Launching ceremony of the project funded by Obra Social “la Caixa” in Senegal

On Saturday December 3, the launching ceremony of the project “Improving the production and economic fabric of an area of Senegal with a high index of poverty and risk of food crisis, by strengthening 4 production groups comprising mainly by women took place with the assistance of the authorities of Podor department, Niandane commune and Guédé village ; the decentralized state services (commerce, rural development, SAED, children support, local development, etc); the traditional village authorities, as well as representatives of the four target groups.

Launching ceremony of the project

Launching ceremony of the project

The attenders appraised the participative ceremony, as it provided an opportunity for their active intervention and to obtain clear and direct information about the activities planned by the project.

During the meeting, the project was presented by the coordinator of RADI in Podor. Other participants intervened after the presentation, underlining the importance of any activity promoting income generation for women, as this does not only benefits them, but also their families.

Launching ceremony of the project

Launching ceremony of the project

A special mention was made for the planned kindergarten, as it will provide access to education to children aged 0 to 5 years in the commune, creating a synergy with the Programme for Integrated Education of the Ministry of Education of Senegal.

During the ceremony, the representatives of the governmental technical services offered their assistance and monitoring for the execution of the activities.  Consequently, progress was made in defining the structure and functioning of a Supervision Committee that includes representatives of the local authorities, the technical services and the 4 target groups.

The meeting ended with the recommendation for producing a written summary with the matters discussed and the conclusions reached during the debate, as well as for defining general guidelines created for the supervision committee, that should result in a document to be distributed among the participants

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Start of the pig breeding training programme of the food security project in Vietnam.

On September 21, 22 and 23, we started a training programme on pig breeding techniques in Muong Thai community (Phu Yen district). This programme is directed to all the beneficiaries of the project “Improving life conditions of impoverished rural areas of Phu Yen district through sustainable agriculture and livestock practices” that CONEMUND is implementing directly in Vietnam, with no local counterpart.

Preparing concentrated pig feed during the first session of the pig breeding techniques training programme

Preparing concentrated pig feed during the first session of the pig breeding techniques training programme.

This training programme will be divided in five sessions of one day each, where expert animal breeding consultants, together with CONEMUND’s local field staff, will instruct the members of Rural Production Groups in different management and pig breeding techniques, using for that the pigsties previously built by the project.

This first session inaugurated the technical skill building programme that goes along with the construction of 8 pigsties and the delivery of 16 female pigs for reproduction, provided by CONEMUND to five small villages targeted by the project.

Practical training session at the pigsties built during the project

Practical training session at the pigsties built during the project.

The training was attended by 75 members of the Rural Production Groups organized during the project, representatives of the District Agriculture Department and representatives of CONEMUND, both from the head office in Madrid and from the delegation in Vietnam.

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The evaluation workshop of a project aimed at improving the resilience of vulnerable populations in Niamey has been held.

The conference room of the Commune IV has hosted the final workshop for sharing the results of the project titled “Improving resilience and livelihood of households suffering from food insecurity in towns of Niamey Commune IV”, an intervention aimed at reducing food vulnerability of very poor households in this commune. The workshop counted with the participation of the beneficiaries, the traditional and community authorities, the delegate of CONEMUND, as well as the project team and members of the NGO KARKARA, in charge of the project implementation.

Beginning of the workshop, with the presence of the SG and a Counsellor of the Commune, and the representatives of KARKARA and CONEMUND

Beginning of the workshop, with the presence of the SG and a Counsellor of the Commune, and the representatives of Karkara and CONEMUND

The intervention has improved the agricultural production of 10 women associations from three villages in the Commune IV (GorouKaina, KongouKonga and Sagagourou II) by introducing irrigation in the farms, providing training in agricultural engineering and products marketing, together with a continued technical assistance by the Technical Services of Niger’s Ministry of Agriculture. The women have also received different trainings in management and strengthening the activities of their groups; shops have been built to sell products such as seeds and fertilizers, thus facilitating the access to them for the beneficiaries and other producers of the area.

During the workshop, the beneficiaries had the opportunity to express the changes they have experienced in their day to day tasks thanks to the implementation of this intervention. The representatives of the various groups pointed out that the diet of their families (about 800 people per village) has become more diversified thanks to the introduction of different varieties of vegetables in their farms; they added that the intervention has improved the role and participation of women at village level.

Women Beneficiaries

Women Beneficiaries

CONEMUND and KARKARA have worked intensively to promote the empowerment of women and their greater participation in decision-making at family and community levels. These awareness activities have been supported by the projection of short films in the three villages, in order to generate a debate within the public attending, which has been beneficial to promote the empowerment of women.

