Green Alliance Africa

About Us

Green Alliance Africa (GAA)– a National Development Organisation - was founded in 2010 and is registered as an indigenous ‘not for profit’ organization. The organization was established with mandates focusing on mobilizing and empowering communities to improve their livelihood and guide them towards self sustainability.

GAA recognizes agricultural producers and communities as key stewards of ecosystems and biodiversity and we enables them to play those roles effectively. We together apply an integrated ecosystem approach to agricultural landscapes to enhance rural livelihoods, Conserve biodiversity and ecosystem services and develop more sustainable and productive agricultural systems .We work with communities, private sector, government and development partners and other stakeholders    in adopting a systematic approach towards innovative green sectors through sound  natural resources management, productive eco  agriculture ,gender inclusion  ,policies and improving access to finance for both rural and semi urban communities.

Over the years, the organization has increased its areas of operation and expertise and aims currently at enhancing food security, contributing to better biodiversity and ecosystems, among rural and semi urban dwellers, supporting income generating activities in agriculture, natural resource management  through increasing awareness of the importance of a protected environment,  improving access to productive eco agricultural inputs ,access to financial services and women empowerment especially in rural areas

GAA’s actions are directed at offering development services and contributing to improve the lives of especially the economically disadvantaged, vulnerable and marginalized.

CIDI successfully uses participatory approaches in setting community objectives and in implementing its programs. Capacity development through promotion of selected technologies, entrepreneur skills, trainings and provision of material support to communities has been at the centre of GAA’s existence.

VISION

Empowered and sustainable communities enjoying improved livelihoods reflected by increased income good governance, gender equality and environmentally sound & sustainable eco agriculture productive systems.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

Working with Communities to support diverse individuals and organizations at the local, national and international levels, improving people’s quality of life, reinvigorating their capacities and potential to undertake realistic decisions through rights based advocacy, economic empowerment and innovative sustainable agricultural practises to create sustainable eco agriculture productive landscapes and for all.

GOAL:

The organisation aim at promoting improved livelihoods by supporting community based green environment initiatives, sustainable eco agriculture, income generating activities and adoption of appropriate technologies for self-reliance.

KEY OBJECTIVE

To enhance communities’ economic livelihood, empowerment and position through sustainable eco agriculture and increased gender and youth participation with aim of promoting integrated and sustainable  farming as a business in an eco friendly manner. As well as to directly deliver into rural communities, a comprehensive leadership and empowerment process through which marginalized and poor are provided with the mechanisms to improve food security and green environment for economic betterment.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

  • To improve upon socio-economic livelihood of the marginalized groups in Communities.
  • To contribute to improved good environmental eco agricultural practices for the small holder farmers through enhanced extension services, improved access to finance, inputs, varieties and technology in a sustainable environment.
  • To stimulate knowledge development and policy influencing on the sustainable agriculture and renewable sector in target areas and improving food security, through value chain assessments,  systematization of innovative  practices and establishing centres of excellence in green economy
  • To build Pro-poor market development initiatives and commercialization of poor households in Kenya for enhanced community empowerment
  • To transform communities through adoption of appropriate technology and entrepreneurial development for self-sustenance.
  • To promote aspects of gender responsiveness in Community development.
  • To contribute to producer associations/farmers organization governance and leadership for improved business solutions to further develop a market led agriculture sector in target areas.

Our Approach

GAA support intergrated farming systems. We do not prioritize the goals of any one sector but rather support collaboration toward shared goals and needs for the rural and urban communities.

We work with a wide range of partners and collaborators – from farmers and community organizations to international businesses, policy makers, and donors – providing direct support, education, training, research, and policy analysis to help these groups implement and support effective ecoagriculture practices and policies. GAA emphasizes respect for cultural diversity and self-determination and works with producer organisation, privates sector, government and other stakeholders who use a wide range of approaches to achieve Citizen goals and mission of poverty eradiation and achieving the millennium development goals.

GAA achieve our goals in three ways:

  1. We investigate specific GAA culture practices and outcomes to better understand how sustainable agriculture and natural resource including clean renewable energy can be managed to provide many different goods and services at the same time. Much of this work is conducted as “action research”—assisting local stakeholders in managing their resources more effectively while simultaneously generating new scientific knowledge.
  1. We pull together existing research and practice at a  local, national regional and global scale to assess the effectiveness of GAA approaches and identify those strategies that work best in different contexts. 

We evaluate promising market-based strategies that support GAA market strategies—including eco-standards and payment for ecosystem services—to identify how these can more effectively support whole landscape approaches.

Pillars for GAA

We enhance a vision of rural and urban communities managing their resources to jointly achieve three broad goals at a landscape scale.

  • Enhance rural livelihoods;
  • Conserve or enhance biodiversity and ecosystem services; and
  • Develop more sustainable and productive agricultural systems.

GAA has a both conservation strategy and a rural development strategy. GAA recognizes agricultural producers and communities as key stewards of ecosystems and biodiversity and enables them to play those roles effectively. GAA applies an integrated ecosystem approach to agricultural landscapes to address all three pillars, drawing on diverse elements of production and conservation management systems. Meeting the goals of  GAA usually requires collaboration or coordination between diverse stakeholders who are collectively responsible for managing key components of a landscape.