Heifer International

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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.

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.

 
   

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