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Elide Friday, 5 July 2013

A year has gone. What have we achieved at the farm?

Thanks to the contribution of 25.000 Euros for its activity, today the SDF is self-sufficient and an important support for its own community, 782 direct beneficiaries, 4.000 indirect beneficiaries.
A year has gone. What have we achieved at the farm?
What have we done?
We have kept agricultural classes about how to make organic fertilizers from animal droppings and on how to grow a proper garden. We have distributed seeds to 50 families, harvested over 6 tons of corn on the community terrain, introduced 56 members to pigs breed. For 100 families we have improved the diet of pregnant mothers, mothers with small children and elderly people, distributing chicken as an egg resource and distributing the fish from the community pond. We have purchased 1500 chicken for the egg production, followed by employed HIV-positive persons. We have introduced 66 families to banana cultivation, distributed 100 energy saving stoves and 2.000 Eucalyptus plants for the production of fire-wood.
Last but not least, we have installed a solar energy water pump, which pumps 8.000 liters of save water per day. Like this 24.000 Euros, otherwise spent on gasoline, are saved monthly by the farm.

What has this all brought?
So far, the beneficiaries introduced to agricultural techniques, to the breed of pigs and chicks, to the cultivation of banana and corn, are able to improve their income, reselling the harvested surplus, but in first place, a save source of food on which to feed the one family day by day has been build.

How does the farm be self-sufficient?
The farm works after a self-sufficient cycle, right as farms worked in past times. While distributing pigs, chicks, seeds and banana shoots, the SDF asks the beneficiaries to return a part of the breed or harvest. The returned part is then, again distributed to further beneficiaries.
Moreover the SDF has got wide land, on which corn, peanuts, bananas, pineapples are grown by the community… part of the harvest is distributed to families in need within the community, another part is sold for a further income. Also the eggs from the chicken breed and the piglets, which are born as a “surplus” are resold by the SDF. The income gained through these activities, goes to sustain indigent families within the community and the farm itself.
But, the project does not end here: right now at the farm we are working to build a 60 tons silo for a save food conservation. Read more here.

If you want to know further details about the final report on the SDF’s activity, download the full report following here.
A year has gone. What have we achieved at the farm?
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