Alejandro’s report

Alejandro came back from Malawi and have written a report about the work he was doing in the Mzimba community. He was working with 30 preschools doing mainly ecological farming.  

The importance of agriculture is a main priority when we speak about developing countries, where more knowledge in sustainable techniques are needed, because:

Over 85% of the population lives in rural areas. These populations depend on agriculture to be able to fight hunger, which is one of the main problems.

Widespread non-organic fertilizers become a problem, ecologically and economically speaking.

Soil erosion decreases the productivity by 6% every year, putting less food on the table for many people.

Environmental factors are connected to poverty, which in the future will determine the quality of the soil, quantity of water in rainfalls, floods and the consequence of droughts.

The techniques are different when it comes to environmental factors, so it is imperative to get the information required first of all.

 

Compost manure

Compost is a decomposing process which ends up being organic fertilizer for the soil and will make positive effects in agriculture, climate change and poverty issues.

My project has reached more than 25 preschools in making compost manure and implementing a faster technique that only requires approximately 4 weeks. More about the process later.

It is made with natural resources, so some people were appreciative because normally the non-organic fertilizer is expensive and not affordable.

Inside our organization school of DAPP was an organic farmer with four years of experience in the Farmers Club of Malawi. He taught me which layers to add to make compost in Africa, after that I took that process and modified the system into a turning up the compost every week process.

 

Chicken Project

As Development Instructor working in the sector of preschools, I chose to make an Income Generation Sustainable Project, where the community should work in order to make the Development raise.

It is a long-term project that is implemented with the community. Building 1 chicken house in the community, keep working on it, gain benefit and then expand.

Builders from the communities of the preschools came to DAPP school. We LEARNED BY DOING together, building a demonstration chicken house SHOULDER TO SHOULDER.

 

How it should be run:

Production: we need to let the chickens procreate from the start point of 5 until we have 30-50 chickens. Meaning that when we reach the number then we can start selling the eggs.

Responsibility: the chickens should be provided with food, water and basic necessities daily. In case it gets sick contact the Project Leader to get medicine.

 

DAPP Mzimba is working with 32 different community preschools and I could just assist 11 so:

-The first step of the Plan is “Don´t leave anyone behind”. Those 11 preschools who have benefiting from the project, will have to help economically (with the money generated from the chicken houses) the 21 preschools left behind, to build a Chicken House with the same materials I provided them. I can deduce that the days to have enough money produced by the chicken houses can be generated in just 6 months.

When all the preschools have the chicken house we can proceed to the next step.

-Second step the income generated from the chicken houses of the preschools will be distributed in: 75% to make more chicken houses with the same materials for each and every household in the community and 25% for preschools necessities.

-Third step, when all the householders have Sustainable Income Generation, the chicken house income will be 100% for the preschool maintenance.

 

Alejandro Barrios Rodríguez

Mzimba, Malawi 2019 Development Instructor

Goals reached:

– Ecologic agriculture teaching.

–Compost

– Economic Sustainable project.

–Economic Development Plan.

Working with 30 preschools.

Teaching

Ecologic Farming

The benefits of the Chicken project are:

-Sustainable Income Generation

-Economic Community Development

-Food and Income Supply

-Starting Micro-Business Initiative

 

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