Editorial June

 

WE SHOULD PUT MORE EMPHASIS ON OUR CHARACTERISTIC OF INTEGRATED RURAL DEVELOPMENT EXPERTS!

Our history is rich in the realization of a program that had and is focused on Integrated Rural Development, beginning in 1984, when the first KULIMA team carried out five years of Emergency and Development activities in Vilanculos. We covered 20,000 families, including Farmers and Fishermen, who, affected by the Civil War, were forced to start over again, all productive activities, financed by the European Union, at that time very attentive to the issues of rural development, living close to The completion of the Programs and without all that bureaucracy, which today blocks the process of Cooperation.

In 1990 Vilanculos passed to Inhambane and Maxixe, with the revitalization of the Green Zones, with funding from the French Embassy and the Green Belt Women's Promotion of Beira City, with funding from UNICEF.

Thus KULIMA's first decade of life was even characterized by concrete actions on the realization of activities related to Integrated Rural Development, transforming emerging technicians into specialists with an enrichment of actions aimed at Social Promotion: promotion of Women and Children, construction of Schools and clinics, the fight against HIV / AIDS and other endemic diseases such as Malaria, TB, Cholera and Malnutrition.

In 2000, with the support of the FAO and other institutions, we came to live with the Emergency, with a specialty to guide everyone towards development actions, and we became experts in responding to the different calamities that affected the populations of Gaza, Maputo and Sofala. We distribute food and clothing, seeds and agricultural implements, invent and carry out itinerant Agricultural Fairs, build a multitude of houses, schools, wells and health centers, restoring access roads.

In short, in the first ten years of life, we played and with the recognition of the part of the Central Bank of Mozambique, which gave a Financial License, as a Microfinance Agent, we defined the 6 Pillars of our Institution and spread to almost the entire territory With delegations based in each provincial capital.

We continued to grow during the second and third decade, confirming our operational capacity, forming a large number of Integrated Rural Development technicians, who gradually entered government positions or became international NGOs, or created other NGOs similar to KULIMA

Today, after 33 years of engagement, we can summarize that our action is centered on INTEGRATED COMMUNITY EDUCATION, highlighting the growth capacity of the most disadvantaged Community and making it easier for its Members to achieve what they believe they can do with their own strengths.

We have had and we have a constant attitude in our way of life: the constant application of the principle of UPDATE, answering the question: What should be our most effective, most innovative, most acceptable action today?

That is why in every age the principles of Integrated Rural Development and Social Promotion are updated and concretized in specific actions.

Today, therefore, what are the most important actions that we should focus on in Integrated Rural Development Programs?

As a point of reference, attached to this exhibition is a summary of the 14 most significant actions in which we are involved and we must increase our presence.

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1

Promotion of Associativism and the fight against illiteracy.

In view of the sustainability of rural producers.

2

Prevention of desertification

Whereas periods of drought are becoming permanent.

3

Blocking all rainwater with the construction of dams

Water reserves must guarantee human, animal and agricultural needs.

4

Creation of multifunctional water mini-systems

In view of environmental preservation and long-term cost savings.

5

Drone use in land survey

For better analysis and planning

6

Permanent use of satellite information - ICT - satellite

For prior notice to the Associations, in order to facilitate production and marketing programs.

7

Use of small greenhouses for the production of vegetable seedlings

To anticipate and facilitate the transplantation and reduction of seed costs.

8

Use of large greenhouses for production throughout the Year.

For Production of selected products throughout the year, considering the market demand.

9

Use of improved seeds

Breaking the traditional habits in the use of degenerate seed.

10

Study in constant update of the markets

In order to prevent surplus production of low income.

11

Performing all steps in the production value chain

Facilitating attention at all times of production, processing, preservation and marketing

12

Food processing and preservation

This activity should be done for each applicable product type.

13

Promotion of Agricultural Mechanization

Breastfeeding the productive capacity and facilitating the retention of young people in the field.

15

Use of agricultural microcredit

Considered the Motor of the Rural Development when practiced of a rational form and d great respect of the rules.

16

Promotion of Associations and the fight against illiteracy.

In view of the sustainability of rural producers.

 

 

We will value our experiences and reinforce our daily commitment to promote Integrated Rural Development.

 

 


 

 Kind Regards

Domenico Liuzzi

Kulima's National Director

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