March is always an exciting and busy time for the agriculture team as they prepare for the main rainy season. This year they have focused on the 10 agriculture groups who were initially trained in sustainable organic vegetable production last year. Our agriculture training strategy aims to consolidate training and supervision for new groups over a period of two years as they see that this gives the group members sufficient opportunity and experience to achieve a sustainable level of successful production.
Part of our training is in nutrition and proper preparation, cooking and eating of a balanced diet with fresh vegetables. Here is a photo during one of the recent training sessions conducted in Imvepi refugee settlement showing the preparation of a variety of green leafy vegetables.
Training, as many of our group members remind us, can never be successful if not accompanied by some help with acquiring all the necessary tools, equipment and seeds needed. In this second photo our two agriculture officers, Julious in pink shirt and Yunia and white shirt, are with the groups from Mijale following their training sessions, with all the items donated. This donating of inputs occurs only once as a starter pack in order to promote sustainability, thereafter groups buy their own with produce they have grown themselves and sold.
The important story behind these photos is that, with food distribution being stopped to all refugees, they are now even more reliant on their own ability to grow their own food. This training and these inputs help families not only with their own household vegetable gardens, but also with their food field crops of vital maize, beans and groundnuts, all of which will help prevent food insecurity.