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Alternative Income Generating Activities

Conservation programs that are initiated in economically impoverished but biodiversity rich locations should be designed to provide sustainable economic incentives that benefit local stakeholders. This allows them to be partners in conservation programs. The Kakamega Integrated Conservation Project promotes income-generating strategies that meet the communities' economic needs while enhancing ecological success by reducing pressure on the Kakamega Forest's biological resources. These strategies include the training of farmers and women's groups, farmer-to-farmer training and technology transfer and assistance from ICIPE to farmers in marketing the products. The project has set up 11 co-operative societies to facilitate implementation of the income generating programs within the community. The key income generating activities are as follows.

 

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