Sustainable agricultural projects help increase food security and household incomes for peasant families. Many of these projects benefit women, who bear heavier burdens in agricultural economies. See slide shows of sustainable agriculture, grain mills and ox-plowing services.
Grain Storage and Community Credit Fund
Youth Association of Sel
AJS: 255 members - 135 men, 120 women
In order to revive local agriculture and generate local employment opportunities, AJS is partnering with the Lambi Fund to build a grain storage facility, enabling AJS to purchase, store and sell affordable grain to its 255 members. Further, the Lambi Fund is helping AJS to expand its community credit fund, which will allow AJS to offer an additional 50 loans to farmers purchasing seeds for crop planting. In addition, Lambi Fund is providing technical assistance to AJS by training members on organizational capacity building, project management and grain storage facility management along with the resources and training to build a nursery and plant 20,000 seedlings.
Coffee and Fruit Production and Reforestation
Mark Coordination of Peasants
KPM: 627 members - 226 women, 401 men
Lambi Fund is providing KPM with the resources to build five nurseries and hire ten nursery attendants. This partnership will produce 100,000 fruit, coffee and forest trees to be planted in the area - enabling KPM's members to increase coffee and fruit production, and to slow the rate of erosion. Additionally, Lambi Fund is training 65 members in seedling production, nursery construction, sustainable agriculture, agroforestry, reforestation and terracing.
The Partnership for Change in Ravin Olyann
ACHVRO: 89 members w/ women's group, youth group, adult group
The members of ACHRVO are building a sugarcane mill, which will allow the community to transform the drought-resistant sugar cane they currently grow into syrup and sell it. The Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase building materials, including a motor and six ovens for syrup production, as well as training in mill construction, small business management, commercialization and mill operation. Lambi Fund is also helping to build a tree nursery, including seeds and tools for 20,000 seedlings, as well as train members on nursery management. In order to address the need for sanitation, three latrines were built in the mill while education on use and care for the latrines were provided.
The Coffee Cooperative of Peasants from Gwomrn
KOKAPEG: 805 members - 51 groups
KOKAPEG's members are making their coffee production more efficient by modernizing their processing plant and growing their output in a two stage project using resources provided by Lambi Fund. In Phase 1, KOKAPEG is purchasing a coffee pulper to attach to their decorticating machine, which allows them to process the coffee beans more quickly. During Phase II, KOKAPEG will purchase 25,000 pounds of coffee beans from local farmers, process the beans and store them before shipping them to sell on the international market. In addition to these efforts, Lambi Fund is providing the resources to construct a tree nursery for 25,000 coffee seedlings and 6,000 shade trees, as well as training members in nursery preparation and management.
Peasant Movement for the Agricultural Development of Delann
MOPDAD: 98 members
MOPDAD's 98 members are partnering with the Lambi Fund to construct a grain mill that will enable the women of the community to mill their corn and millet close by, rather than traveling long distances on foot. As a tool that processes raw products, which is a value-added step in the supply chain, the mill will increase food security and personal incomes in the community. MOPDAD is supplying the land and labor to build the mill and a tree nursery. Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase the motorized mill, fund the construction of the mill building and tree nursery, purchase seeds and tools to plant 20,000 tree seedlings, and is training members on organizational management, mill operation and maintenance and reforestation.
St. Martin Youth Association for Community Development
AJSDC: 305 members
AJSDC is partnering with the Lambi Fund to build a grain mill, so that local corn, millet and rice farmers in this large community will have access to milling services which will increase food security and household incomes. AJSDC will provide the land and labor to build the mill, as well as the seeds, tools and materials needed to build a nursery and plant 20,000 seedlings. Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase the motorized mill, fund the construction of the mill building and tree nursery, and is training members on organizational management, mill operation and maintenance, and nursery building and reforestation.
Center for Plantain Propagation (CPP)
Lambi Fund and the CPP are continuing a partnership to strengthen and expand training to farmers cultivating plantains using the state-of-the-art PIF method. CPP is now an established source of healthy plantain trees in the region because members are trained in seedling production. Lambi Fund is providing the resources to purchase more seeds, tools and supplies and continues to provide training workshops.
Grain Storage and Community Credit Fund
The Association of Peasant Groups in Roji
AGPR-Roji: 304 members - 154 women, 150 men
AGPR-Roji's members are partnering with Lambi Fund to build a grain storage unit, enabling AGPR to store goods, such as seeds, peas, corn and peanuts, during the off-season. Using a grant from the Lambi Fund, AGPR has constructed a grain storage facility, purchased grains and created an agricultural credit fund for providing affordable loans to local farmers. The seeds, tools and supplies for a 20,000 seedling nursery have been provided as well. In addition, Lambi Fund is training members in project management, grain storage operations, and nursery management.
The Peasant Movement of Lafrezilyh
MPL: 45 members
Members of MPL have partnered with the Lambi Fund to create a community credit fund and to launch an ox-plow service. Funding for the purchase of four oxen, two plows and farming tools, such as hoes, carts, picks and pumps have been provided by Lambi Fund. The goal of this project is to increase land productivity and improve food security through the use of ox-plows and low-interest loans for local farmers. Lambi Fund is providing veterinary care for the oxen for one year, until the organization has adequate funds from ox-plow service profits to cover the cost on their own. Training in project management, ox plow operation and animal care, microcredit fund management, organizational capacity building, and tree nursery construction and management has taken place as well. The resources needed to plant 20,000 seedlings in the area are being provided as well.
Organization of Farmers from Besi and Klona
OPBK: 54 members
OPBK's 54 members and Lambi Fund have partnered to create an ox-plow service with six oxen, three plows and tools, such as hoes, carts, picks and pumps, as well as a community credit fund to provide low-interest rate loans for members. Lambi Fund is providing the capital to purchase the aforementioned animals and equipment in addition to hiring a veterinary agent. Seeds and equipment and the construction of a nursery to plant 20,000 seedlings, training in project management, hay production and storage and tree nursery construction and management has been provided to members.
Seed Bank and Community Credit Fund
Peasant's Association for the Development of Barye Batan
AGPDB: 75 members
Lambi Fund has partnered with AGPDB's members to construct a grain storage and seed bank facility, as well as a community credit fund to provide affordable loans to farmers planting beans, corn and millet. AGPDB has provided the land and labor to build the storage facility and a tree nursery. In return, Lambi Fund is providing the seed money for the credit fund, as well as the resources to build the storage facility, seed bank and tree nursery and purchase the seeds needed to plant 20,000 seedlings. Training in community credit fund management, grain and seed storage, organizational development and reforestation are being offered as well.
Tool Bank and Community Credit Fund
Association of Manioc Planters (APMA)
Lambi Fund is partnering with APMA to create a microcredit fund and a tool bank for 50 local farmers to increase manioc production. Lambi Fund is also providing manioc seeds and organic pesticides, the seeds and tools needed to produce 20,000 seedlings for a tree nursery and training in reforestation, management and sustainable agriculture techniques.