Wild living resources makaa zingira eco-charcoal briquettes: sustainable community based energy for Kenya & livelihoods
Wild living resources makaa zingira eco-charcoal briquettes: sustainable community based energy for Kenya & livelihoods
Over 75% of East Africans survive through subsistence modes of agriculture. In most cases harvest yields from staple crops such as maize are only enough to maintain a hand to mouth existence for most families. With a limited rural tertiary manufacturing sector and opportunity for formal wage employment, an expanding and increasingly land hungry human population continues to settle on semi arid agriculturally marginal areas.

Exacerbated by the almost endemic occurrence of drought, these people have increasingly turned to what naturally occurs around them for short t erm monetary gain. Overgrazing, soil erosion and loss of water catchment areas is resulting in an ecological and long term disaster reducing the potential success of any future sustainable development initiatives. Extensive exploitative charcoal production, for example, is reducing grazing productivity and drastically contributing to the desertification of Kenya’s range lands.

As these increasingly settled marginal areas are home to an estimated 75% of the countries plant and animal wildlife resource, Kenya has witnessed a drastic decline in both habitat and wildlife numbers. Those wild areas left are being degraded at alarming rates resulting in long term ecological damage. The country is fast losing not only a valued biodiversity resource, but also a unique natural resource that has the potential to significantly contribute to livelihoods creation and the development of the country through sustainable and wise use.
The NGO will work with subsistence farmers on improved technologies for eco-charcoal briquettes towards sustainable energy and improved livelihoods in conservation of their natural resources
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Project Snapshot

Wild Living Resources
Area Of Work:
Climate Change Mitigation
Grant Amount:
US$ 48,000.00
Co-Financing Cash:
US$ 6,141.00
Co-Financing in-Kind:
US$ 45,236.00
Project Number:
Satisfactorily Completed
Project Characteristics and Results
Gender Focus
All segments of the local community will benefit from the WLR MakaaZingira project through the provision of dependable incomes through the wise and sustainable use and conservation of on farm natural resources. Improved biodiversity and ecological conservation will also improve traditional farming thereby improving food security. Added income will especially be critical during times of drought when crop failures and little other opportunity for formal wage employment will be offset by the income derived from sustainable production and marketing of Non Wood Forest Products that naturally occur on farmers lands. Small scale subsistence farmers and especially women who represent some 60% of stakeholders in the project will be the primary beneficiaries of the project. As Household heads, women will be able to effectively disseminate added income to households food, health and education needs.
Promoting Public Awareness of Global Environment
All the information gathered during the baseline assessment, training and capacity building, consultative processes, lobby and advocacy certification process, marketing and supply chain development activities during the entire duration of the project will be compiled and presented to the community, project partners and key stakeholders as; reports, training manuals, uploaded on the MakaaZingira website, social media marketing pages, brochures, presentations at PIC and other consultative meetings, craft fairs displays, advertising content through marketing partners, posters and display stands.
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Grantee Contact

Mr. Anthony Maina
Phone: 0728 608618


P.O. Box 974
MOMBASA , 80108

SGP Country office contact

Ms. Nancy Chege
(254-20) 7624473
(254-20) 621076
Ms. Salome Nyakundi


UNDP, P.O. Box 30218
Nairobi, 00100