Volunteers Hassan, Andrew and Marlon bring some of the villages on the waiting list to join Hope Sakuma some good news! The farm's executive board have agreed to 15 more villages joining to develop 15 inland valley swamps to plant much-prized Nerica rice.
Members from Kamalo, Patful Titikel, Roghenty, Madine and Rogbst each receiving 3 pans and 3 shovels each to develop 15 inland valley swamps and plant three varieties of prized Nerica rice in Sanda Magbolontor Chiefdom. And we've just had some great news discussions with JICA, the respected Japanese NGO are bearing fruit and we hope to see their IVS specialist coming to train some of the women from each group in the new year in specialist rice care.
Members from another five of our new villages - Magbolontor, Komneh, Robomp, Forakaria, Mamalay each receive 3 pans and shovels, some in a group shot at one of the distributions in Magbolontor village. There's 10 men and 20 women in each farming group - we try and embed gender equality in from the beginning - and these farmers really need more tools.
Long-time readers will remeber our enthusiasm for the wonderful Nerica, developed in Sierra Leone for the different Salone terrains - it's pest and disease resistant, the seed keeps its characteristics when replanted and it can be harvested 3 times a year. We've been working hard and the two bushels planted last year are now 1