A warehouse for agricultural stocks to combat malnutrition


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Thanks to the contributions of a private donor, the women of Degana, in Chad have been able to defeat the malnutrition of their children. Thanks to a storage space for the whole community…

In the Hadjer Lamis region, one of three families is at risk of food insecurity, especially in relation to the worsening of the consequences of droughts, floods and crop failures. Because many men are forced to emigrate from this crisis, much of the agricultural work falls to the women – who continue to live in a context of strong gender inequality and in conditions of exploitation and discrimination.

Furthermore, their children are malnourished and undernourished: 13.9% of global acute malnutrition (GAM) among children between 6 to 59 months and 2.9% of severe acute malnutrition (SAM) is reported.

In order to defeat malnutrition and ensure alimentary security for themselves and their families, or simply to have healthy children and access to food every day, the women need to be able to farm the land and live off the products.

The storage is one of the greatest concerns in this area: If agricultural production can be increased thanks to external support, there continues to remain the problem of how to keep the seeds and produced crops intact.

The communal storage space built is not only meant to be a common area of stocking and storage managed by the village committee, but it is also meant to increase the local market by promoting an enhanced exchange and sale of products and seeds.

The space required for storage was decided upon in collaboration with the communities and the local authorities of Tourba, a village near to the shores of Lake Chad.

Since it is important to find a public and available piece of land for this kind of activity, there was a phase of consultation when choosing the construction site: the village chief, the head of the “canton” and of the ONDR (Office national pour le dèvèloppement rural) participated in this research, and thanks to their efforts it was possible to locate a storage area on public soil.

Already during the construction of the warehouse, COOPI began to occupy itself in training and sensitizing the management committee. This committee, composed of 10 people chosen among the local producers, has the task of managing and maintaining the warehouse active and in good condition. The community management is an essential part of this activity, as it allows you to be able to meet the costs for eventual repairs, the payment of guards, stocking seeds and also dealing with the entry and exit of products.

 

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