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Agriculture

With the sustainability of the school project in mind, ADH as undertaken an agricultural project. Income from the agriculture should contribute long-term to finance the school operations. Currently domestic agricultural products are grown on a total area of 10 hectares and are sold at local markets. This helps the food-poor region and creates new jobs. The agricultural project also provides opportunities to involve the local community with the school project and teaches them to take personal responsibility for the school in Mushapo. The professional cultivation can also serve in the future for practical training.

Jul 2020

Expansion of our agricultural project to include a palm oil plantation thanks to the UNO support programme

PIREDD, part of the “Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation” project, a UN supported program, saw the potential the potential of our agricultural project with an area of 40 hectares of land. Through this support program, the "Agro-Veterinary School ITAV ADH Mabala" was sponsored 1100 palm nuts, which will grow into seedlings and be planted on 7 hectares of our property. Our teachers and students will have to take care of this palm oil plantation, planting, watering etc. Agronom and school director Philemon started a little nursery with his helpers for growing the seedlings. The proceeds from the sale of the products belong to the school and should help to support it in the future.
Expansion of our agricultural project to include a palm oil plantation thanks to the UNO support programme
May 2020

Agricultural project in Mabala contributes to school maintenance

In order to improve the teachers' salaries, we started an agricultural project around the school buildings, which so far works better than the previous such programmes, as in Mushapo. Thanks to our headmaster, the excellent agronomist Philemon, the agricultural project is making good progress. He also initiated a small chicken and rabbit farm, which now has 43 chickens and 4 rabbits. As the photo shows, our chickens and rabbits were regularly fed by our students before the "lockdown" due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Agricultural project in Mabala contributes to school maintenance
Dec 2019

Good harvest in the supported micro-farming project of Jean

On the Plateau de Bateke, east of Kinshasa, Ing. Jean was able to bring in a good cassava harvest for the agricultural microfinance project we started with him last year. From the proceeds of the harvest, Jean was able to fully pay the expenses for the seeds advanced by ADH.
Good harvest in the supported micro-farming project of Jean
Nov 2019

Agricultural project in Mabala brings first field yields

After sowing several crops, the students harvested in November a large quantity of vegetables that the school sold to various mothers who sell it further to gain some support for the school. This is a dream come true: agriculture as sustainable development from which everyone benefits. It creates jobs and support for mothers and their families as well as training for the students and income for the school. Our goal is to expand this development to achieve more independence for the school.
Agricultural project in Mabala brings first field yields
Jul 2019

Maize Multiplication Project

To help the poor farmers in the surrounding villages of the Kutu region, we are encouraging maize plantations. You may remember that we brought 500 kg of maize to Mabala 2 years ago. It took a long time for this project to take root, but after we offered the farmers to buy the maize from them, they were encouraged to grow more. Now they even sell the maize to traders who ship it to Kinshasa and sell it there. We hired agronomist Alain, a young, energetic farmer, to oversee this project. We also gave him money to collect the first 5 tons of maize and bring them to the Fimi River. From there it goes via the Kasai River to the Congo River until Kinshasa, where BBK members will sell it and use the income to support the school. All this is still a pioneer effort and we will have to see how it works out.
Maize Multiplication Project
Jun 2019

Jean’s Agricultural Project

Last year we launched our first Micro Financing Project. We gave a loan to Jean so he could plant sweet potatoes and manioc in the Plateau de Bateke, east of Kinshasa. Here is his report: “The microfinance project received from A.D.H. is a blessing despite some difficulties encountered in the first year. With the results we were able to buy 5 ha of land where we will plant sweet potatoes in September, to be harvested in January 2020.”
Jean’s Agricultural Project
Apr 2018

Our Agricultural Project Gets an Expert Supervisor

Jean met up with Ing. Philemon who will be in charge of our agricultural project in Mabala. Both of them studied agronomy together many years ago. They visited the Isaka area where most of the farmers planted the maize seeds we brought to Nioki last year.
Our Agricultural Project Gets an Expert Supervisor
May 2017

New concept for the agricultural project in Mabala

For the location of our new school project – “ADH Agro-Veterinary School of Mabala” – we chose a 40 hectare piece of land between the city Nioki and the village Mabala. This will enable pupils from both places to visit the school easier and the territory is big enough to teach agriculture on site. Since we had a lot of problems with theft in our former agricultural projects in Mushapo, Jean came up with a new idea which we already started implementing. We bought and transported (500 km by truck and boat) 500 kg of maize seeds to Mabala. These seeds are not genetically modified, but better quality than what the local population is using. We will give 5 kg to 100 families of BBK members, who are very excited about this boost in their lives and area. The plan is that they grow this maize on their own fields, which means less complicated for us and better protection of the products. At harvest time, hopefully they will each harvest 20 kg of seeds, from which they will keep 10 kg for themselves, give 5 kg to support the school and return the original 5 kg to be used for another 100 families. Corn can also be sold in Kinshasa as there is regular boat traffic between Kinshasa and Nioki, which could create some income for the school and the population. We hope, the project will offer needed education, create jobs, supply food for the people and income for different needs.
New concept for the agricultural project in Mabala

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