Implementation of sustainable farming systems minimizing negative impacts on the environment and climate in the communities of Mpelu and Kimvuma

Funded by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the project is implemented in the Mpelu and Kemvuma villages of the Bolobo Territory in the province of Mai-Ndombe since July 2015 and will end in December 2017 .
This project covers 757 farmers organized into 6 Local Development Committees (CLD) and 10 Farmers’ Clubs of 50 farmers each. Although oriented towards the capacity building of farmers in new agricultural techniques and the increase of their incomes, a particular accent is put on the 4 priority activities which are:

  • the accentuation of reforestation through the planting of seedlings of fruit trees in nurseries after the purchase by WWF-DRC;
  • the intensification of the support to the 75 model farmers so that they are role models to their peers;
  • the establishment of marketing committees in the Local Development Committees (CLD) and Farmers' Clubs for the launching of the common commercialization of harvests;
  • the creation of seed multiplication fields to produce enough seeds.

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It should be noted that the main objective of this project is to strengthen the protection of the environment and improve the economy of the farmers by the establishment of a productive and sustainable agriculture. The expected results to be reached by the project at its end are:

  • 75 Model Farmers have benefited from substantial supervision and represent, thanks to their dedication and the results of their work, examples to their peers;
  • 10,000 fruit tree and Moringa tree seedlings will be planted by the 757 organized farmers;
  • 80% of farmers applied new farming techniques;
  • Under the leadership of the Model Farmers, each CLD or Club has set up 1 ha of seeds multiplication field, made of 1/2 hectare of maize, 1/4 hectare of groundnuts and 1/4 hectare of beans in season B. Meaning 16 hectares of seeds multiplication fields in total for the 16 groups of farmers.
  • 32 improved stoves were produced as a specimen in the 6 villages, thus 2 per CLD / Club.
  • 16 operational commercialzation committees, thus one committee per club, have been set up to strengthen the capacity of farmers to sell their produce more efficiently.

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