In an effort to keep you informed about our ongoing projects with communities, we will post “Notes from the Field” blog updates on a regular basis. We look forward to sharing our work with you, and reading your comments!
In partnership with the Global Diversity Foundation, HAF recently completed a three month participatory monitoring and evaluation program in the Imenane Valley. All nine of the villages in this valley, which includes approximately 3,000 people, participated in HAF’s fruit tree agriculture program during the past three years (42,000 fruit trees were distributed 2006-2008). The evaluation brought associations and communities together to discuss the successes and challenges of fruit tree agriculture in the region, along with identifying other socio-economic and environmental projects the communities would like to pursue. In addition to using participatory methods, such as pairwise ranking and community mapping, the evaluation also included an empirical component in order to determine survival rates and health conditions of the fruit trees. Key findings include:
HAF is currently assessing these needs and making plans for more community meetings where beneficiaries will work with partnering agencies to create action plans. Please check HAF’s website soon for a complete summary of the report, along with a PDF of the full report.
During the months of August and September, HAF is meeting with communities in the Tifnoute Valley to evaluate the Kate Jeans-Gail Tree Nursery Memorial project (a community nursery of 60,000 fruit trees) and create an action plan for the distribution of these trees this winter. We are also meeting with communities to review technical plans for clean drinking water projects, and meeting with women to create a cooperative that will serve up to twenty villages in the region. Please check our website later this fall for updates on the Tifnoute Valley.