Our Vision

To be a lead institution for universal adoption of organic agriculture”.KIOF is a pioneer and leader in organic agriculture, and is committed to seeing global adoption of organic agriculture through training in organic practices, processing of organic pesticides, manufacturing of biomedicine, and marketing of both fresh and dried organic produce and livestock.

Our Mission

To promote organic farming through training, producing, processing and marketing of organic produce for healthy lifestyle and economic empowerment

Animals Keeping Education

KIOF mission is “To promote organic farming through training, producing, processing and marketing of organic produce for healthy lifestyle and economic empowerment”

Crops Growing

Farmers get advice on how to grow different type of crops and also on how to ensure their fields remains fertile and productive all the time,using organic form of farming.

Quality pig farming

 

Welcome to Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF)

The Kenya Institute of Organic Farming (KIOF) is a non-governmental organization operating throughout Kenya and the Eastern Africa region. It is not operated for profit or other commercial purposes, but exists solely for the benefit of the public at large by promoting rural development and education in organic agriculture and related marketing services. The Institute is located in Juja town on the ultramodern Nairobi-Thika Superhighway. It was officially established in 1986 to train and promote organic farming methods, mainly among smallholder Kenyan farmers. Initial programmes carried out in the former Central and Eastern Provinces of Kenya proved successful as they encouraged low-cost farming. As a result, organic farming became exceedingly popular, leading to rising demand for general information and training on organic agriculture from all over East Africa. Currently KIOF promotes practical training to farmer groups, KCSE level students and other rural youth.

What is Organic Farming ?

Organic can mean a variety of things to farmers and consumers in different countries around the world. At the base of each meaning, however, is a system of food, fibre and fuel production that is free from synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilisers. It is a method of agriculture in which a healthy plant grows from soil that has been nurtured through addition of natural materials such as manure, compost and other soil amendments.

Crop rotation, companion planting and good cultural practices are used as natural defences against pests and diseases that can adversely affect crops. Likewise, healthy livestock are raised without using hormones, antibiotics and synthetic drugs. Genetically modified organisms are not allowed under organic systems. The farmer attempts to “close the loop” by recycling farm waste internally and limiting external inputs.
Here are the courses offered at KIOF

Management
KIOF has a strong team of hands-on training and support staff.
The organisation is managed by a Board of directors. The day-to-day running of the organisation and its activities is managed by the Director, John W. Njoroge, who works with a team of programme co-ordinators.
In order to discharge its mandate effectively, KIOF has divided its operations into five distinct services. These are: Training, Extension, Information Dissemination, Participatory On-Farm Research, and Consultancy. These services are provided by the following three departments:
» Training department, whose responsibilities also include training of farmers and organising regional workshops.
» Consultancy and Outreach department, which handles participatory on-farm research, consultancy services and demonstration centres.
» Information department, whose tasks include managing the Institute’s well-stocked library and producing various publications. The department puts out a monthly newsletter as well as a quarterly magazine known as Mambo Leisa – previously it was called Foes of Famine.
These departments are backed by a central administrative secretariat.

TAILOR-MADE COURSES

Other courses offered to farmers include:

  • Mushroom production:  This includes both theory and practicals in value addition and marketing of mushrooms. Farmers are advised to make prior arrangements with KIOF trainers so as to have all the necessary equipment and materials before training commences.
  • Quality management systems (QMS): For producer groups this entails the following: Group certification, risk management, internal standard developments, internal inspection and certification, buying, handling and marketing.
  • Other tailor-made courses: These depend on the preference of the farmers involved. Farmers are advised to identify their specific needs and request for training on the same.
Extensions
First course content Second Course Content
Third Course Content Tailor-made courses

Third Course Content

This course concentrates on organic animal husbandry.

  • Animal breeding and reproduction.
  • Specialised animals: fish farming, earthworm rearing, rabbit keeping, pig rearing and poultry rearing.
  • Balanced feeding and home rations.
  • Internal and external parasites and their control.
  • Fodder production and preservation.
  • Feeding young animals: calves, lambs, kids and chicks.
  • Herbal preparation and treatment.
Extensions
First course content Second Course Content
Third Course Content Tailor-made courses

Second Course Content

  • Transition of organic agriculture.
  • Farm layout and record keeping.
  • Principles of organic crop production.
  • Organic seed production.
  • Fertility management.
  • Human nutrition – fruit and vegetable processing.
  • 14-day composting.
  • Value addition of farm produce.
  • Energy conservation.
  • Appropriate technologies.
Extensions
First course content Second Course Content
Third Course Content Tailor-made courses

First course content

  • Soil and water conservation; using an A-frame to determine the contour lines along which cultivation and traces are done.Compost making to
  • improve and maintain soil fertility.
  • Making of liquid manure and plant teas for top dressing.
  • Crop rotation to release nutrients and manage pests and diseases.
  • Mixed cropping to discourage pest build-up and improve soil cover.
  • Making of natural pesticide sprays.
  • Using plant weeds and herbs with known pesticide properties.
  • Introduction to animal husbandry.