State Chancellery of the Canton of Ticino
Vidar Suisse Foundation
Municipality of Bioggio
Directorate for Development and Cooperation SDC / Fosit
Heartfelt thanks to the supporters of the "agriculture" projects:
they have enabled everyone to achieve food security!
The silo-dryer works are now at the end ... the final phase is always the most problematic and so it is: the door is missing and an added height to the walls to ensure safety.
It is already in use, confirming the real need for this new structure.
Great Nyamyumba: Agriculture and farming
Breeding: one cow for every family - Root Terraces: arable land for everyone
To date more than 220 hectares (543 acres) of radical terraces have been implemented, below are some details:
2005/2018 - 220 cows in the village, one Frisian bull, many births, at least one cow per family.
2007-2011 - 50 hectares in Nyamyumba:
2006 – phase 1 - 12 hectares
2007 – phase 2 - 5 hectares
2008 – phase 3 - 6 hectares
2008 – construction of a pilot barn
2009 – phase 1 bis, 2 bis, 3 bis - 3 hectares
2010 – phase 4 - 5 hectares
2011 – phase 5 - 10 hectares
2007/2010 valley - 2 hectares of forage for cattle
2007 – 4 hectares under the secondary school, to lead to autonomy
2012 – phase 6 - 5 hectares built by the community
2013 – 3 additional hectares for secondary school
2013 – rehabilitation of the slopes for better forage yield
2011 – cobstruction of a silo for seed and crop storage
2012 – construction of 50 hectares of terraces on the hill Nyakanyinya
2013 – construction of 46 hectares of terraces and distribution of cows in Nyakanyinya/Rubiha
2013 – construction of 3 hectares of terraces for the Pygmies-Batwas
2014 – continuation of the installation of terraces with lime, manure, seed,
plants fixative and french cameroun. Implementation of the remaining 4 hectares
2014-2015 – cobstruction of terraces for the Pygmies-Batwa, 16 hectares in total, including the previous 3 hectares
2015-2017 – construction and implementation of more than 10 hectares of the Komezumurimo-Mata cooperative
2016 – construction of a second silo
2017 – construction of a third silo
2020 - the construction of a maize sile-dryer for all farmers is under way
2017-2019 – partnership with the cooperative Komezumurimo-Mata ("continue to work"), which has 35 members and was created by the inhabitants of the Greater Nyamyumba and nearby villages.
The intensification of harvests has produced satisfactory results and trials are underway for crops less related to climate change: bananas have produced their first harvests, which are satisfactory.
Komezumurimo cultivates 25 hectares, partly entrusted and partly rented, with very encouraging results.
The project was financed by SDC Fosit, the District of Nyaruguru and Mabawa.
The terraces are distributed equally to families and managed by the "Terraces Cooperative" committee.
Study visits to local projects are organized on time: banana cultivation, terraces with their cooperatives, etc... that lead the community to constantly improve itself.
The two most important visits were:
2010 - Trip to Kibungo to learn how to grow fruit bananas. In 2014 they will give the first harvest.
2013 - Trip to Ruhengeri, home of the terraces to look for new ideas. After this visit was founded in Nyamyumba the
Abadahirwa cooperative, which aims to intensify production and improve sales.
It is already yielding very promising results!
Thanks to the training trips organized by Mabawa, several cooperatives were born.
In 2013, from a spontaneous initiative of a group with a strong female majority in Great Nyamyumba (4 hills), was born the cooperative Komezumurimo MATA (continue to work) decided to work to strengthen agriculture and generate more income. Initially, they worked completely independently and today Mabawa is a partner.
Consisting of 35 members, membership takes place according to strict criteria to preserve a high degree of motivation and enthusiasm for the work. The president is Frandrine Kabaganwa and the Committee has 5 members.
The cooperative has been entrusted with a plot of land of about 4 hectares on the Kajagali hill and one of about 1.5 hectares under the Mabawa house. Bananas were planted on both and wheat and maize were sown to make the most of the land. After harvesting between June and August 2017, the results are more than encouraging: a storage silo was built. In addition, as a trial run, the pilot barn created by Mabawa and the surrounding land was entrusted to it.
The work of this cooperative will also benefit other cooperatives that can follow its example and possibly collaborate with Komezumurimo.
Theotime, faithful to the commitment made to be supported by Mabawa's master's degree in agronomy and agrobusiness, is in Nyamyumba for supervision, solving various problems and... reinforcement in Komezumurimo. Thanks Theotime!