As of 2021 onwards the Akawa Project is based on new pillars,
An Akawa Project News update - April 2021
Productivity : nursery beds
Why ? From rustic to modern units to help increase farm yields
What? 11 * 1000 sqm beds
With? Each 200'000 plants (75% coffee - 25% shade and fruit trees)
Who? Pillar managed by Supremo, Nurseries to be ran by Women
Knowledge : good agricultural practices trainings
Why? Improve farm management skills of 10'500 coffee farmers
What? Training the trainers (Leader farmers) and follwoing-up with the whole community
With? 463 Leader farmers
Who? Pillar managed by Supremo
Gender Equality : Women's groups
Why? Improve gender equality and women's rights
What? Trainings on savings, household decision, income diversification, positive masculinity and more
Who? Pillar managed by the United Nation's Women's office in Burundi
Water : Safe access to drinking water
Why? Improve and provide safe access to spring water
What? Protecting existing natural springs to enable safe access
How? Solidifying ground level access and preventing animal access with natural fencing
Who? Pillar managed by the NGO ZOA
With these strong pillars to develop the road is open ahead of us to start field work and reach measurable objectives by 2023. With the partnerships for the two outsourced pillars still being finalized and the harvesting season upon us Supremo started the trainings in January. We share with you how these went !
1.) Renewal of coffee parcels
2.) Maintenance of coffee farm
4.) GAP (pruning, mulching, manure)
5.) Pest control
6.) Harvesting for quality
The theory was followed by a half-day practice session on and around the Mageyo washing station grounds where participants could put to the test the skills they had been thought.
Participants came out of this workshop with high spirits, ready to take on the mission of training the Leader farmers themselves !
Self evaluation at end of workshop
46% increased knowledge by 35 = 80%
20% by 20 = 35%
34% by 10 = 20%
Meet the trainer !
We cannot continue telling you about the Project without introducing "JP" !!
JP : "As a coffee guy and a Burundian citizin I am convinced that I have a role to play in empowering the Burundian cofee sector and fulfill the dreams I have for my country."
Jean-Pierre Ntarindwa or "JP"
Age : 42
Kids : second coming in May 21
Nickname : JP
Studies : Agronomy
With an Auntie active in the coffee sector it is since a young age that JP decided to make it his own career path. Jean Pierre is married to Chantal and together they have a 2 year old son named Igiraneza (which means God's kindness).
Every morning Jean-Pierre puts on his sneakers and heads on a 5-6 KM run. He likes all sort of music but his favorite one is Gospel. Reading is another of his passions and his preferred books are Novels.
After graduating from University with a Thesis on Bio-fertilizers JP joined USAID as an intern in charge of training farmer groups. JP also held cooperative's staffs training on Fairtrade standards and quality focus. He then joined Kalico, a coffee exporter, and quickly rose to the position of Production Manager over-viewing all aspects of coffee processing and quality, from cherry to green coffee. Since 2019 at Supremo JP is our strong asset in the field when it comes to both project Management and Quality Control.
Follow The leader
Having refreshed the technical skills of our partner agronomists and washing stations managers we could now embark on training the Leader farmers directly. Our in-house expert teamed up with the agronomists at each washing station in February and March to hold the first trainings.
With renewed skills and a clear action plan ahead the 11 washing stations agronomists drummed-up the communities to inform about the upcoming Leader farmer trainings to take place at the stations. For a restart of trainings after a period of inactivity the attendance was not bad with 54% of the Leaders attending. No doubt that with the success encountered the numbers will be growing as trainings continue. Out of 463 Leaders they were 251 to attend of which 9% were Women Leaders, we aim with time and thanks to the Gender pillar of the Project to increase this percentage of women.
The trainings were given by Jean-Pierre in close collaboration with the station agronomists. The methodology use was one of inclusive teaching with open discussion between the groups and the trainers.
The Leaders expressed their satisfaction in the trainings and went back to their coffee farms determined to in turn train their neighbor farmers.
Thank you for taking the time to read about the Akawa Project, we hope you enjoyed and would you have any questions or comments please feel free to reach out by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org with a cc. to email@example.com.
In the pipe for Q2:
Nursery beds construction
Topography study for water sources
Kicking-off the Gender pillar with the United Nations
And..... the Harvest !!