Thanks to the Lions of Monteceneri contribution of 12.000,00 chf it has been possible to build 3 wells to help to improve food security and the living conditions of rural populations based in Grande Sido department, Maro, Moyo and Danamadji cantons, Chad.
With this project it was meant to ensure the sustainable management of shared natural resources to prevent conflicts between farmers and herders. Beneficiaries are populations of the three municipalities concerned, producers and farmers, for a total of 132,963 inhabitants.
Works foreseen in the project include both traditional wells , both corridors of access to water, or passage between the cultivated fields , to minimize accidents which cause the destruction and the loss of the crop , because of the passage of livestock on cultivated farmland .
Natural resource management is improved through the development of management plans, agreed by farmers and herders, and their implementation. Thanks to that cases of conflicts are reduced and the mechanisms available for the resolution are improved.
You can contribute to the construction of other 3 wells foreseen by the project by making a donation at COOPI Suisse cause “Construction of wells for livestock in Chad”.
In Chad, in the Degana Department (Hadjer Lamis region), COOPI is one of the very few active international organizations which faces the topic of food security and malnutrition. Data underline strong food insecurity, with ratings up to 13,9% of global acute malnutrition (GAM) in children from 6 to 59 months, and 2,9% of sever acute malnutrition (SAM). One family out of three is at risk of food security, particularly with the worsening of droughts, floods and bad harvest. Moreover, since the greatest proportion of men emigrated for the economic crisis, women need to work in agriculture under discrimination and exploitation.
The intervention is addressed to women and children in high vulnerability status in Dagana Department, Chad. The aim is to provide women involved with a supplementary income, in order to guarantee them access to food even in difficult moments. In this way, their children will be less at risk of malnutrition.
The main activities to reach this goal:
- Building of warehouse and selling infrastructure for food products (in every administrative area)
- Production improvement by availability of seeds and tools in the intervention area
Agricultural activities are traditionally practiced in Dagana, particularly in proximity of low lake bottoms. The scarcity of production in the area is explained by the lack of resources and tools of peasantry, like seeds and water resources. Water availability is aleatory, with sudden floods and premature depletion of water resources.
Only out of season cultivations allow some families to gain enough economical and food resources in certain periods of the year. Women are the first responsible for these agricultural activities. In order to strengthen production, COOPI has provided 10 cultivation gardens with a drill system with immersion pump and has installed a California irrigation network.
In the areas where the project is implemented, there is no common warehousing system for food conservation. As a consequence, people need to conserve food at their own place. At the end of harvest process, most vulnerable people are forced by familiar alimentary needs and are not able to manage their food stock. This inability is one of the major causes of food loss, particularly in more difficult moments. In order to solve this food vulnerability issue, the project will build three common warehouses for food stock. The places in which the warehouses will be build, will be decided in agreement with the representatives of the community and the local authority. Each warehouse will have a nominated management committee. The members will be educated to ensure a proper management of food stock. The staff of the project will define with local authorities and with the direct beneficiaries a participation fee, in order to make the management sustainable.
The aim of COOPI is to provide every administrative area with a warehouse and all the needed tools and resources for production (hoes, rakes, spades, watering cans), with an education program for the technical management.