Innovative Conservation Agriculture and Livestock Management Techniques for Reversing Land Degradation and Economic Empowerment of Women Farmers in Ganze Constituency
Extreme poverty in Ganze has exacerbated land degradation in the area as many community members cannot afford agricultural inputs and better breeds of animals for better land management. Excessive grazing by goats, soil erosion, low soil fertility, low quality manures have led to very poor crop and livestock yields plunging many families into the poverty trap. There is also inadequate knowledge and information on appropriate conservation agricultural technologies that can be integrated with good livestock management to reduce land degradation. Though farmers keep goats, they do not effectively utilize the manure which goes into waste. It is with these challenges in mind, that Ganze Women empowerment Group seeks partnership with UNDP-SGP to empower women farmers to reverse the cycle of degradation and poverty.
The overall objective of the project is to demonstrate community led innovative techniques that will reduce land degradation including soil erosion and increase incomes of participating families. This will be achieved through demonstrating conservation tillage techniques, improved goat management husbandry, value addition of crops and livestock products and water conservation techniques. This project relates to UNDP/SGP focal area on “land degradation” and to some extent “climate change” adaptation
Ganze Women Empowerment Group
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Project Characteristics and Results
Notable Community Participation
All members of Ganze Women Empowerment Group were involved in the formulation of this proposal. The executive committee arranged for meetings to discuss the project where members gave their views on the activities to be carried out and how the project should run. Each participating group will be assigned activities to undertake in all the objectives and they will come up with their own implementation schedules and roles. Their group leaders will be attending the regular monthly meetings that will now also serve as the monthly project meetings where they will review progress and make necessary adjustments. The group representatives will form part of the project management team.
All participating women will take part in monitoring and evaluation of project activities and performance. All will be involved during the development of M&E tools at the onset of the project such that they understand and internalize the indicators, targets and requirements for reporting. Monitoring will be done from plot level when the demonstrations have been set to the community level when assessing impact of the project. Women of different socio-economic strata will be involved.
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