40 women drawn from within West Coast Region have concluded a three-day
sensitisation training on Kafo governance and on the importance of Baluu
Tinmaringo project (Bio fortification), at Somita Agricultural District
Extension Centre, in Foni Berefet district.
The sensitisation training, which brought together mother clubs and Fangsoto market federation members, was organised by Trust Agency for Rural Development (TARUD), a non-governmental organisation based in Gunjur, Kombo South District.
Speaking at the training, TARUD Director, Bai Jabang, spoke at length on the importance attached to the Bio fortification project, saying it focuses on a combination of factors that contribute in reducing high prevalence of malnutrition and stunted growth in children, especially the under five and lactating mothers.
He explained that the bio fortification project has three components which are the living vegetable, the palm millet and the orange flesh sweet potatoes, stressing that all that vegetable growers need was to replicate the idea by introducing the new varieties to their community gardens to improve nutritional values to uplift the status of the under fives, lactating mothers and pregnant women.
TARUD, he said, is partnering with Fangsoto Market Federation to implement the bio fortification project in West Coast Region.
According to director Jabang, they are working in the nine districts of WCR so as to improve and enhance the life, health and condition of children, especially the under fives and mothers.
United Purpose Nema project manager, Burang Danjo, said the training would enable the groups understand their roles and responsibilities as well as to know the types of vegetables to grow that could help mothers and children in taking care of their nutritional needs.
According to him, the Bio fortification project and the NEMA deemed it necessary to bring the same women in the same garden together to discuss with them for them to understand the objectives of the two projects.
He explained that the projects are targeting the women in the garden to help them work together as functional groups and also as a cooperative to ensure that they generate income and sustain themselves without being dependent on external help.
He said the type of cooperative they would establish would enable women to know that the gardens belong to them and access to input would be addressed for timely availability of beds, nursing, transplanting and harvesting. This, he added, would help them meet the market demand.
Danjo expressed optimism on the sustainability of the bi fortification project, adding that people need to be re-energised, hence all what was required was in the country.
He stressed that Nema is working very hard to ensure that water and other infrastructural problems in the gardens are addressed.
Fangsoto Market Federation president, Ousman Manneh, said the training was timely, noting that the market federation has a major role to play towards the promotion of people using the vegetable varieties and the mothers clubs will take care of the malnourished children to uplift their status.