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Help Rural Communities in their access to food

by Asociacion Cultural para el Desarrollo Integral, A.C.D.I.
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Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food
Help Rural Communities in their access to food

 "Through community seedling bank experiences, producers go by planting challenges together and with the accompaniment of territorial promoters and KOKUE mobile application"

 In Monteagudo town, province of Tucumán, members from ACDI’s team of agroecological promoters accompany family-scale producers in vulnerable situations in the challenges faced in the growth of their agroecological green gardens in adverse conditions such as the soil aridity that characterizes the area.

 Having detected in the area many cases of producers who could not advance in the planting stage of the process due to difficulties found on seedlings production, community workshops were designed and executed among local producers to work together in a prototype. This initiative favored the exchange of good practices among participants; the incorporation of the digital tool KOKUE (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.project.kokue), the strengthening of community bonds and the theoretical and practical learning of this stage of agroecological horticultural production.

In the first meetings the activities were oriented to the conformation of wooden boxes with soil of a high organic content in its composition, mainly topsoil (vegetal cover resulting from the total or partial decomposition of organic matter. Once they were ready, planting was carried out on them, working simultaneously in basic concepts of agroecology such as: types of planting, germination, types of vegetables, depth of planting, frequency of irrigation, etc. To achieve the appropriation of these contents and good agroecological practices, the promoters helped the team to download the Kokue mobile application on their phones and trained them on it uses and features since it has several strategies and information necessary to generate resilient gardens and monitor crops autonomously.

The group decided to keep the seedling boxes rotating from house to house so that each family would take responsibility for them and could put care strategies into practice. Another established good practice in this process was the donation of seedlings to the community bank. Each family in charge of the boxes could bring seedlings and practice their transplant in the boxes.

Miss Pupé, participant of the community seedling bank, shares with us: "honestly, this space is very important to me, to be able to share our knowledge with neighbors and receive the guidance of the promoters is wonderful. Together we achieve better results in the planting stage despite the difficult weather conditions. Also, now with the Kokué app we can continue learning and taking care of our crops."

Thanks to the growth and improvement of the green gardens accompanied by the promoters of ACDI, new families are also interested in joining the initiative as they see the good results obtained by their neighbors. Dreams and effort worth it a lot, and are multipliers of good practices and an inspiration for others!

 We invite you to download our KOKUE App (Spanish) to join this agroecological wave with your garden. Collaborate economically to help continue developing KOKUE, so that it can reach more countries and more small producers in vulnerable areas can achieve their food sovereignty and care for the environment.

 

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The Arete Guazu community  is a Guarani community in Caimancito town, Jujuy Province, that we accompany with the presence and work of an agroecological promoter who constantly assists them on their way to improve food self-production in their community garden. 

Located in the transition between the Yungas and the Chaco, Caimancito belongs to the northern sector of Ledesma Department and has approximately 7,000 inhabitants. The economy is based on the forestry industry, representing the main timber extraction area of the province, with a significant concentration of microenterprises of sawmills and carpentry characterized by a low degree of formalization and reduced levels of capitalization involved in primary production, with little or no industrial processing and of reduced economic magnitude.

The Arete Guazu Community was founded in 2016, and is only composed of 18 families living in precarious and overcrowded conditions in the railroad tracks sideways, in the "neighborhood"of Caimancito. The land was ceded by the Sugar Company "Ledesma" where 6 families live. They do not have access to basic services. Despite these conditions the community organized itself in order to take advantage of the land, distributing it in family plots of 50 meters x 300 meters, growing vegetables for self-consumption and sale, and carrying water from the urban center.

One of the members of the community has an Android phone, with the Kokue mobile application downloaded, so they can monitor the crop with strategies and information provided by the app. Thanks to the accompaniment of the agroecological promoter and Kokue as complementary tool, the community increased the size of a small garden they had on the land, and they were able to harvest a large amount of vegetables, which were destined on the one hand to self-consumption, and on the other, to the sale of surpluses in the town.

With the presence of the promoter and Kokue, they acquired basic fundamental knowledge for the management and monitoring of the garden, and are excited about being able to continue improving the productivity of their crops. Working in the garden means having a community meeting space, especially where women and children can interact and improve their sense of belonging. The garden is a space that makes them feel safe, accompanied and where they can learn every day to improve their food security.

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In the framework of this project ACDI started working with smallholder farmers in Los Perez, a small rural village in the south west of Tucumán, Argentina. In March 2022, after three months of project launching in the area, over twenty families started and grew their own garden, and even a communitarian one was started and run by this project’s members!

 

These gardens in Los Perez add up to the over one hundred ones reached by this project in Tucumán. 

 

Four lines of intervention are being displayed simultaneously in order to achieve this: training in agroecology; introduction of the use of the KOKUE mobile application; seed distribution to start these gardens as well as a monitoring system held on by agroecological promoters on the ground. Also, our team is permanently seeking other families interested in joining this project.  

