Women's sustainable development through the sunflower value chain: story of change

Wednesday, December 16, 2015 - 15:25

After being trained on the structure of agricultural associations in agricultural cooperatives on new cassava production techniques and obtained cuttings of that mosaic-resistant (diseases threatening cassava cultivation in full bloom) with the support of AAIB, producer associations are organizing to good crop management and rational marketing to increase household incomes by giving value to cassava.

The contribution of women in sustainable development is essential

The Cooperative "TUBEHONEZA" developing the Sunflower chain achieves spectacular progress with the ATI support via the sunflower value chain WARUBIZI. It consists mainly of women farmers (263 women and 13 men - split into 18 groups) that advocate for increased family income and the increase in production has access to their well- being and that of their dependents.

Here Mrs. Josephine Busago, aged 53, married with 8 children (5 boys and 3 girls) and in charge of a group member of the Cooperative "Tubehoneza" the lady ahead of the photo wearing a t -shirt and pane below, expressed his satisfaction for us to be involved in the development of the sunflower.

“At the outset I wish to express my gratitude to the NGO AAI has provided funding for the development of the sector and sunflower value chain "WARUBIZI" who supported our producer organization. Before Warubizi happens, the sunflower was grown in a rudimentary way and neglected and in addition, the harvest was minor. Warubizi taught us modern tillage techniques, smoking, planting, processing fields and harvest. Beside these learnings, she provided us with quality seeds and mineral and organic fertilizer on time. Even more, Warubizi has reassured us of the flow market our crops because Warubizi has a production plant for sunflower oil. It is the latter that motivated our members to put the package need to maximize production.Under normal conditions, within a Hectare  we grow, we expect a production up to 1.5 tonnes in the proportions whereas before the use of modern farming techniques with selected seeds our production did not exceed 500 kg per ha. Under the same support IAA Warubizi shows us how to form savings and credit unions to help each other through access to small loans facilities and cheaper interest. I can reassure you today, all women who want it, can operate.

Therefore I wish to express my gratitude that  the NGO AAI has provided funding for the development of the sector and sunflower value chain "WARUBIZI" who supported our producer organization. Before Warubizi happens, the sunflower was grown in a rudimentary way and neglected and in addition, the harvest was minor. Warubizi taught us modern tillage techniques, smoking, planting, processing fields and harvest. Beside these learnings, she provided us with quality seeds and mineral and organic fertilizer on time. Even more, Warubizi has reassured us of the flow market our crops because Warubizi has a production plant for sunflower oil. It is the latter that motivated our members to put the package need to maximize production. Under the same support AAB Warubizi shows us how to form savings and credit unions to help each other through access to small loans facilities and cheaper interest. I can reassure you today, all women who want it, can operate Trade from these savings and credit to supplement the shortfall recorded in farming.”

Josephine continues to reassure us that all women members of the cooperative fail to meet the needs of their families through this support. She is confident that soon the carencielles diseases affecting especially children will experience a significant decrease since the community will consume sunflower oil and have learned how to use it while cooking different recipes as well as its added value in the use of this oil.

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Ms Peline Minani, 36, a mother of 5 children is president of the association Dukutsikivi which count 35 people including 29 women and 6 men. The association is a founding member of the cooperative Kutsikivi - responsible for the development of the cassava sector. She acknowledged the support given by AAIB its organization in terms of agricultural techniques and donates cassava cuttings resistant to the mosaic:

This culture is more than important for our community. Beside the money cassava tells us, it is present in over 50% of food is consumed as tuber, like flour (cassava paste) and / or vegetable (isombe). ActionAid has taught us how to increase the production of this culture by teaching new farming techniques such as row planting, the application of chemical fertilizers and organic manure thing that we looked brand new. With the application of these new techniques, production increased from 2 to 5 tons per hectare. This helps our families to partially enjoy certain rights such as access to education of our children, access to health care, skillfully and diet.”I would like to once again extend my thanks to AAIB while asking them to support our initiative to set up a flour processing unit fortified cassava.”declare Pelline with a great smile.