Farmer’s Clubs in Guinea Bissau:
Planet Aid UK has supported the Farmer's Clubs in Guinea Bissau with donations of over £14,440.
The figures on hunger paint a clear picture of the threat that hunger continues to place on the world and also illustrates why eradicating hunger and poverty is appropriately placed as the number one Millennium Development Goal.
Jacinto, 39 years old, owns a piece of land which he has been cultivating as his way of living for some years now. He lives in Oio, Guinea Bissau, the poorest region of the country, where 69% of the heads of families are illiterate and 60% of the children don’t attend school. His family consists of 14 members and most of the children participate in the production. If Jacinto were real, he would be the prototype for the 350 farmers who decided to join the Farmers’ Club Rural Energy in Oio in 2010, a project implemented by ADPP Guinea-Bissau. The aim was to take advantage of the huge agricultural potential to break out of poverty, in this case, by adding energy provision to the array of other activities the program provides and builds among the farmers.
The training of all the farmers was indispensable for the technical installations to work and to create awareness about sustainable energy. Besides that, they have been learning from each other, sharing experiences and resources and working together on the buying and selling of their products to obtain the best prices.
According to the project technical staff involved, the training of the farmers plays a crucial role in reducing poverty in Guinea-Bissau, one of the poorest countries in the world, where 60% of population lives under $2 per day, ranking 176th out of 187 countries in the UNDP Human Development Index for 2012. Even though the Agricultural sector employs 85% of the labour force in the country, the rural areas are still the forgotten ones and 94,3% of the population do not have access to electricity.