 

We believe that sustained territorial presence and digital support of the mobile app Kokue are the keys to reaching this goals:  

 

ACDI has a territorial team working on the area for the follow up and support of families in situations of economic and social vulnerability, since 2017.

This team has been trained by ACDI through the years. To name some, we can highlight topics such as the study of strategies to promote entrepreneurship, community development, family savings and house management, leadership and women's empowerment, among others. Today, community promoters continue to be trained, this time, in agroecology and in the use of the Kokue mobile application, for management and monitoring of gardens.

 

In their day to day role, promoters visit thegardens and carry out technical advice to the smallholder producers using together the digital support of the Kokue Mobile Application. Kokue app is a really valuable tool that families have at their disposal with  information that allows them to improve the productivity of their crops.

 

The most remarkable thing about Los Perez is that, thanks to the territorial influence of ACDI, a community initiative was quickly organized: the installation of a communitarian garden. We can affirm that communitarian initiatives such as this one, contribute to weaving networks in the area and strengthening neighborhood ties through self-organization; ; lead to collaborative learning and set a precedent for possible joint marketing and commercialization strategies. This last item is particularly important due to the isolated characteristic of Los Perez, not only geographically, but also marginalized from the centers of political decision-making.

 

Experience taught us that, it is by the sustained long-term commitment to the communities through investments, training and accompaniment projects with an integral perspective, the way in which transformative experiences and improvement in the territories are achieved. Support this project so that more families can find in the installation of agroecological gardens an alternative of food sovereignty and strengthening of the family and local economy!

 

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Soledad is a family-scale agroecological garden producer from Santa Ana, a rural community located in the south west of Tucumán province. She is 36 years old and lives with her parents, brother and her 12-year-old daughter.

The knowledge of horticultural production is a familiar knowledge, transmitted from generation to generation, from her bolivian parents who settled in Santa Ana many years ago. Her family has an informal stall in a central street in town, where they offer their products. They also participate in the local Fair on Sundays, which also allows them to sell their vegetables and obtain an economic income to support the family.

Soledad is an example of hard work and perseverance. Despite the difficulties, in addition to supporting the family garden, the young woman is working in a small local factory. She also does small private sewing jobs for neighbors in the area. Currently the family prepares ground chili as an artisanal condiment.

Soledad met Acdi through Erika, a Tucumán territorial promoter. Since August, she has installed the Kokue mobile application on her phone, and receives support to learn more about the use of it, as well as about agroecological practices. They had special success in the family garden thanks to the use of biopreparations for pest control, available in the app, being able to put aside the use of pesticides.

With the accompaniment of ACDI, Soledad and her family now have an increased and diversified production. The Kokue app offers them the necessary tools to know how to associate crops, and how to use the soil in the most efficient way possible. In addition, Soledad expresses her interest in continuing to learn, since she would like to acquire knowledge about the ways to add value to the production of the garden. ACDI is part of her history, with the accompaniment of Soledad and her family, promoting the agroecological garden and the development of their family economy projects.

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ACDI developed the Kokue mobile application with the aim of generating a support tool for producers of agroecological, family scale orchards. Kokue provides important information on how to manage their gardens, when to sow, when to harvest, how to associate the various crops, among others. In addition, with the accompaniment of ACDI, more than 1000 families participate in technical field training on agroforestry, water conservation and harvesting to strengthen their resilience and better adapt to the impacts of climate change.

This October a new segment of the mobile app Kokue was launched: “BioPreparations”. It was presented to the community of Santa Ana, Tucumán, Argentina, in a social meeting where small producers were able to learn about the benefits of using Kokue. The farmers were able to carry out practical exercises on how to make the structure of the garden, how to protect the crops from climatic events, and how to combat unwanted insects with the preparations offered by the app.

Thanks to the biopreparations section, producers can learn how to make homemade preparations, with easily accessible inputs, to combat unwanted insects, such as slugs, bedbugs, scale insects, fungi, etc. One of the most sought-after questions by producers is how they can fight ants. The recipe included in the Kokue App has had great results for producers who have been able to prepare and apply it in their gardens. Another of the preparations that had a good impact was the one offered to combat aphids, as explained by Micaela. She is an agronomy student, and she was able to tell us how this preparation helped her fight the plague of ants in her garden.

In the same way, the new section also offers recipes to strengthen crops and fertilize the land: green manure, compost, manure, nettle slurry, among others. In this way, producers can learn how to make these preparations to keep a living soil with biological processes of organic materials.

Kokue continues to be part of the productive life of family-scale orchard growers, helping them improve their productivity, their food sovereignty, and on occasions Kokue collaborates so, by increasing their productivity, they can have surpluses for sale.

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