FAMA Launches Farming Project
Pygmy Families Plant and Harvest First Crop and Share Food
Early in 2016, after years of negotiating with local governments for land, FAMA launched a pilot farming project among the Pygmies of Muyinga. During the initial farming season, the longstanding 87 FAMA families worked together to clear the land and plant beans. At the end of the season, they successfully harvested approximately 830 kilograms of beans. That is 1,826 pounds!
Partner "Children in Crisis" Sponsors Farming
FAMA is now partnering with British organization Children in Crisis, which will generously fund FAMA farming for at least the next few years. Now, during this second farming season, 33 new Pygmy families joined the 87 longstanding FAMA families in the farming project. All 120 families are cooperating to cultivate, sow and harvest beans, corn and potatoes. We are delighted to report that the 87 original families receiving additional food support decided to share their rations from food distributions with the 33 new families working with them in farming.
Pygmies Will Work Side by Side with Other Tribes Towards Self-Sufficiency
Going forward, 30 new families will farm side by side with the 120 Pygmy families. 150 families will be working together in all in 2017. An exciting development is that non-Pygmy families will work together with the Pygmy families. This is a huge step forward for both the Pygmies and the other tribes.
FAMA’s goal in launching this farming project is to help the Pygmies and other impoverished residents of the Muyinga community become more autonomous. They will be growing their own food rather than simply receiving handouts!