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 February 2022 : support to two women's cooperatives in Djougou, Benin

Roadmaps for two vegetable gardens managed by two vegetable cooperatives 

In February 2022, Louis AVe expert went to two villages near Djougou in Benin, a mission programmed in the framework of an agreement signed with a Belgian association, the ASBL Le Verso du Miroir. This association has set up two vegetable gardens of 2 ha in two villages 5 km apart. On each of them, a women's cooperative practices irrigated agroecological market gardening.

For each garden, the expert wrote a roadmap based on the diagnosis of each site. Their situation is very different, as one (Passari) has been in place since 2016 while the other (Nimane) has just started.

 
Nassirou 2   Chateau deau   CC489FC5
Nassirou, the person in charge, presents the 2021 financial statement at the AGM of the Passari cooperative   healthy vegetables in Passari's garden   a borehole + photovoltaic panels + a water tower + a pipe network = the basis of a water installation to irrigate a vegetable garden

Read more:  February 2022 : support to two women's cooperatives in Djougou, Benin

October 2021 : agricultural mission near Bandundu in DRC

What agricultural project for the Ito agro-pastoral center (2,000 ha), located near Bandundu?

  Daniel et Stany   Tracteur remettre en tat   Tracteur__remettre_en_tat.jpg  
  Daniel, AVe expert and Stany, in charge of the agropastoral center waiting for the ferry on the Kwilu river at the exit of Bandundu   the staff of the agro-pastoral center in front of a water point for market gardening  
farm equipment and buildings exist, but they are in
in very poor condition
 

Read more: October 2021 : agricultural mission near Bandundu in DRC

October 2021: agricultural mission on the territory of Feshi in DRC

Relaunching the cattle industry recently affected by two bovine epidemics.

At the request of an NGO in the Feshi territory, AVe expert Daniel met with several groups of cattle breeders during the second week of his trip to the DRC. These breeders have just experienced a very difficult time in 2019, as they have all been affected by a loss of 98% of their livestock. This is a real disaster that has not been taken into account until now. The causes would be two very contagious diseases: symptomatic anthrax and pasteurellosis. The exchanges with the breeders' groups have revealed a good awareness at their level regarding the measures to be taken in the face of such diseases and the guarantees to be provided before repopulating. With the help of the FAO, vaccination programs have been set up on a large scale in the country at the initiative of the Ministry of Livestock, involving local veterinarians. Daniel's recommendation focused more on improving consultation between livestock farmers' groups (which have 1,200 members) in order to exert sufficient pressure on the country's authorities and on the FAO representation to support them in the phase following such a disaster. The means to be gathered to replace the lost animals are about 17 million dollars!

Daniel et Stany   Tracteur remettre en tat   Tracteur__remettre_en_tat.jpg  
 Daniel met with several groups of
of cattle breeders
 

recovery of the cattle industry recently affected by two bovine epidemics 

   the groups we met represent 1 200 breeders  

 

October 2021 : agricultural mission in Kekem - West Region - Cameroon

What agricultural project for a 170 ha coffee plantation not exploited for 20 years?

At the request of a Cameroonian family, heir to a 170 ha coffee plantation that has not been exploited for 20 years, Louis, AVe expert, accompanied by Fabrice, the family's representative, surveyed the plantation for several days to define a new agricultural project based on the existing one.

The field mission on the plantation was completed by meetings with local authorities: the mayor of Kekem, the prefect of Nkongsamba, the prefect of Bafang and with economic actors likely to be the future clients of the plantation: in Bafoussam, the director of SPC (Société des provenderies du Cameroun) and the director of ASL (Agro Sourcing Logistic) The mission ended in Yaoundé with a meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Public Works for work in progress on a bridge located on the property and the Ministry of Agriculture to learn about the steps to be taken to obtain financing for the new agricultural project.

This intense mission, thanks to the field diagnosis and to the numerous exchanges with Fabrice and the different interlocutors met, allowed us to choose the orientations of the new project for the plantation : Coffee will be replaced by cocoa and banana-plantain mainly and by some vegetables. A method of cultivation based on agroforestry and agroecology was proposed.

At the end of the mission, the expert writes a file presenting the diagnosis of the plantation, the new project and its business plan.

 

  Kekem   Kekem 2   Btiment Kekem  
 
Louis Jestin, AVe expert with
Fabrice Tchouaffé, the family representative
 

during the mission: many exchanges, here with the people working on the plantation

  the plantation has a surface of 170 ha and many buildings and drying areas (around 5 000 m²) used for drying and first transformation of coffee;
they will be used tomorrow for cocoa
 

September 2021 : project management assistance mission in Djilas - Senegal

1st AVe mission "project management assistance" for the construction of a dispensary and a maternity hospital in Djilas, a village located 150 km south of Dakar

Following the request of a religious congregation, Eric, an AVe expert specialized in building design, carried out a project management assistance mission for the renovation and construction of a dispensary and a maternity ward in their health center in Djilas. The size and condition of the current buildings no longer correspond to the rapidly increasing demand or to the standards of hygiene and cleanliness. The congregation of the sisters has been established since 1974 in the village of Djilas located about two and a half hours from Dakar.  

ERIC   Djilas   Environ dispensaire
Eric Dufour, AVe expert specialized in building design    the entrance of the current health center of Djilas   a little shade near the entrance of the health center of Djilas 

Read more: September 2021 : project management assistance mission in Djilas - Senegal

January 2020 : audit of an agricultural high school in Benin

Audit mission in Savalou in Benin for AMJE

Upon request of the AMJE (Association Michel Jestin pour l'Enfance), a Breton association, Louis Jestin (AVe) carried out, in January 2020, an audit mission in an agricultural high school in Benin, located in Savalou ( 250 km north of Cotonou).

  Le staff du lyce de Savalou        Module de 4 classes financ par AMJE  
 
The team managing the school : competence and dynamism
 
The 4 classrooms module which was funded by AMJE in 2017
 

Read more: January 2020 : audit of an agricultural high school in Benin

January 2020: mission in Djougou in Benin

Assessment of a vegetable garden managed by a vegetable cooperative in Benin

Upon request of a Belgian association "ASBL le Verso du Miroir", Louis Jestin (AVe) carried out a mission to assess the development of a vegetable garden located in Passari, near Djougou. The association set it up in 2015/2016 and entrusted the management to a women's cooperative. Louis Jestin has been working for the fourth time on this vegetable garden since 2017 (an intervention at the beginning of each year).

Nassirou 2   Chateau deau   CC489FC5
 Learning to use new tools,
here manual airplanter
   The water supply installation allows year-round production    Watering is done by sprinkling

Read more: January 2020: mission in Djougou in Benin

 

 

 

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