: FARM-Africa

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Welcome!

By Global Women's Water Initiative Posted on Tue 19 Jul 2011, over 10 years ago

Welcome to PWX!

Wonderful work! Very excited to see organizations that are working on water from a food security perspective!

I wanted to know a little bit more about your model of development. When you say you help farmers and pastoralists to have access to sustainable water practices, can you tell us how you implement? Do you train? Do you fund full systems? What kind of engagement or contribution do you get from the target group?

Thanks! And good luck!

Gemma

Welcome!

By FARM-Africa Posted on Wed 31 Aug 2011, over 10 years ago

Hello Gemma

Support from the local community when implementing projects is key to how FARM-Africa operates. The first stage of a project involves dialogue with community leaders and local government and it is this sense of community ownership which obviously yields the most positive results.

We train farmers on how to dig and cite shallow wells. Our colleagues in the field use the lead farmer model to train enthusiastic farmers who in turn share their knowledge with other farmers within their community.

FARM-Africa enlists the help of professionals when citing and constructing bore holes. As is the case with shallow wells we train lead farmers in understanding the mechanics and maintenance of the bore holes and provide kits with which they can service the bore hole.

FARM-Africa always implements a full system but exactly what is put in place is dependent upon the funds available for the project.

As I mentioned above we always work closely with the community when implementing a project. The target group takes further ownership over the system by contributing basic materials and labour.

I hope I have answered your questions sufficiently Gemma.

With best wishes to Global Women's Water Initiative,

Hayley

Your head quarter.

By Tanzania Mission to the Poor and Disabled (PADI) Posted on Fri 22 Jul 2011, over 10 years ago

I have closely reading your brief plofile.It shows that your organization is supporting larger population in Africa.Please can you briefly tell us in which country and city is your organization HQ is? can you list few regions and districts where your organization is working in Tanzania?
Regards
Msigwa

Your head quarter.

By FARM-Africa Posted on Wed 31 Aug 2011, over 10 years ago

Hello Msigwa

Thank you for your question. Our directorate, fundraising and overall support functions for the organisation sit in London, England.

We also have two hubs, one in Nairobi and one in Addis Ababa. The Nairobi office is a regional hub for our operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and South Sudan. The Addis Ababa office is a country hub for our operations in Ethiopia.

We currently work in the five countries mentioned and our work in Tanzania is centered around the Babati and Mbulu districts. Take a look at this page on our website which explains a bit more about where we work in Tanzania.

http://www.farmafrica.org.uk/where-we-work/tanzania

Many thanks Msigwa and warm regards to PADI

Questions for FARM-Africa

By The Samburu Project Posted on Tue 26 Jul 2011, over 10 years ago

Welcome FARM-Africa Team! What an incredible project!

Most of my questions involve the implementation process of FARM-Africa:
1. How do you enter the communities? And how are you linked into these communities?
2. How long do you work with communities before implementing projects?
3. Please describe your methods of community mobilization.
4. How do you support the community after the project has been completed? Do you provide ongoing support?

Thank you,
Heidi

Questions for FARM-Africa

By FARM-Africa Posted on Wed 31 Aug 2011, over 10 years ago

Hello Heidi

So, in answer to your questions.

1. Not unlike many organisations that seek to build capacity in the countries in which we work FARM-Africa enters communities through enthusiastic community leaders and local government.

2. FARM-Africa starts a dialogue with communities at the proposal stage and spends the first six to nine months of a project in discussions with all levels of the community in order to lay strong foundations for forthcoming project work. Our projects rely on community ownership and the sharing of knowledge and skills to replicate positive work therefore it is in our interest to involve communities at all times.

3. In mobilising communities FARM-Africa does two key things. We strive to employ at least one individual who is from the region in which we aim to work and we recruit community mobilisers from within the target community.

4. As FARM-Africa's work is centered around livelihoods projects ideally need to be between 6 and 9 years in length to effect a self sustaining impact. Therefore we endeavour to ensure that our projects span more than 5 years, where possible, in order to cement our close work with local government and communities who can in turn sustain the momentum of our livelihoods work.

I hope we have answered your questions Heidi and wish you well in your work with the Samburu Project.

Bye for now!

A few more questions

By Aqua Clara International Posted on Mon 01 Aug 2011, over 10 years ago

Hi,

Very interesting reading your profile and your website. I'm looking forward to reading your responses to the previous questions posted especially with regards to your implementation model and selection of communities. My organization also focuses on training. How are the participants selected for training? What sort of monitoring system is in place after the project has been completed? Are you testing the water from the boreholes? What are the main challenges associated with your projects?

Thanks,
Claire

A few more questions

By FARM-Africa Posted on Wed 31 Aug 2011, over 10 years ago

Hello Claire

Who we train depends on the type of project. Sometimes it is important to select people who have a spark and motivation towards teaching and supporting others. We often implement Training of Trainers training so that models of livelihood improvement can be passed on to the wider community from our lead farmers as effectively as possible. However sometimes we ask the community to select individuals to pilot a project based upon need, especially when we are providing assets such as goats.

As mentioned above, it is our aim to strengthen local government and communities so that our livelihoods work becomes self sustaining. We aim to carry out post project monitoring wherever possible, however this is often reliant on available funding.

Yes we do send off samples of water for testing when we build new boreholes.

The main challenges associated with our projects from a water resource management perspective is the provision of maintenance of the systems once project implementation is complete. Any input from other orgsanisations as how they tackle this issue would be gratefully received!

With thanks and best wishes to Aqua Clara International


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