General discussion about the project

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Discussion about project and actions to be taken in the village and by the neighbours

Hi tanja,
I here by enclosing the South kivu province's humanitarian Evaluation repport.unfortunately is the French vesrion.
tryto run on it and find all analytical information relative to food access,livelihood information.

I think this repport wil hel to better anderstand the walungu situation.
let all of us read this before and discuss further.

sonja/Raoul here is more informatio.I would like all of us to focus on recommandations.

warmest regards

Guillaume kahomboshi
Walungu LR

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Hi guys,

Thank you for your inputs.

Tanja - thanks for helping us with risk assesment. The extended discussion about pros and cons would be helpful as well, but I thought about SWOT just because it would provide an overview on the situation at one place. I don't think we need a very detailed analysis at this momet, but rather a short version with the main points, to make it easier to bring decisions.
However, as long as we have the desired final result, the tool we use is less important.

Everyone - I'd like to know your thoughts about this.

Guillaume - I think it will be neccessary to have this document translated, I'm affraid that we won't be able to work with this. Would it be possible to find an English version?

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Hi everybody,

Here is a very basic questionnaire outline for the SWOT analysis. We will have the best, most accurate results if we listen to the local community's answers to these or similar questions. Please elaborate,correct, delete :). I read a book about Sudan and the author mentioned cattle camps where “young boys went to learn to care for the livestock, beginning with goats and graduating to cattle”. Does similar concept exist in DR of Congo?

Questions for Strengths (Assumption: focus on goats, without sales to the external community in the beginning, just internal use of meat /milk, subsistence farming???)
1. What does the operation do (will do) well?
2. What do other people (neighboring farmers, goat farmers) see as farm’s strengths?
3. Is there a major source of the farm’s (community’s) revenue and profit?
4. What is the major focus of the farm operation? (weaned kids for sale, purebred breeding stock)
5.
-What were the motivating factors and influences? (protein needs, goats are easier to handle than cattle?)
-Brush and weeds in abundance on the farm?
6. What will be the most notable achievements? (raise 5 goats?)
7. What relevant resources does the farm have? (forages, water resources, buildings?)
8. Is the moral of the community high? Are there incentives in place to reward farmers for good work?
9. What is the farm’s greatest asset? (forage base, land?)

Questions for Weaknesses
1. What does the farming operation not do well?
2. What do other farmers see (will see) as the farm’s weaknesses?
3. Are the weaning weights low?
4. Are the kidding rates low?
5. What should the farm avoid? (debt?)
6. Is the operation “wandering”? (no direct focus or objective?)
7. What is the biggest expense? (feed, veterinary supplies and fees?)
8. What relevant resources does the farm need? (consistent water supply, rural water line)
9. Do the farm’s employees perform at their best? Are their reward incentives for good work?
10. Is labor short during kidding season?

Questions for Opportunities
1. What new technologies are available that the farm operation can use to lower costs or improve marketing? Can the farmers afford them/do they know how to use them?
2. Can the quality of products, operations, and inventory management be improved without incurring serious costs? (improved weaning weights through internal parasite control and hoof care?)
3. Can a competitive edge be created? (add a performance tested buck?)
4. Can the profitability be improved by reducing parasite loads and disease control through vaccinations?
5. Can the farming operation have more predictable cash flows? What can the farm do that it is not currently doing to improve the operation? (add guard animals, do rotational grazing, add a performance tested buck?)
6. What new government policies and programs are available? (cost-share for watering systems, ponds, or fencing; rental of goats for grazing invasive plant species?)
7. What interesting social patterns, population profiles, and lifestyle changes are occurring that could benefit the farming operation?
8. Availability of rental land to expand the enterprise?
9. Add-on products? ( cheese, leather?)

Questions for Threats
1. What obstacles does the farming operation face? (lack of rural water system, drought, rural roads and bridges that create problems for trucks, the local creek floods?)
2. Is the farming operation keeping up with technological changes?
3. Are there governmental (or farmer cooperative) decisions that affect the farm’s production or markets? (not repairing or widening local roads and bridges, environmental restrictions/regulations?)
4. Cash-flow problems?
5. Are the employees adequately trained and motivated?
6. Could any of the farm’s weaknesses seriously threaten the operation?

Let’s elaborate on these questions, add others relevant to the local situation and have the local community involved. I do not know almost anything about goat farming in Africa, so the above questions may sound artificial, but please humor me and let's discuss them. I will combine the SWOT analysis answers with the resource information to create a " one stop" document once we have the discussion going ( and I figure out how to read French:)).

