Wednesday, January 31, 2018

COCOA BUTTER LADY VISITS CEFA

Elodie came from Cameroon to teach us how to turn cocoa beans into oil and then cocoa butter. Before leaving, we toured the Somongoe CEFA farm and Garden of Eden. Here is her testimony: "What riches you have! From what I saw, I have to start cultivating my own small plot ». So before leaving, she bought 2 tea plants, 2 mangosteen plants, 2 rambutan plants and I offered her 2 coffee plants from the island of Hawaii. She asked for some pepper cuttings and saw the glyricidia trees they were climbing on, and got cuttings of that as well. She said in conclusion "I pray to God that what I come home with will survive because I know their importance and I will not fail to return to CEFA as soon as possible".

--   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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VEGETABLES HELP NEIGHBORS

Tatiana, A gardener said: "What I've learned from you (CEFA) since 2015 about gardening, every year I can not miss gardening because it gives me food for my family and I sell a part that also brings me money especially (she planted tomato, onion, cabbage, spinach, lettuce,and  carrots). So I have often helped my neighbors who come by every month to have some vegetable leaves to feed their children.

--   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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Friday, December 1, 2017

No Way! Yes Way! Palm Oil is Here to Stay!

This last month, long-time colleagues and good friends, Paul and Sheryl Noren, came from their ministries in the DRC to spend time with us, at the CEFA Farm. Paul is also a CEFA Board member and a CEFA technical advisor with a lot of expertise and skills in many areas of agriculture. One such innovation that he came to set up for CEFA is to hand-pollinate oil palm trees to get a highly productive super oil palm cross. Normally, to get these super palms, one must go 700 kms into Cameroon to the special research station and purchase these palm crosses at 50 cents a seed. Right now, the CEFA director Benoit Zangao, has done this week long trek to pick up CEFA's 3,000 palm nut order placed 3 months ago. Hopefully, this is the last time CEFA will have to sacrifice time and expense because it is now capable of doing their own at the CEFA farm! No way!, Yes, way! Soon, CEFA will have the capacity to supply not only plantable oil palm nuts to its own farm, but also to help ag co-ops in the area it is serving.

--   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, October 14, 2017

FULANI FRUIT EXCHANGE

Ngambo is a Fulani refugee from CAR that fled into Cameroon not recently, but over 10 years ago (he fled from armed bandits). He learned from one of our agroforestry seminars back then as to how to raise fruit trees and vegetables. Once a cattle herder, he is now an avid gardener and part of the co-op network in the town of Kentzou just across the border from us. I have not seen his garden in years, so as we were visiting other gardens, we went by his and he asked me if I could identify one of CEFA's fruit trees he planted that is now fruiting. I said it was a rollinia and is ripe when it turns soft and yellow. He asked me how to eat it and I said when ripe, just split it open and eat all the delicious sweet and soft flesh. I then turned to him and asked him what fruit he was growing in his garden (it looked like some form of eggplant) and he told me the name (nzonzo) and I asked him how to eat it and he said go ahead and take a bite! Wow, I thought what a great exchange of fruit knowledge where we both have added a new type of nutritious food to our diets! Ngambo believes in what he is doing and has created a model agroforestry garden with fruit trees, vegetables, starchy roots, and other staples like corn – all intermixed and composted in one plot – which is what CEFA calls a tree garden. We are now using Ngambo as the expert example for the other co-ops as to not only how a tree garden is done, but also how one can truly put one's heart into it and succeed – for over ten years now!

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ANOTHER TRANSFORMATION TREASURE

This past week I was able to visit some of the refugee gardens in Kentzou, the town just across the border into neighboring Cameroon where Pastor Boniface has been organizing agroforestry co-ops – WHERE over 20 of them attended the 3-day seminar in April at the CEFA center. I checked out a few gardens and I was very impressed with a couple of them because they had planted their cowpeas we had distributed to them not only in rows, but they composted each row as well! This is truly an amazing testimony to transforming from the old ways of slash and burn agriculture to one of conservation agriculture – a rare thing to see, but hopefully a significant breakthrough! Not only do the people believe in the importance of raising high protein beans, but they also want high yields, putting to practice new methods that CEFA has demonstrated at their model farm in CAR. Meawhile, on the very same day, same hour I was visiting these refugee gardens, the UNHCR was distributing food in a giveaway frenzie after almost 4 years since the refugees from CAR were displaced. To the contrary, the people whose gardens I visited were not interested in getting free food as they put more value on raising it themselves, with CEFA's help!

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