Tools and seeds for 84 farmers in Sorong area

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Tools and seeds for 84 farmers in Sorong area

‘No farmers, no food’ is a statement that is not strange in the context of Papua. The majority of the population that does not live in the city lives from agriculture. As is often the case in Papua, local farmers need to compete against transmigrants from elsewhere. Avaa – a movement of Papuan farmers in the Sorong area – knows how to change this.

€6.500,00

€4.502,50

€1.997,50

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‘No farmers, no food’ is a statement that is not strange in the context of Papua. The majority of the population that does not live in the city lives from agriculture. The Indonesian government invests in the image of farmers and tries to make the younger generations in Papua enthusiastic about farming by providing training and bonuses. In order for the island to remain self-sufficient concerning food. But as is often the case in Papua, local farmers need to compete against transmigrants from elsewhere. Avaa – a movement of Papuan farmers in the Sorong area – knows how to change this.

There is a big difference in approach between Papuan farmers and those who come from elsewhere. Unlike transmigrants, Papuans prefer to rely on local wisdom and their own physical strength rather than modern agricultural materials. But as valuable as that is, it sometimes puts them at a disadvantage. The farmers united under the umbrella of Avaa are trying to change this. For example, the organization helps local farmers determine which soil is suitable for which type of crops. Soil that often still needs to be prepared in undeveloped Papua. But farmers are also taught techniques with which they can increase their harvest. All this without losing sight of the value of the own tradition, knowledge and experience that the Papuans have.

In the coming period, 84 families spread over six communities will receive new tools and various seeds to take their business to the next level. Hapin is impressed by the customization that the Avaa board has in mind. For example, she has individually mapped out what is needed for each community. For some it’s a hoe, for others a lawnmower and yet another can be helped with a shovel, seeds or a pair of boots. We have every confidence in Avaa’s expertise and are happy to support them in this project.

€6,500 is needed for this project. Would you like to help? You can donate here or transfer your gift to NL37RABO0444072470 stating: ‘farmers Sorong

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