BD Program

Broederlijk Delen (BD) in partnership with Agency for Sustainable Rural Transformation (AFSRT) is implementing a sustainable livelihood program to promote Sustainable Family Farming Development which aims at making smallholder farmer live a dignified life with improved food security and incomes through a more resilient agro-ecological family farming and commercialization program; the overall goal of the project is socially, economically empowered communities living in a sustainable environment.

The project has two main objectives and each objective has specific objectives, activities and achievements and the main objectives are;

1. Increase conservation and ecosystem and resilient of communities to climate shock.

2. Improved agribusiness ventures of livelihoods, farmer groups and cooperatives

Objective 1; Increase conservation and ecosystem and resilient of communities to climate shock

Objective one has specific objective, a number of activities and achievements as follows

a).  Increased capacity of villages and livelihoods to reduce and manage natural and manmade disasters; in this a number of trainings on disaster risk reduction and management were done and disaster committees were formed right from villages to sub-counties in the areas of implementation.

b). Increase ability of households and villages to mitigate climate shocks through biodiversity conservation; Trainings were done on climate change adaptation, to help the households to develop mitigation and adaptation strategies for natural disaster.

The topics covered included; early warning signs, crop diversification, growing of pest and disease tolerant crop varieties, weather updates, disease and drought tolerant crop varieties and agro-forestry among others. Three contingency action plans were developed in the three project sub-counties.

c) Increased sustainable production and capacity of households and groups to conserve the environment. Agro-ecological trainings and practices were conducted, 18,000 seedlings were distributed to beneficiaries, farmers and farmers ‘groups were given seeds especially maize, demonstration site were set for farmers learning purposes to increase food security and nutrition in the communities.

d) Improved capacity of households and communities in sustainable waste management. Waste management advocacy was done, waste management trainings was conducted, incinerators were constructed at health centers and rolling dust bins were given to public institutions

Objective 2; improved agribusiness ventures of livelihoods, farmer groups and cooperatives

Objective 2 also has specific objectives, activities and achievements which are not limited to the followings

a) Increased capacity of primary and secondary cooperatives in sustainable business development; here the cooperatives were trained on the importance of cooperative, cooperative values, goals Cooperative ownership, Cooperative business and the importance of cooperative running business, type of businesses that the coop can run at different stages of their growth and development, Cooperative leadership with roles and responsibilities, Cooperative governance and management.

 b) Reduced post-harvest losses of livelihoods through improved storage. The farmers and farmers group were trained on post harvest handling to a void wastage of grains and to improve on the quality of their grains, they were trained on post harvest technologies i.e. use tapeline, PICs bags and silos.
c) Improved financial management skills and linked to financial institutions of sustainable credit and savings groups. AFSRT trained farmer groups on savings with a purpose, group dynamic and financial management within the family, group and at cooperative levels and as a result of the trainings the farmers formed savings groups within the communities in which they saving year round and share their savings at the end of the year, in the savings group there is loan borrowings by the members with an interest of 5% per month hence interest form loan is a benefit to members.
However the money saved in the groups are not enough for every member to borrow especially for production as a result AFSRT likes them to financial institutions.

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