10-11-2021 by Freddie del Curatolo
Reforesting for the climate and at the same time obviate the hunger and vitamin deficiency of thousands of Kenyans, particularly children and students, trying also to decrease a type of fatal accident second in the country only to the automobile one.
This is the ambitious, intelligent project of the Italian non-profit organization Karibuni, immediately shared by the national agricultural research institute KALRO, in its headquarters in Msabaha, on the outskirts of Malindi.
While looking for a way, thanks to the in-depth research of KALRO, to plant and grow in the difficult, arid lands of Langobaya fruit trees such as mango, papaya, passion flower and different types of citrus, the director of Karibuni Onlus, Jackson Kanai has completed an agreement to plant dwarf coconut palms.
That's right, because this is the second leading cause of death in Kenya from accidents: people climbing on stems of more than 10 meters to cut and drop the mature coconuts and in turn fall. Hundreds of deaths each year but also many disabilities created by this practice, often necessary for Kenyans to earn a living and feed themselves.
"KALRO invited us to be their partner to grow 25 thousand specimens of dwarf palms, cedar and cashew plants and distribute them within 2 years to schools, communities and public spaces, creating forests and markets where the fruits can be sold and used for food - explains Kanaii - thanks to this agreement, we will buy the very young plants at half price and create a nursery in our farm in Langobaya".
Thanks also to the promise of partnership from the Green Africa Foundation, which with Karibuni had already launched the reforestation initiative "Plant your age", inviting donations with which to grow a plant together with a child or to commemorate anniversaries and so on, and the assistance of the Kenya Forest Research Institute, which will be involved in the training, Karibuni's initiative with the institutions that work closely together to protect the environment, which means climate and food safety, and in this case also physical safety, takes on truly important contours.
"It was not easy to be considered suitable and reliable - explains the President of Karibuni, Gianfranco Ranieri - after several visits to Langobaya, studies of the terrain, ability to provide water with the new well, technical capabilities of our team and our economic resources to support it all, we passed the exam with flying colors. Our director Kanai will do a master's degree at KARLO and every week a team from the national agricultural institution will come to check on progress."
Green Africa will supply thousands of selected seeds and specialized teams, and the Italian honorary warden Adriano Ghirardello will go into schools with Karibuni to talk about defending and protecting the environment, an indispensable resource in an area ravaged by drought and poverty.
Karibuni, among the realities of compatriots who seek to bring benefits to the local population, has always distinguished itself for speaking with facts, trying to create a link between the many problems that afflict in particular the hinterland of Malindi, where now the Italian non-profit organization is a salvation and a symbol of growth for thousands of families in the area.
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