The annual Nairobi International Trade Fair took place at the Jamhuri Park grounds from the 29th September 2014 to the 5th October 2014. For the first time since its inception in 1901, ARocha Kenya was more than privileged to be part of it this year, thanks to the partnership with Kenya Forest Service (KFS).
A Rocha Kenya’s stand at the trade fair.
The trade fair, which was open to the public was officially opened by His Excellency; Uhuru Kenyatta the president of the republic of Kenya. It brings together various organizations from Kenya and beyond, making it a highly attended event.
Mc Rae(A Rocha Kenya’s Community conservation officer), putting a cross a point
With this year’s theme being “Enhancing technology in agriculture and industry for food security and national growth”, the trade fair proved to be an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing ideas in the application of technology for food security and thus, this year it attracted 433 local exhibitors and 43 international exhibitors.
ARocha Kenya was hosted by Kenya forest Service, thus giving us the opportunity to display and demonstrate various activities we carry out as a biodiversity conservation organization both in Nairobi and watamu.
Jimmy(A Rocha Kenya’s church and livelihood officer), explaining to a show goer how green manure is made.
Our presentation on Conservation Agriculture (Farming God’s Way) got the interest of various individuals who visited our station. It sparked the consciousness of the environment in relation to agriculture among the various individuals. This demonstration supplemented our vision, conserving nature and transforming people. We also highlighted our success stories in Dakatcha where we are doing farming God’s way and as well as ASSETS (Arabuko Sokoke Schools and Ecotourism Scheme).A communal program that has been able to educate over 500 kids living near Arabuko Sokoke forest.
Claire(A Rocha Kenya’s employee) talking to QTv’s Mr Nathan during the interview
Our participation in the trade fair was further heightened when a local television station (Qtv) that airs an agricultural program dubbed “mkulima ni ujuzi” visited our stand for an interview to find out more about our conservation work.
Naigara primary school kids from Narok county pose for a picture at our stand.
As an organization, our most beneficial moment from the trade fair was being able to spread the message of environmental conservation to people and nurturing the interest of school kids in the environment.