Mama Mayila and the Hope team - dedicated volunteers, Uncles Williams, Mohammed, Hassan and Musa and Aunty Zainab - are crossing the Mabanta River to catch up on Hope Sakuma's progress and meet with our stakeholders to finalize a project developed over the summer with farmers to help make Sanda Magbolontor sustainable.
Mama Mayila's first stop is to Hope Sakuma's demonstration farm and our first rice paddy turning golden, pregnant with a “full belly” as our farmers say and ready soon to harvest. And as these paddies show, Azolla and rice are a truly match made in heaven!
This harvest is looking so good we know our Hope Sakuma farmer field school is going to persuade farmer's with ease of the benefits Azolla is set to bring - reduced fertilizer costs and weeding time and a very profitable rice-azolla-duck-vegetable system, widely used in what are now middle income countries.
Mama Mayila picks up a handful of the Azolla from Njala, working it's magic and fertilizing the seed.
We've been working with our farmers over the summer to find out thier families food needs for a year and we think, depending on the household size, with 1-4 paddys each, our farmers will have enough food for the year and full bellies in rainy season, as well as benefiting from improved nutrition and livelihoods and all the while dramatically reducing our rice paddys’ co2 emissions.