F2F Follow-up with Laymouna coop
By Zineb Laadam, HAF Field Officer
On 5 January 2022, the Farmer to Farmer (F2F) team organized a trip to the Demnate municipality in the Beni Mellal-Khenifra region to follow-up with a host organization called “Laymouna Cooperative.”
The team and a representative of Laymouna Coop visited the Jewish Cemetery—Haroun Saint—where High Atlas Foundation (HAF) and the community will grow a tree nursery in order to follow up on the recommendations from O-H-16 and O-H-17.
The co-op members participated in a training conducted by a F2F volunteer to help them develop a comprehensive design, material, and implementation assessment for the upcoming tree nursery project, which will benefit farmers and schools in the region.
After the training workshops provided by the local volunteer, the host organizations’ members are now able to do planting, transplanting, irrigating, and weeding. The volunteer devolved a tree nursery budget for Laymouna Cooperative, and trained them on growing fruit trees in the greenhouse, as he prepared a design of the nursery and marked the place for the water source.
The members of the coop seemed to have started building a fence on one of the cemetery sides, and this will protect the tree nursery area, as some local farmers changed the way of irrigation from the traditional one to drip irrigation.
The members adopted the recommendations from the F2F assignments, which were to register the HO as an official agricultural cooperative and give roles to the members. Currently, they are focused on developping a project proposal to seize opportunities as the budget for the tree nursery is ready.