Tag - Agriculture

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Vegetable gardens against child malnutrition
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FAO helps Gambian farmers to face climate changes
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What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?
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“El Día del Trillo”
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Fundació Campaner has helped 25 children to solve the cleft lip
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Where’s Diffa?
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Nicaragua lacks manpower
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Cocoa, the Nicaraguan hope

Vegetable gardens against child malnutrition

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Mali is one of the poorest countries around the world, with an income average of $1.500per capita/year.  The main resource of funds there is agriculture; in fact, 80% of the employees in Mali work in agriculture.

logo-casa-de-mali-webVegetable gardens are shared by all the people of the village and exploited by women. Their products are the sustenance of the families, reason why it becomes a point of vital importance, source of its feeding. In addition, the garden is also a source of resources, since women can sell a part of their products in the market.

In Djelibani, a small village in the South of the country, the vegetable garden that exist today is too small and doesn’t supply the needs of the village.

The main problem is double: on the one hand, the lack of the needed resources to cultivate good vegetables and, on the other hand, the deficiency knowledge of horticulture world. The consequence of all this is the increasing child malnutrition among young people.  

logo_planetahuertoIn line with its environmental commitment, Planeta Huerto is now starting a new project in order to improve this situation. They will do it in collaboration with Casa de Mali, an entity that, among others, works to end child malnutrition, increasing the production of vegetables in Mali and providing new crop technologies.

Thanks of the funds collected by Planeta Huerto, the existing vegetable garden could be expanded and 20 women will receive agricultural training to improve productivity.

The start of this project coincides with the financing of the dam that will benefit more tan 1000 people in Agraharam, a small village in Andhra Pradesh (India) and it wil be implemented by Fundación Vicente Ferrer.

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FAO helps Gambian farmers to face climate changes

Gambia is subject to severe weather condition. In 2012, many areas were touched and that affected the productive capacity of agriculture.

In this way the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), under the Emergency Assistance Project for the fourth time, set training programs to help Gambian farmers adapt to climate changes. Thus, farmers will be able to better manage the weather risks in order to preserve their productive capacity.

The objective of these programs, according to the FAO assistant rep, is to ensure that they build the capacity of communities and targeted vulnerable households and people, to enable them tackle hazards like drought and floods.” says an article from Allafrica.

It is important to point out that the main target of all helps for Gambia is to learn them how to be autonomous. They need to face problems by themselves to evolve and reach a better level of development. In an other hand, they need materials to work in acceptable conditions and many others stuff to handle such a development.

At last, those aids are in line with the Worldcoo project which consist to give workshops, materials and building material. Furthermore, Gambian farmers would be able to face to bad wether conditions with greater ease and safety.

What DESOS NGO is doing with my donation?

Desos Opció Solidaria NGO needs 15.000 euros to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse to get producer families out of their current precarious work situation.

Cocoa has an added value compared to other agricultural products. Unlike rice, beans, maize or other important basic products grown in Kukra River for consumption, cocoa helps the promotion of the productive economy of the region.

Cocoa is already grown in Kukra River by local producers. Each producer ferment and dry the crop in its own plot, without having the necessary equipment, so the cocoa is being sold at low prices that do not allow economic development of farming families.

To improve the quality of cocoa and allow the commercialization at a fairer price in the national and international markets is essential to provide farmers with new tools to increase the value of production. To do this, Desos Opció Solidaria NGO is seeking funds to build a drying machine, a fermenter machine and a warehouse in the COOPMULKRI’s installations, located in the community of La Aurora, Kukra River, Nicaragua.

15,000 euros is the amount needed to expand facilities and to ensure the training of farmers through various workshops on farming techniques, management, gender equality, cooperatives, environmental sustainability and technical advice in the field.

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Source: Desos Opció Solidària NGO

“El Día del Trillo”

Every Thursday, in La Aurora, Nicaragua, there is a tradition related with agriculture and rice. It’s called “El día del Trillo” (The thresh day). This tradition consists in that each farmer goes to la Aurora, to the COOPMULKRI cooperative, to thresh the rice produced in their own plots.

