Farmers Club members display their produce Planting tree saplings 1 A young woman plants a tree sapling
Community Development

Five years after the first Jatropha seedlings sprouted in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, local Farmers’ Clubs are using a new bio-fuel center to process the oil contained in the seeds of this unusual tree. Similar to large coffee beans, the non-edible seeds produce a high-quality “green oil” suitable for bio-fuel engines, and versatile enough to be converted into soap, fertilizer and bio-pesticide. Organized by ADPP Mozambique and the FACT Foundation, and supported by Planet Aid, the project involved 1,800 individuals belonging to 36 Farmers’ Clubs. Together they helped plant and cultivate 600,000 Jatropha trees –  far surpassing the original target of 250,000. At the bio-fuel center, farmers and other workers are being trained in various aspects of production, including seed cultivation and plant harvesting, oil production and refinement, and conversion of oil into other products.

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 Conventional cotton farming is well known to consume large quantities of insecticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizers. Despite this chemical onslaught (or perhaps because of it), America’s cotton fields are now being overrun by a plant called pigweed. Pigweed has traditionally been kept at bay by the application of a glyphosate herbicide known as Roundup. The problem today is that pigweed has become resistant to Roundup and is growing fast and furiously across the southern United States. The situation is dire and farmers are desperately struggling to save their crops. Pigweed is alleged to have initially become resistant to Roundup in 2006, but it was only this year that the impact has become widespread.

Each of the recipients, which included extended families, the elderly, the unemployed, and subsistence farmers, received 30-35 pieces of climate-appropriate clothing. Assistance with the clothes distribution and overall coordination was provided by ADPP staff, community volunteers, and local government representatives.

Since 1986, ADPP has worked together with local communities and the Government of Angola to build a more unified, equitable, and just country where citizens can lead healthier and productive lives.  ADPP works in 16 of the country’s 18 provinces and directly engages more than 8,000 people in work or study on a daily basis.  ADPP reaches hundreds of thousands of others through community-based projects in health, education and community development.

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