Successful Small Grants Projects 2020
The Global Landcare Program Small Grants are funded through the generous donations from our supporters.
Ten community Landcare projects were funded. Seven projects in Africa and three in Asia Pacific.
Ikamiro Landcare Soil Protection, Uganda
Ikamiro is a landslide-prone area in S-W Uganda and has experienced 2 consecutive disastrous landslides in the last 5 years resulting in loss of lives and property. The community members have been involved in rehabilitating the affected landscape through constructing soil and water conservation structures ; and planting of agroforestry trees, shrubs and grasses. The challenge has been inadequate resources to acquire sufficient tools such as spades, pick-axes and hoes to effect the work. The community also lacks funds to purchase tree seed for their nursery and vegetable seeds for food security and nutrition. It is against this background that they are soliciting for funds to fill the gaps.
Transforming school environments, Kabale Uganda
In this project Kabale Agroforestry Network (KAN) intends to support 2 primary schools to start junior landcare activities. The aim is to provide environmental education and to improve food security and nutrition in the 2 schools by growing their own food. The school garden which will be fenced will help the schools to grow their own food but also to impart practical agricultural skills to the pupils. The beneficiary schools will meet the cost of local materials.
PEPY Empowering Youth Modern School Farming, Cambodia
The majority of people in Srei Snam District grow their vegetable by using their own traditional way as they do not have access to agricultural training. This project will implement in 28 Makara High School which is located in the central of this district where students come to continue their high school education. The main aim of this project is educate high school students to learn how to grow vegetable in a modern ways so that they can spread the messages to their families.
GIERI Sustainable Community Forestry, DRCongo
This project is part of an environmental policy adapted to improve the ecosystem of the Plaine de la Ruzizi that had been degraded by the Rwandan refugees 1994-1996. In addition, this project based on the active involvement of relevant communities in agroforestry and Food security by introducing new seed for sustainable agriculture. This project needed to resolve the problem of Infertility of the soil with planting trees ; awareness communities in Agroforestry and promoting the Reforestation with Communities in Plaine de la Ruzizi
Kyanda Landcare Outside Catering Equipment, Kenya
Kyanda Landcare group has 30 members and was established in 2003. It has been meeting and conducting landcare activities since that time but has struggled to find a way to raise funds for some of their planned activities. The group is very cohesive and funding for catering equipment will unlock the fund-raising challenge they have faced.
Rise and Shine Community Garden, Kenya
The main aim of the group is to establish a fruits, and forest trees community nursery. They have already established the nursery and they will use the trees to sell to the other farmers and plant in their own farms and in the nearby gulleys and river banks because this is one of the main objective of landcare fraternity.
Landcare Nigeria Conservation Education
Obot Itu community history is linked with (and the community was noted with the present of) three important natural resources which are now becoming locally threatened: African bush mangoes, Irvingia gabonensis; African manatees and primates/monkeys. This project will strengthen the community history by working with the locals to bring back bush mangoes into the community, with about 500 bush mangos planted. It will educate the locals on conservation needs of forest, manatee and monkey.
Extension of Landcare Pakistan Farmer Plants Nursery
Landcare Farmer Leaders of three villages planted vegetable and fruit plants nursery in Khushpur village. The scientific seeds for vegetables and fruit trees were purchased from vegetable research institute Faisalabad and Punjab forestry research institute Faisalabad Pakistan. We grew chilies, onions, brinjals, tomatoes, guava, jaman and lemon plants in September and December 2020. In spring, February-March, 2021, the farmers transplanted all the above mentioned vegetable seedlings and fruit plants at their farms and kitchen gardens as well as on roof-top gardens. They practiced all production technologies and raised them properly. I also facilitated them during growing period at their farms and homes individually. They enjoyed vegetables as good quality kitchen food for their families. Some of the farmers sold some vegetables to nearest market and generated family income and used for their childrens education. The fruit plants are of 1 and half year age and some lemon plants are at flowering stage. We also provided vegetable seed kits to the landcare farmers for winter 2020 and summer 2021 and they grew vegetables for their kitchen use.
Landcare in School project, Philippines
The project Organized Youth, Students and women. We made a Vegetable Demonstration area and at the same time a community Vegetable garden during Covid19 health crisis. We Taught young students how to plant and produce vegetables for their tables. We also involved the women parents to be part of the activity and we partnered the Barangay Local government Unit on their Health and Nutrition Program under Gender and Development Program. The Municipal Agriculture Office also Nominated the said initiative and become a contender on a Provincial Contest for Youth on Agriculture category, we won as 3rd place over 11 contenders.
Farmer Landcare Training, Solwezi Zambia
Four hundred and thirty-six farmers were trained and educated on land care and environment. This number composed of 70% women and youths. This was done in conjunction with the Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock. The subjects covered were; 1. Land care and management (Solwezi District Farmers Association)
2. Livestock production system (Ministry of Fisheries and Livestock)
3. Gender (Ministry of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs)
4. Leadership and group dynamics (Ministry of Community Development and Social Warfare)
5. Farm record keeping (Ministry of Agriculture)
6. Human Nutrition (Ministry of Agriculture)
From the trainings, farmers have since built better housing structures for their livestock and have learnt to grow pastures for the animals which is a plus to reducing overgrazing and soil erosion in land care management.