By Anwynn Louw – Junior Marketing Assistant
Can a seedball reverse Kenya’s deforestation?
Kenya has lost more than 8% of its forest cover over the last 50 years. Factors which have contributed to the massive deforestation in the country include demand for farming land, politics and poor leadership, nonfunctional government agencies, and globalisation. Unfortunately, the environmental crises doesn’t just stop there. Deforestation is a major cause of Kenya’s severe drought over the past years which damaged agriculture, livestock and livelihoods.
But, all hope is not lost. A seed in a capsule, also known as a seedball, might just be the long-awaited solution to Kenya’s deforestation.
In all of our Kenyan Camps, we have these seedballs for sale at our curio shops. Be sure to stop by and purchase a few to then “plant” on your next game drive into the Mara. We have slingshots in our vehicles that can be used to shoot your seedball deep into the bushes, where it will lie and hopefully bloom into a big, beautiful, and bountiful tree!
What Is A Seedball & How Does It Work?
A Seedball is simply that – a seed inside of a ball of charcoal dust mixed with some nutritious binders. With a focus on helping to reduce the costs of planting various useful indigenous plant species (mostly trees!) in Kenya, these seedballs are the way forward. The biochar coating of the ball helps protect the seed within from predators such as birds, rodents, and insects as well as from extreme temperatures until the rains arrive. Once soaked, the seedball will help retain and prolong a moist environment around the seed to encourage germination.
Here’s What You Can Do:
Check out SEEDBALLS Kenya for more information or to make a donation. If you’re spending time with us in any of our Kenyan Camps, be sure to buy a seedball of your own and make a difference.