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Mar 26, 2015

India Project - March 2015 Update

Reporting on two objectives of the project:

Objective 1: By the end of the project 100 percent of project families will have incomes above $1.25 per day.

When the project began in 2013, its baseline survey revealed that 8 percent of project families were earning per capita income above $1.25 per day. Heifer India is currently using our Global Impact Monitoring System to capture new data and report on the families’ progress during the next period.

Farmers who have adopted System of Rice Intensification/System of Wheat Intensification (SRI/SWI) technologies reported an increase of about $82 per month from the sale of crops. Additionally, 53 farmers increased their income through Khesari production, earning a total of about $30,860 from the cultivation of almost 350,000 pounds of the legume. Similarly, 96 families with kitchen gardens cumulatively earning about $2,460 from cultivating a total of about 221,272 pounds of vegetables. Kitchen gardens also have the potential to save families about $33 per month on the cost of vegetables. Training on gardens this period increased the monthly income of 300 original families by about $50.

Dairy cooperative members are also benefiting from selling milk to collection centers. The Rampur Milk Cooperative consists of 60 families that produced about 6,823 gallons of milk this period, earning cooperative members a total of about $11,320. The Belha Milk Cooperative consists of 30 families that produced about 2,861 gallons of milk this period, earning cooperative members a total of about $4,748.

Moreover, families are also investing in livestock such as water bualo and goats. This period, a total of 55 goats were sold by 44 families for a total of about $1,534.

Objective 2: By the end of the project, communities will have increased solidarity and harmony, and communities are empowered to access other development programs.

In addition to the progress Heifer India has made toward women’s empowerment, our trainings on the 12 Cornerstones and in gender justice are also contributing to fulfilling this objective. A total of 250 original families participated in trainings on the 12 Cornerstones during this reporting period. As a result, families are reporting a significant improvement in both personal and social behavior.

Furthermore, women reported the trainings are enabling them to manage savings and contribute to their selfhelp groups. Trainings are also helping participants manage milk production and establish market linkages for improved income.

Mar 24, 2015

EADD II Project Update - March 2015

Some objectives met in the reporting period:

16 extension personnel trained and qualified to carry out cow registration

32 Community Facilitators trained in personal leadership, (Heifer's 12) cornerstones and Training of Trainers (Producer Organization and Dairy Management Group representatives)

Country team (5) and production technical team (9) (Tanzania) participated in production progress review meeting to share experiences and to set implementation targets for 2015

3 of 3 Producer Organizations (Kenya) participated in strategic business plan development facilitation

All 21 EADD II technical staff (Tanzania) trained on Producer Organization Sustainability Assessment tool (POSA)

4 business plans (Tanzania) for Mbeya were reviewed yet to be approved and 3 for Njombe reviewed and approved for implementation by Volcon and EADD II Senior Business Manager

2 potential milk markets in Mbeya cluster (Tunduma and Kyela) successfully identified

Dec 23, 2014

EADD II Project Update - Dec 2014

Management:

The project has recruited all required technical and administrative personnel, a process which took between March and June of 2014. Currently, recruitment of additional technical staff including Gender Advisor, Production advisor and Resource Mobilization Manager, is underway to enhance facilitation role of the project in key strategic areas such as gender mainstreaming, production, and resource mobilization.

Program:

The process of site selection and their feasibility has been completed, with all new sites in Tanzania selected and some new sites in Uganda selected. The project has identified and validated key actors in all major intervention areas, and conducted a preliminary exercise which led to a feasibility study resulting in identification of a total of 10 and 12 viable sites for hub establishment, for Tanzania and Uganda, respectively.

Various stakeholder meetings have been conducted, with the purpose of targeting county governments to establish working linkages. These meetings were integral and provided a platform for information dissemination and more fundamentally influence the development of dairy strategies that will be key to farmer and hub sustainability. EADD II is encouraged by active and increasing support and commitment of local government agencies in many project intervention regions who allocated their resources in supporting EADD initiatives. As an example, local government agencies aligned their technical staff such as livestock officers/extension officers with EADD team, and in the case of Tanzania, private companies such as ASAS Dairies and NJOLIFA, a farmer association supported pre-feasibility study by providing their own staff to support the process. In Kenya, the Kenya Dairy Farmers Federation (KDFF), which is an apex body of POs, vaccinated 1,078 dairy animals between January and Sept 2014 in collaboration with the producer organizations, and also developed Real time software for East Coast Fever (ECF) vaccination programs.

The project concluded a staff gender assessment which was geared to know the staff capacity on gender issues and how to integrate them in project activities; this was further followed by an introductory gender training to all EADD II staff in Tanzania and Uganda. Drafting key project documents including Gender, Production and MLE strategies has been completed in 2014.

 

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