At the end of the workshop, the communal authorities, as well as KARKARA and CONEMUND, have pledged to continue the follow up of these groups of women in order to consolidate the project results.

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Promotion of child protection and capacity building for women in 3 suburbs of Dakar, Senegal.

Recently, CONEMUND and its local partner EDEN have started the project titled “Promotion of child protection and capacity building for women in 3 suburbs of Dakar, Senegal”, sponsored by the Andalusian Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AACID).

The project will focus on 10 communities of the suburbs of Dakar with the following aims:

  • Improving access to quality education for children and youth, both girls and boys.
  • Promoting the right to an identity and to social participation, for children and youth.
  • Promoting the right to health of children and youth.
  • Strengthening the intervention capacities of EDEN’s women network (“godmothers”) in those communities.

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    Delivery of mosquito nets

The project, which has a 24 months duration, is the second intervention of CONEMUND sponsored by the Andalusian Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AACID) to support the children and youth in Dakar’s suburbs.

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EDEN is one of the main counterparts of CONEMUND in Senegal, and until now, both associations have worked in partnership in five projects for Development Cooperation, always promoting the children’s rights.

 

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Improving food security of the population, with special attention to children and women, in 12 villages of Kayes region, Mali.

After the grant recently disbursed, CONEMUND and its local partner ADG have started a new project, titled ”Improving food security of the population, with special attention to children and women, in 12 villages of Kayes region, Mali” sponsored by the Andalusian Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AACID).The project is aimed at improving food and nutrition security, with special focus on children and women of reproductive age, in 4 rural communities of the circles of Diema, Nioro and Bafoulabé, in Kayes region, with the following expected results:

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Teachers and students of the formations.

Improved agricultural and livestock production, via the training of producers and the promotion of horticultural activities and the manufacturing of dairy products.Trainings will be conducted on soil conservation and recovery practices, the use of organic fertilizers and basic crop protection techniques.

Furthermore, 1950 kg of improved seeds will be delivered in order to increase production yields.

The project will also provide technical trainings in food storage, cereal banks and community management to the farmers’ organizations of the 4 rural communes, while promoting off-season horticultural activities.Finally, warehouses for proper fodder conservation will be built in order to feed the cattle, and training in traditional cheese production will be provided.

Improved nutrition and health of the population, through promoting breastfeeding, disseminating recipes based on local products, controlling the level of infant malnutrition and monitoring vaccination protocol.

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Farmer.

Increased resilience of the most vulnerable population via environmental conservation.Irrigation ponds will be excavated and native plant species of economic interest will be planted in order to reduce deforestation and improve family nutrition.Firebreaks will also be made to protect pastures, crops and vegetation.

CONEMUND has a large experience in food security projects in rural West Africa.CONEMUND’s most important lines of intervention reside in promoting agriculture, safe water access, raw materials valorization and training for vulnerable groups. The working techniques and methods of our NGO have been corroborated by many projects implemented over the years. The experience CONEMUND has developped in Mali is mainly focused on food security, with a special focus on children and women.

 

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Results of the project about FGM in the district of Dar el Salam, Cairo, Egypt

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Project closure “Support for 150 cattle breeder women in the north and in the south of West Bank by increasing their action’s capacity and their decision-making processes for their family farms”

In general, in the Palestinian Territories women are the people in charge of cattle protection, milk collection and milk products production. This project has managed to increase the production and the decision making processes of Nablus, Jenin and Hebron women in sheep farms through specific training in veterinary care and safer and less expensive new production and collection methods.

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To achieve this goal, the project has followed a logic of intervention which is divided into 4 phases. In the first phase, veterinary care training for cattle, methods to improve the quality of cattle feeding and new techniques to improve the preservation and the analysis of fresh milk were taught to the beneficiaries.

In the second phase, the relation among the women beneficiaries of the project and the cattle cooperatives in the north and in the south of West Bank was strengthened.

In the third phase, women were technically supported in their family farms to obtain more and a better milk production of their cattle. As a result, we developed milk products (yogurt, cheese, butter, etc.) with better quality.Finally, in the fourth phase, the manufacturing and the commercialization of milk products were improved through training and marketing activities.

The group of women who have been part of the project have actively participated during the execution of the activities.

This project has been made thanks to the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) co-financing.

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CONEMUND has been working in the Palestinian Territories since 2004 and with the closure of this project, we completed our work in this area due to the lack of funding and resources. Increasingly, financial supporters don’t consider the Palestinian Territories a priority area despite the population’s needs, which are the same or they have increased since we started working here.

