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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.

Dec 23, 2014

India Project Update - Dec 2014

In this reporting period, we focused on building families’ capacities and improving the conditions at the family, social and political levels. Project families reported a decrease in domestic violence as more participants—and other families in surrounding villages—began adopting the values they learned through our trainings on gender justice and the 12 Cornerstones. A total of 550 people (200 women and 250 men) participated in gender training, and 250 families received training on selfhelp group management.

Self-help groups provide an outlet for women to manage savings and loans, and gain the skills needed to serve as leaders in their communities. Women participants reported an increase in their contributions to family decision-making, and also to community development planning, management and monitoring. Furthermore, project participants reported that both boys and girls are receiving the same opportunities for growth in the home and at school.

We held a two-day Animal Health Camp for 550 participants who learned to deworm and vaccinate livestock. Moreover, three selfhelp groups established a Farmer Field School (FFS) where families can share their experiences in agriculture. Similarly, the target community of Maini village began farming collectively. Activities like these allow participants to Pass on the Gift of knowledge and build social capital.

Trainings were also provided for 300 POG families on establishing and managing kitchen gardens, and learning the System of Rice Intensification (SRI) and the System of Wheat Intensification (SWI) technologies. SRI/SWI methods improve rice and wheat production by increasing the use of compost and widely spacing plants to allow for improved root and shoot growth. This is an advantage for farmers during the monsoon season when excessive rains could damage crops.

Furthermore, two milk collection centers were established in the 1st Rampur and 2nd Belha villages. Together the two villages collected about 7,110 gallons of milk, earning producer cooperatives about $16,166 during this reporting period.

Nov 10, 2014

Nepal Project - Final Report - November 10, 2014

All subprojects in this Nepal umbrella project are now in reporting period...last subproject began on July 1, 2010 and its end date is Dec 31, 2014.  All project activities are complete.  Objectives have been met...below are latest progress reports.

Objective #1: 100% of the project families will have significantly increased their income levels by the end of the project period.

Progress: Some of the project families have started poultry farming, grocery shop and other micro enterprise using their Self-Help Group (SHG) fund for more incomes. SHGs are focusing on child education and health care facilities due to increased income. Increased income from multiple sources has been effective in improving the overall status of the project families; some have them have added assets. SHGs are continuously doing different activities to increase their group fund which is further used by themselves on loan basis to make the extra income. Implementation of IAM learning to the animal has supported to improve the animal quality as well as production. Livestock raising and vegetable farming has been major sources of income and adopted by the entire project families.

Objective #2: 100% of the participating families will have improved their nutrition, hygiene and sanitation by the end of the project period.

Progress: Due to the effective service provided by Community Animal Health Workers (CAHW), animal mortality has been decreased with improved quality and production. Fresh vegetable, milk and milk products and eggs are being a regular part of the project family's meal Common diseases have been minimized significantly due to the focus on sanitation and personal hygiene. SHGs have started taking health care facility from nearby sub health posts. Personal hygiene and balanced diet has been highly focused by the entire families. Animals are treated in an improved way; regular shed cleaning and feeding of improved fodder/forage has improved animal quality.

Objective #3: The physical environment in the community will be improved through environmental protection and preservation and adoption of environmentally friendly practices by the participating families by the end of the project period.

Progress: More numbers of project families have started using environment friendly technologies like ICS, toilets and bio gas. They are actively involving in preservation of community forest. SHGs are aware with the environmental issues and are doing various activities to maintain their environment. Regular cleaning and garbage collection activities have improved the sanitation system of the areas. Project families are giving continuity on plantation of fodder/forage on public land, unused lands and other barren lands. Some of the project families have started adopting organic farming and vermin-compost.

Objective #4: 100% of the women groups and youth groups are empowered and contribute towards family and social harmony by the end of the project period.

Progress: Participation of the women in public forums has increased and they are raising their voices actively which is heard properly by the concerned people. Various social malpractices like early marriage, polygamy, domestic violence, gender and caste related discrimination is significantly decreasing. SHGs are continuously coordinating with line agencies and receiving various supports to conduct the community building activities. Due to the increased awareness, there has been developed common understanding among the entire family members, hence there is found proper work sharing between them. SHGs are conducting campaigns to enroll their children in school, further they are closely supervising and monitoring the local schools to ensure the better educational environment. Conventional social practices such as child marriage and dowry practice are gradually declining with increased awareness on these issues.

 
   

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