviors and practices.

Nguruman is situated in Magadi. The vegetation is very much green and people grow Asian foods like pepper.

Their dressing style, tribes and farming type is very much different from yours.

They don’t like farming. Instead, they can give you a farm to cultivate and when you harvest, you give them the leftover for their cows.

They eat meat, milk and raw blood.

They have a lot of water.

 

Noah Lusaka(ALIN capacity building officer).

Gave the History of ALIN by partnering with OISAT.

How the centre point for Information was established.

Appointment of CKF’s to the centre as linkages to the community.

The plan of Future community video training and how ALIN will Disseminate and network them.

Improve community news that is not covered by national radio and TV stations.

How the community can cope and deal with present situation of prolonged drought situation.

ALIN future plans of video trainings and its importance to the community.

Preparation of Copenhagen meeting in Denmark.

How to create strategies of independence between farmers.

How the community can foresee drought situations and how to prepare for them.

 Discussion on the present situation of the drought.

Indigenous knowledge importance. (When a person dies in the community, a library has died.)

The effects of chemical medicine.

Importance of the CKC.

Gave the literature on how Mutomo people cope with harsh drought situations like thirst.

Water harvesting importance.

 

Gave example of a farmer Mr. Musya Kisinga on how he sustains his cows by feeding the acacia seeds, kales and pawpaw stocks. The farmer had established fish pond so that incase grass gets finished, all cows and goats will die then fish will survive. Also how he’s getting a lot of money from Miraa.

 

He urged the community people to think of different ideas on what to do to cope with this harsh drought situations, especially water harvesting.

 

Discussion groups.

People were grouped into three groups.

Question for the discussion.

What are you doing to cope with current prolonged drought situation? What are the strategies that you have put across to cope with the situation.

 

Group 1

·         Feeding the animals on ‘Mathunzuu’ (root tubers).

·         Buying grass from far.

·         Removing grass from houses and feeding it to animals.

·         Selling animals at a throw away price.

·         Skipping meals.

·         People prefer cheaper foods like unfinished processed rice and maize.

·         Eating the dead cows irrespective of the death cause.

·         Eating one goat or cow when the food is completely out of stock.

·         Borrowing food and returning later.

·         Temporary migration to other parts of like Meru.

·         Irrigating our vegetable with little water available.

·         Buy water at a very high price.

·         Involvement in charcoal burning.

·         Stealing of food from galleries or farm.

·         Take children to school so that they benefit from school feeding program me.

 

Group 2

·         Hard Casual jobs for everyone even women.

·         Selling scrapes.

·         Digging terraces and earth dams.

·         People digging boreholes in dry riverbeds to sell water and get some income.

·         All cows are dead. Now people use hands for digging but not cows; carrying water on heads because donkeys are dead or too weak to carry water.

·         Rationing water for cows. Eating dry leaves make them over drink water and die.

 

 

Group three.

·         Migrating animals to nearby water and forest bodies.

·         Storage of grass before drought.

·         Feeding animals with acacia seeds and pawpaw stalks.

·         Engaging in food for work programmes in order to get some relief foods.

·         Selling house equipments and furniture to get money for food.

·         Food rationing.

·         Improvising foods. Like taking ‘ugali’ with pepper and salt.

·         Drink a mixture of water and tea leaves to sustain them.

·         Migrating to relatives who live in other places.

·         Men move and live women with children.

·         Rushing to see the Vice president, he might give some relief food.

 

Questions/comments/suggestions from members.

a)     Can we get a CKC here in Mivukoni? Kyuso is very far 30kms away.

b)    We would like to learn much about water harvesting. Water is the only thing that can solve our problems.

c)     Right now, it has been too hot for two years, when it rains, a lot of new diseases will arise, what information do you have for us on such diseases.

d)    What information do you have on Mathunzuu (root tubers), is it fit for animal intake?

e)     We have a lot of indigenous information and we will take it to ‘Kwa Doro ‘(CKC).

f)     A farmer Elizabeth Muneeni said that she was preparing to graft ‘Kivuvwa’ a drought resistant tree with mangoes; in fact she had already planted the tree. She promised to liars with the CKC incase its successful.

g)    Give us your contacts incase we need to communicate.

h)     “Me I was just passing and a friend invited me to this meeting, I have gained a lot, you have good initiatives, I liked the meeting “Said Pastor Julias Nzau.

i)      “I have a story, during last rains, there were a lot of mosquitoes, imagine I just placed a certain tree in my house and the mosquitoes got lost will bring that information to your centre”. Said John Mutsya.

j)      “We have discovered a lot of things in the community; we discovered that there are so many trees here that keep water in their roots. I have collected several of them and I am still carrying out the research, I will bring the information to the CKC.”Said Zachariah Mwenga”.

k)     I know of the porridge that clears thirst. We prepare it locally. Maybe when you tell us how Mutomo people do it.

After discussions, people ate and left on their own pleasure after the closing prayer.

 

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