Benefits of the SWOT analysis: We can use the identified strengths to tackle the weaknesses and to capitalize on the existing opportunities. We will minimize the influence of weaknesses identified and enhance the existing strengths by taking advantage of the opportunities.

Questions based on research published by Goat Research.

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Hi Sonja,

This is the link for the html version of that document:

http://66.102.9.104/search?q=cache:csQRUKgnYMkJ:www.grandslacs.net/doc/3...

Then just go to babel

http://babelfish.altavista.com

And enter the link and ask it to translate into English. Had a quick look and the result is good enough the get the idea.

Hope this helps,

Raul

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Thank you Raoul for this help.

Guillaume

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Raul,

Thank you for your help. The document paints a very bleak picture of Walungu. Hopefully the situation is much better today ( the report is from 2005). Here are some patches from the babelfish translation:

...Multiple problems of production:insecurity created by the successive wars causing displacements of the farmers, plundering and destruction of harvests and the cultures by armed bands,lack of authority of governmental administration,physical weakening of the women due to rapes and sexual violences (1028 assaults in 4 months), poverty of the ground, diseases of the plants, problem of access to the ground, lack of inputs and agricultural credits, weather disturbances , mining, lack of infrastructure and markets, abandonment of agriculture to the women and the old men and the ignorance of the agricultural techniques by the farmers, constant malnutrition, lack of clean water and latrines,high mortality caused by waterborne diseases. The schooling of the children is not possible for the majority especially the girls because they are always victims of social discrimination. The income of the family is very low, which does not make it possible the population to suitably reach the primary care of health...

The situation was described as- anarchy, fear, insecurity and permanent tension.

If we are focusing on milk production the bad hygiene and the lack clean water will be major problems.

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Dear neighbours, this is project proposal for Gbongay, Sierra Leone, based on which the village got funds for beekeeping project. I believe it's elements would fit Walungu project proposal as well.

4.5
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Proposal for diary project Menegai, Kenya

4.5
Average: 4.5 (2 votes)

Tanja, what do you think to organize a chat session with Guillaume soon, so you can ask him directly all you need for swot and risk assesmet? If you think that might help, let us know what time would be suitable for you, to see if we could fit in your schedule.

Do you maybe need a separate task for that, so the discussion wouldn’t distract in different direction? Or you prefer it as it is now? I thought that those analysis would be very useful also as a part of our project proposal document.

Is there any news about the material from Dr Gipson or from South Africa? Did you find Guillaume’s address?

Guys, I still got no information on anyone traveling to Congo from the USA to deliver the seeds. Anyone else got any info on that?
Hope to get the seeds in the village soon.

Warm regards to everyone
Sonja

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When we find someone traveling to the country, I will send a lot of seed but for now, I want to mail 2-3 different varieties by airmail. Please email to me an address.

Ken

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Hi Ken,

Guillaume had posted this address I think it is the same. Is it that the address to send the seeds Guillaume?

Mr GUILLAUME KAHOMBOSHI
C/O VINCENT MUKWEGE
Economat générale Archidiocese de Bukavu
BP 02 CYANGUGU
RWANDA

Raul

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Thank you Raul.

That's the address in Rwanda, but the problem is that last time the seed wasn't allowed to enter Rwanda. Ken, do you have any information about the situation now?

Here's an address in DRC, Kinshasa, where Guillaume can receive mail:

ANDRE MATUNABO
CRITAS DEVELOPPEMENT CONGO
CONFERENCE EPISCOPAL NATIONAL DU CONGO

BP :3258 KINSHASA GOMBE
DRC

He can go there when the mail arrives.

Warm regards,
Sonja

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Sonja,

The people who took the seed to Rwanda I think were the problem; not the country. I believe they were told that but I do not believe it. I have traveled in many countries [19]. I will mail the seed this week and they should should arrive before the end of April.

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Hi Ken,

Thanks for this and let'us know as soon as seed are sent.

Warmest regards.

Guillaume

Walungu LR.

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Ken, thanks a lot for the seed. Let us know also to which address you send it.

Everyone, we should start to look for an organization operating in the area, or at least in the country, which would be willing to visit Walungu, meet the community and send a report and hopefully some pictures. This would bring a credibility to our work, especially in writing and sending funding proposal.

So we should search for an NGO in the area and send a letter (Raul provided me with the standard letter they used in his villages, so it needs only some slight changes in terms of names or so). It shouldn't be hard to find such an organization to pay a visit.

The earlier we start with the task, the better. Does anyone feel like googling a bit and contacting some NGOs? Raul provided the reports from his villages as an example, and I also will be happy to explain the details.

I wish you all a nice day
Sonja

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