Thanks to DESOS NGO this cooperative works every Thursday full of its possibilities. They work to improve the quality of basic grain crops, as rice, beans and corn, because it makes up the basic diet of Nicaraguan society. Thus, this NGO in COOPMULKRI helps the farmers in the crop rotation, sowing seeds of good quality and postharvest processes.

At the same time, improving the quality of the grains is used to promote the economy of the community. The increase in production and quality guarantees superpluses to commercialize in the local and national market, and it’s transformed in wealth and in improving their way of life.

In the Desos’ Flikr account you can see images about how they work.

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Fundació Campaner has helped 25 children to solve the cleft lip

The cleft lip is a birth defect lip fissure consisting of a crack or separation in the upper lip. It is estimated that some environmental factors (such as certain medicines, drugs, lack of vitamins,…) can react with certain specific genes and thus infect the normal procedure of the palate and lip creation. The embryo’s head is formed during the first six to eight weeks of pregnancy.

In Niger there is a considerable number of children suffering from this malformation. In this case it is likely to be caused by malnutrition of the mother in gestation length.

In 2012, Fundació Campaner subsidized surgery to solve this disease for 25 children, who are often discriminated by the society due to Noma.

These interventions have been carried out by Nigerian doctors. Health services in Niger are payable, which means that most parents of the children suffering from Noma have no possibilities to pay the surgery. Through collaborations like the Fundació Campaner conducted in the area, these children may have a more dignified life and are prevented from social discrimination.

Source: Fundació Campaner’s Report.

Where’s Diffa?

Diffa is a region situated in the southeast extreme of Niger. Its capital it’s also called Diffa and it’s near the country’s border with Nigeria. In 2010, the region had a population of 473,563 people, 51 % of men; in a country where the same year the population was more than 15 million people.

Niger is a relatively young country, the average age in 2011 was 15 years. This is due to the fact there is a significant number of children per woman in the country, 7.1. The mortality rate is no one of the highest in sub-Saharan Africa, as life expectancy for both men and women is around 60 years.

The economy of Niger, and also Diffa’s Region, is primarily agricultural, based upon pastoralism and farming. The major crop, grown both for subsistence and sale, is Millet, especially drought tolerant varieties.

Nicaragua lacks manpower

One of the majors Nicaraguan newspapers, “El Nuevo Diario”, published today about the hard situation the Nicaraguan coffee is going through. According to this paper, the coffee growing in Nicaragua has now another enemy than the rust fungus: the lack of manpower. Now still remains to be harvest up to 45% of grain production in the 2012-2013 cycle. Farmers and industry professionals warn it can provoke millionaire economic losses.

“Investments are leaving, the coffee is falling and the quality is losing. Nicaragua has a bigger problem than the rust, we have 40 to 45% of the crop still in the bushes and there are no people to pick it up” warned Henry Hüeck, one of the most important coffee producers of the country.

According to producers, the lack of manpower in the coffee is due to several reasons, among which are mentioned the migration of lot of people to Costa Rica and the heavy rains which doesn’t stop in the north of the country. It prevents the cutters to go and pick up the ripe coffee.

Cocoa, the Nicaraguan hope

The growth of cocoa exports from Nicaragua to EU have been experiencing a strong growth since 2007, 45%, but aren’t still enough. This shows there is a strong demand and consolidated into Nicaraguan quality cocoa, instead it must be increasing because the poverty in the region is strong.

The Republic of Nicaragua is the largest country in the Central America isthmus. It has approximately 6 million multi-ethnic population. There are conflicts between the population of ethnic diversity and the origin of many of its inhabitants (exrefugees in Costa Rica after the Civil War in Nicaragua), with a consequent territorial conflict. This, coupled with inequalities, lack of training and skills, sexism, individualism and violence, causes a lack of social cohesion that prevents the development of these regions. Added to this is extreme poverty, scarcity of resources among producers, low production and basically meant for home consumption, and the lack of capital for relevant changes. In addition, the natural environment is deteriorating due to poor farming practices that advances the agricultural frontier with the use of “slash and burn” (burning of forests for cultivation, instead of making rotational crops), and the very harmful chemical use.

Thus, the increasing in the cocoa exportations is one of the best ways to change the actual situation in Nicaragua.

Source: Trade Map

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