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Conemund makes the final workshop of the project “Improving agricultural production in 5 groups, composed of women of the Commune I of Niamey”

The final workshop of the project “Improving agricultural production in 5 groups, composed of women of the Commune I of Niamey” took place in the head office of NGO RESEDA.  The main objective of this workshop was to improve the resilience against food insecurity of women and their families in the Commune I of Niamey (Niger).

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This meeting had the participation of Rita Santos -the AECID (Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation) coordinator in Niger-, the delegate of CONEMUND and the NGO RESEDA president. In addition, they were also present the mayor of the Commune I and the administrative authorities of the commune, the traditional chiefs of the 5 villages and the women benefiting from the project.

The incomes and food security in 135 households of the 5 groups of the Commune I of Niamey have improved through the training sessions, the consolidation of production units, the marketing of their products and the implementation of cereal banks.

During two years, they have made different activities. The results of this workshop are under evaluation but they presented a provisional summary at the ceremony. Among these activities, living in community and literacy were the most appreciated by women because they have helped them to create new capacities, to reduce their vulnerabilities and to improve their quality of life.

The project has built three cereal banks that have been provided with cereals. The management committees have sold them at a moderate price. This fact has allowed to the households benefiting from the project to face difficult periods of famine.

The women present at the closing ceremony (5 people of each group) have expressed their satisfaction with the development and the achievements of the project. One of them said: “We are committed to continue the development of the activities to ensure the sustainability of what we made”.

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Conemund works to improve the living conditions of 1823 women’s communal Federation Ndioum, in Senegal.

Conemund works in a new project focused on female agricultural sector, specifically in the value chain of dry cereals where direct actions on the links of processing and marketing will be taken. The proposal is aimed at the promotion of food security and the improvement of the living conditions of the vulnerable population of Ndioum commune in the Department of Podor, Senegal.

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Likewise, the proposed intervention, that meets a broad diagnostic work carried out by CONEMUND and the local partner Green Senegal, revolves around the problem of malnutrition so closely linked to agriculture.

This project is based on an approach of comprehensive work based on 3 main axes to ensure the sustainability of the intervention: capacity-building, the physical equipment and the articulation of actors.

The project will collaborate with the communal Ndioum Federation, composed of 19 groups of women engaged in agricultural production (cereals and vegetables), processing/marketing of agricultural products, livestock, dye and clothing.

This consolidation will bring socio-economic benefits for groups of women involved, so that their families will be favoured to the vulnerability of food crises.

The social capital of the commune will be strengthened thanks to networks of trained women on sensitising, prevent and nutritional health especially for children.

CONEMUND has a long experience in projects to improve food security in rural areas in West Africa. Interventions in agriculture, improvement of access to water or enhancement of raw materials, as well as the formation and training of vulnerable groups, is one of the main lines of intervention of CONEMUND, which has contrasting methods and techniques of work thanks to the projects. The experience developed in Senegal by CONEMUND focuses on the field of food security and alternative schools of inclusion of schoolchildren to the formal education system.

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Conemund started a new project of food security in Niger to the access of food and nutrition in households in the Niamey´s II Commune.

Conemund started on December 12, 2015, in Niamey, Niger, the project “supported the ability of resilience of the population to recurrent food crises in the Niamey II commune”. This initiative, which will be carried out together with local partner Contribution Au Developpement Rural, aims to increase revenues and reduce food vulnerability of 556 women who are part of 6 Group of Economic Interest.

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The project, funded by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development, aims that with the reduction of time spent on the transformation of agricultural products, thanks to the innovation and implementation of processing units, women, working in this sector, see decreased their daily workload and can thus devote more time to his personal training. The Group of Economic Interest will be revitalized through training and awareness-raising in associative life.

Another objective of the project is the theoretical and practice training on nutrition of children from 0 to 5 years and women of reproductive age. Chronic malnutrition affects 4 of every 5 Niger children, being 1 of every 10 in a situation of acute malnutrition. It is important for families to learn, thanks to the nutrition training that will be provided to them, how they can improve their eating habits with products that they already have.

In addition, also the project will develop other targeted training to reduce gender inequality, so that women can exercise a greater role in social and economic life of their communities.

CONEMUND has been working in Niger since 2009, primarily in supporting training and the strengthening of food security for vulnerable groups. Thanks to this activity, has been able to meet the basic needs of the population of Niger and has decided to take action to improve the living conditions of the rural population, taking advantage of the experience that already has in matters of agricultural development in Africa (Senegal, Mali and Niger) West. Thus, the institution has focused particularly on supporting productive groups of women, through access to inputs and resources (equipment inventory, improved seeds, water, earth, useful work, compost), financial, administrative, and technical training, support and training for access to the market, with the objective of improving food security and the resilience of the population capacity.

 

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