Herby April 2009

Name: Christoph Herby
Post: Goumori
Contact: 93-09-81-51
Pickup Location: Parakou
Brief Project Description: I am requesting GSP Funding for the initial startup costs of a moringa plantation in Goumori. Bake Seko Bagudu is a prominent woman in the Goumori community and an organizing member of a women’s group (“groupement des femmes”) with 20 members. Bagudu owns a parcel of land near the village center where she currently farms corn, rice, and a small vegetable garden. She is eager to implement moringa on her land in the form of alley cropping (rows of moringa in between other crops) and a small area of intensive cultivation (tightly-spaced plants that are frequently harvested). This funding request intends to provide startup supplies for the plantation, including materials for a nursery, fencing, and drying equipment.

Specifically, the funding will enable the planting of 60 full growth moringa trees in alley cropping format, and 5 beds measuring 7m by 1.5m for weekly harvesting during the rainy season.

This project fits into the goals of the Gender and Development Fund in multiple ways. First, the funding will empower a female landowner to broaden the use of her land in a way that provides benefits to the whole community while generating more income than traditional rice and corn crops. Also, the 20 members of Bagudu’s women’s group will participate in the processing of dried moringa and promotion efforts within the community. Finally, the distribution and promotion of moringa most strongly affects malnourished infants and nursing mothers. The outreach portion of this project will educate women within the community about moringa’s benefits and preparation techniques. In the first year, Moringa will be distributed through three local pharmacies and three nearby health centers in Goumori, Gbassa, and Kokiborou.

To be clear, this funding request aims to cover the first year’s startup costs and processing. While a large full-scale plantation will require additional funding, this project aims to demonstrate the feasibility of such a plantation in the Goumori community. If the first year’s planting succeeds, Bagudu is eager to dedicate a larger portion of her land to moringa cultivation. In such a case, I intend to solicit additional funding from the UNDP Telefoods Fund for construction of a larger enclosure, drying facility, and packaging equipment.

Number of People Involved:
Plantation Setup and Care: 8 Community Volunteers
Moringa Processing: 4 Community Volunteers
Medical Authorities: 6 pharmacists and health center directors who have agreed to distribute moringa
Moringa Promotion: 20 members of women’s group
Beneficiaries: 400-500 (community members educated about moringa and offered samples

Budget:

Item Number Unit Cost Total Cost
empty oil jugs (to be made into seedling trays) 3 900 2,700
watering can 1 3,500 3,500
digging bar 1 6,000 6,000
hoe 1 1,500 1,500
seeds* 2,000 1000 for 2,000CFA 4,000
drying table 1 15,000 15,000
plastic bags (for packaging) 1,000 250 for 1000CFA 4,000
screening (for nursery) 10 meters 1,000 10,000
string (for fence) 40 meters 20m for 400CFA 800
millet branches (for fence) 5 bundles 300 1,500
Total Cost 49,000 CFA

Amount Requested: 49,000 CFA

Note: Free seeds from Nati workstation will be used, but additional seeds will be purchased to ensure genetic diversity and a healthier crop.

Closing Report

The Goumori Moringa plantation is off to a successful start with GAD Small Projects Funding. As of July 2009 there are 200 young trees growing on one quarter hectacre of Bake Seko Bagudu’s plantation.

The weather proved to be a particular challenge for this project, as the rains did not arrive in May when we planted 100 moringa seedlings in Bagudu’s field. Finally, the rains arrived torrentially in mid-June. Water swept through the village and flooded the moringa plantation. The majority of trees were washed away, replaced with sand and trash from the village streets. Despite this setback, Bagudu and her family remained determined to rework the soil and start anew.

In the second planting we doubled the number of trees, and the 200 young trees now appear to be growing well in the rainy season. As such, the processing portion of this project has been delayed by two months, but the equipment (drying tables and plastic bags) has been procured, and everything is in order to proceed once we grow and adequate supply of leaves.

We have arranged for distribution through local pharmacies and the local health clinic once we produce our first batch of moringa powder. Also a local women’s group has been recruited and education about moringa to help with promotion once there is adequate powder.

Number of People Involved:
Participants as of July 2009:
Plantation set-up and care: 8 (2 women, 2 men, 4 girls)
Medical authorities: 5 (2 men, 3 women)
Moringa promotion: 21 (20 women, 1 man)
People who will participate in the future (approximately September 2009):
Moringa processing: 9 (3 women, 2 men, 3 girls, 1 boy)
Beneficiaries (community members educated about moringa and offered samples): 400-500 (200 women, 100 girls, 100 boys, 100 infants)

Budget:

Item Seller Number Unit Price Total Price
25 liter jugs Goumori Market 3 900 2700
Watering can Quincaillerie de Goumori 1 3500 3500
Digging bar Quincaillerie de Goumori 1 6000 6000
Hoe Quincaillerie de Goumori 1 1500 1500
Screening Quincaillerie de Goumori 10 1000 10000
String Quincaillerie de Goumori 2 400 800
Saw Quincaillerie de Goumori 1 5000 5000
Millet branches (5 bunches) Neighbor Kid (Massudu) 5 300 1500
Drying table Gomori Carpenter (Hassan) 1 15000 15000
Plastic bags Goumori Market 1 1000 1000
Seeds Shape Lives Farm 200 5 1000
Total 48,000 CFA

Remaining 1,000 CFA deposited in Parakou Workstation cashbox.

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