Who we are
Community Sustainable Development Empowerment Programme (COSDEP) is a registered non-governmental organization (NGO) that focuses on ensuring continued learning and practice of organic farming in rural communities for improved food and dietary conditions. The organization’s main offices are located at Kihara Township, in Kiambu District. It was founded in 2001 as a farmer’s training programme in Kiambu and became a non-governmental Organization (NGO) in 2004. Ever since COSDEP has reached out and is already working with farmers in parts of two counties namely Kiambu and Murang’a where at least 20,000 small scale farmers have been trained and two thirds involved in exchange visits as a way of promoting knowledge and information exchange among them.
COSDEP-Kenya is governed by a seven (7) Board of Directors comprised of representatives across the area of coverage, the program Director and a chairperson. Besides it has a strong personnel team of employees and occasionally offers internship to college students.
1. Hannah Gaithuma – Chair lady
2. Stanley Kinyanjui – CEO and Board Secretary
3. Rachel Wangui – Board Treasurer
4. Isaac Kamau – Board Member
5. John Wainaina – Board Member
6. Alice Ngatia – Board Member
7. Joyce Munene – Board Member
Our Mission Statement:
We are committed to promoting sustainable development initiatives among the poor small scale farmers in Central region through participatory practices
Our Long Term Goal is to build the communities’ capacity to secure their own food; nutrition and income security at the house hold level
1. To equip the farming households including young farmers with the ability to be self reliant and food/nutrition secured in an ecologically sound way, and where possible to produce surplus and add value for effective marketing.
2. To ensure that continuity of organic farming practice and information spread through farmer to farmer learning and interaction is happening extensively in all communities where COSDEP works.
3. To complement and actively participate in appropriate networks for information exchange and advocacy at all level.
4. To establish COSDEP as a relevant, well organized, motivated and adequately resourced organization doing high quality work.
COSDEP envisions a just, self reliant rural community which is social-economic and environmentally conscious and sustainable.
COSDEP is guided by the following values: Hard work, Integrity, Team work, Learning, Growth and Sustainability
In this post is a presentation on Ecological pest management for reading Ecological PEST MANAGEMENT (EPM)
COSDEP has produced a training manual that comprises of all the training notes in organic farming practices both crops and animals. It is available for sale to farmers and other individuals that may be interested to learn.
We have hereby attached a copy of it for readingCOSDEPs Training Manual
COSDEP undertakes various projects within its programmes which it seeks support for locally and internationally. Below is a summarized information sheet on the projects:-
1. Using Organic Farming to Improve Food, Nutrition and Income Security for Rural Poor Farmers:
Organic farming is a system of agriculture that uses environmentally sound techniques for raising crops and livestock that are free from synthetic compound. The methods used in organic farming seeks to increase long term soil fertility, balance insect and organism populations and reduce air, soil and water pollution while maintaining or increasing levels of production which is what we are promoting under this project.
2. Water harvesting and agro forestry depending on the target groups:
This particular project is geared towards solving clean water problem for rural households. The main goal is to empower and Enable Rural People Harvest, Use and Conserve Clean Water as a Bridge to Reduction of Poverty through mobilization and training to own a reservoir for domestic use and kitchen gardening from recycled water.
Project objectives include;
• Enlighten the people on the importance and appropriate ways of obtaining clean and sustainable water.
• Demonstrate ways of conserving and taking care of the catchment areas and the general ambience.
• Ensure that at least every house hold has a considerable reservoir for harvesting clean rain water and
• Educate the people on how to use water sparingly and possible recycling for maximum utility.
• Planting more trees
3. Managing HIV/AIDS through Organic Farming: Organically produced foods can effectively be used to manage the effects of AIDS and related complications. This will require training the farmers on many techniques such as community support activities, labor sharing groups and clubs and use of ox-plough and other draught power which is what this project is trying to promote.
4. Youth Empowerment in Sustainable Agriculture Project
YESAP’s long term goal is to build youth capacity to secure income and become self employed through value addition and marketing of organic farm produce and encourage improvement of organic food production, nutrition and income at household level to alleviate poverty.