Stephan Lutz

Stephan Lutz, holds an MSc. in Ecological Agriculture and a BSc. in Tropical Agriculture from the University of Kassel in Germany. He has worked for the last 16 years with World Renew in Kenya first as a volunteer and then as Program Consultant consulting with Anglican Church based relief and development organizations throughout the country on organizational capacity building for transformational community development through the implementation of multi-thematic integrated development programs (mostly in agriculture/food security, water, health/nutrition and village savings and loans).

He has a passion for environmental stewardship and restoration, climate change advocacy, strategic thinking, servant leadership, participatory community development and working with small holder farmers in producing nutritious and diverse foods in an ecological, economic-viable, empowering and sustainable way. Born and raised in Honduras (Central America), Stephan has lived and worked in several other countries, including Germany, USA, Mali and Kenya. He currently resides with his family in Kenya for the last 16 years.

May 27, 2019 by Stephan Lutz

When A Community Takes on its Own Challenges

In 2013, World Renew began work in the community of Ng’enda, Kenya. With funding from the Northern Alberta Diaconal Conference of Canada and the support of our local partner, Anglican Development Services of Mt. Kenya, we began—as we usually do—by talking with the community itself.

Nov 7, 2018 by Stephan Lutz

The Sweet and Sour of Beekeeping

KENYA - In the county of Bungoma, western Kenya, we recently met with a community-based organization engaged in beekeeping. They encourage and support beekeepers of all sorts — young and old, male and female, able and disabled — who add to their livelihoods by raising bees and “growing” honey crops.

Aug 6, 2018 by Stephan Lutz

Working Together is Always Better

KENYA - In Kenya, World Renew advocates sustainable food security by promoting conservation agriculture. The drought-resistant practices of CA promise to help farmers weather climate unpredictability and soil fertility issues in ways that traditional..

May 24, 2018 by Stephan Lutz

Access to Markets

KENYA - Francis Mukui is a zucchini farmer in the Mundoro area of the settlement of Kiganjo in south central Kenya. Now twenty-six years old, he has been farming for the last two years but has had trouble finding markets for his product. “Zucchini are delicate products,” he says. “Once they mature, they must get to market immediately, otherwise they are wasted.” Mr. Mukui has also struggled to grow a product of high-enough quality. Between the fragile nature and inconsistent quality of his product, he says he used to lose up to 100 kgs in a week, and so almost gave up on farming.

Nov 8, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

How Agroecology Can Prevent Climate Change

Agroecology, also known as ecological or sustainable regenerative agriculture, is not a new practice. It has been used by many since humanity started cultivating crops. It is basically the practice of producing food while sustaining or even improving the environment.

Sep 7, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

Conservation Agriculture Takes Hold

Ruth Ikaru shows off her her crops to representatives of the Canadian High Commission and the Canadian Foodgrains Bank.

Sep 7, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

The Fruits of a Theological Education

Sammy Mbote will soon be ordained as an evangelist.

Jun 29, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

My Farm is a Gold Mine

Joseph Gatitu calls his farm a gold mine. The 34-year-old father lives in Ng’enda, Kenya with his wife and two young children. A trained lorry driver, Joseph drove lorries and mini vans for 10 years, waking up early on cold mornings and driving for long distances. Joseph earned about $100 US per month, hardly enough to sustain his family and support his aging parents. Long hours on the road left him little time to spend with his family and led to marital disputes.

Jun 29, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

Skipping Meals Was Normal

Ndunga Katumo sold his four goats and all the chickens he had but it was not enough. As the drought in southeast Kenya worsened, he had to start borrowing from his neighbors just to feed his household of 8. “Skipping meals was normal at my home,” he says. After the failure of the critical “long rains” from March to May and on the heels of recurrent droughts across the country, Kenya declared a national drought emergency earlier this year with millions of citizens not getting adequate food. Ndunga Katumo is one of these Kenyans.

Jun 16, 2017 by Stephan Lutz

A Life Rescued and Transformed

Trapped in alcoholism, living with HIV, and spurned by her family and society, Joyce was hopeless. She wanted to die, to end the misery. Joyce was just 26 years old. Born into a very poor family, Joyce barely completed elementary school. Her mother was a single parent without the means to even feed her family. Sometimes she did menial jobs for other villagers; sometimes she resorted to sex work to make ends meet. Eventually Joyce’s mother died of AIDS.