Thursday, August 17, 2017

ROY VISITS NYABI CAMEROON CO-OPS

This week, I had the privilege of travelling into Cameroon to visit several of the ag co-ops that attended the agroforestry seminar here at the CEFA farm 3 months ago in April. There are over 50 ag co-ops in Cameroon alone as the interest is very high for learning as much as they can about agricultural improvements to help with not just food security, but also to improve their livelihoods. The village of Nyabi is where Bernard Bekosso and his family fled to along with their Fulani friends from CAR back in 2014, to escape death and destruction. Now, all these refugees are participating in 12 co-ops that Bernard has help to create. Even though I was only with Bernard and his co-ops a total of 24 hours, I witnessed many amazing results that the seminar participants did after they returned from their learning experience at the CEFA farm. So, for the next few weeks, the CEFA blog will put out a few of those stories that will warm your heart like it did mine! There is hope for Central Africans, especially refugees! (photos above: Nyabi Fulani women's ag co-op and one of the co-op's seminar participants with his certificate)

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog Personal:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/  blog CEFA: http://car-cefa.blogspot.com/

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

COVER CROP SEMINAR on the Farm

On Saturday, July 22nd,  representatives from 15 of CEFA's co-ops joined in on an all-morning seminar that dealt specifically with the importance of establishing a cover crop over soil that has been used by crops. Soil improvement is key to sustainable agriculture so 3 different forms of plant cover were discussed  – vines, shrubs, and trees - during the first hour. For the next couple of hours, a tour of CEFA's fields and orchards revealed several different methods of planting the cover crops, either in between the rows of trees or scattered throughout the field as a form of fallow. What was amazing was that several had said they were already practicing composting after they had learned about it from another mini-seminar a few months back. So, putting cover-cropping to use is another form of conservation agriculture they were unfamiliar with and were eager to learn about. This teaching session was good timing because they had just established their fruit tree and oil palm orchards and now was the time in the growing season to get cover crops like kudzu and perennial peanut planted and growing.

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog Personal:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/  blog CEFA: http://car-cefa.blogspot.com/

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

CWR ALL AFRICA CONFERENCE

CEFA reps, Benoit, Nadege and Roy attended a Covenant World Relief sponsored Conference in Pietermeritsburg, South Africa the week of May 21 to 27, 2017. There were 9 separate groups representing their own unique projects in their own countries such as self-help (savings and loan), agriculture, counseling, refugee assistance, and many more. The some 30+ participants visited several of the self-help groups in the area in action as part of the Zimelewethu organization that hosted the conference. This was not only an excellent forum in which to learn what everyone was doing in their part of Africa, but also it became a time in which good relationships were developed between the group members. It was amazing to hear of all the hardships and sufferings each program has gone through, but we see the Lord's hand in the successes that have been achieved that are transforming lives within each holistic ministry. A big thanks to CWR (Dave Husby) and Zimelewethu (Audrey Matimelo) for an excellent time!

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog Personal:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/  blog CEFA: http://car-cefa.blogspot.com/

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Monday, May 15, 2017

"Tis the Season to be Planting

After a long hard dry season and a late start to our rainy season, the
CEFA farm hands are busy planting acres and acres of trees, field crops,
and vegetables. New orchards are being laid out, holes dug, and the
trees installed - in particular, cocoa, coffee, rambutan, breadnut, pili
nut, oil palm, and peach palm. Oh, we must not forget the diesel trees
being planted in the reforestation section where one day CEFA hopes to
be self-sufficient in producing its own diesel fuel that is derived from
the sap of the Copaifera langsdorfii. Old orchards have places where
trees have died and they have been replaced as well. Out in the villages
where especially there are new co-operatives getting started, they have
an interest in establishing their own demo orchards of oil palm, cocoa,
coffee, and some fruit trees, so CEFA's village team has been very busy
assisting in helping them. Getting the earliest possible start in
planting trees is important to take advantage of the 8-month rainy as
much as possible - to allow for as much root development to happen which
will then make it more drought resistant during the dry season. Fruit
trees and commodity trees such as these are an important investment for
establishing food security and financial self-sufficiency with the
people of Central Africa!

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Roy & Aleta Danforth
Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic
cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621
Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176
email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org
blog Personal: http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/
blog CEFA: http://car-cefa.blogspot.com/



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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

CEFA HOSTS CAMEROONIANS INTERESTED IN AGROFRESTRY

With a four day seminar, CEFA hosted 42 Cameroonians (11 women and 10 Fulani) representing 30 different ag co-ops on the topic of agroforestry. This is not only the largest crowd CEFA has ever invited at one time, but it is also the first international one! Lessons were taught on how to layout an orchard and a tree nursery as many were interested in starting their own oil palm farm. The participants mainly learned by observing what CEFA has been practicing such as no-burn gardening, composting, cover cropping, and raising nutritious fruit trees. It was a great success on CEFA's part - now the responsibility falls on the shoulder's of each rep that attended, to return to their villages and transfer that information back to his or her own co-op.

--   Roy & Aleta Danforth  Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic  cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621   Roy 011 237 66171 7808 or 011 236 7754 9176  email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org  blog Personal:  http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/  blog CEFA: http://car-cefa.blogspot.com/

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Monday, March 27, 2017

VILLAGE CO-OP ORCHARD STAKING

An easy concept but difficult procedure is to stake out an orchard with a planting distance of 8m, in straight rows. If successful in establishing right angles, then one can efficiently place 169 trees in a one hectare square (13 trees by 13 trees). Random planting is OK to use if land is not a limiting factor, but if one wants to get the maximum production out a plot of land, one must use the 3-4-5 triangle to get your first right angle, then proceed to measure out your 8m distances in every direction. CEFA staff assists the newly created co-op at Ndumba in establishing its first one hectare orchard that will be planted in oil palm, cola nuts, and various other fruit trees once the rains start (within a month's time). Having been taught how to do this method of spacing, this co-op can extend its orchard in any direction and add more trees to its orchard at any time. This demonstration empowered this co-op to seek long-term solutions to its quest for reaching self-sufficiency in food production plus taking into consideration crops that will generate income. 


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Roy & Aleta Danforth
 Covenant missionaries to the Central African Republic 
 cell phones: cell phones: Aleta 011 237 67529 5071 or 011 236 7744 8621
 Roy 011 236 7754 9176011 or 011 237 66171 7808
 email: roy-aleta.danforth@covchurch.org
 for us personally:   http://blogs.covchurch.org/danforth/
for the ag project, CEFA:  http://car-cefa.blogspot.com