The
TIFIE INTERACTIVE FARM
Village of Bwe, Democratic Republic
of Congo, Central Africa

 

 

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VILLAGE OF BWE
Democratic Republic of Congo, Central Africa



Whereas villagers used to migrate to the capital city of Kinshasa for employment, new communities like the Village of Bwe are being expanded as villagers return to farm their land; finding education for children is improving; and the local economy is starting to emerge. Bwe has gone from being a food-deficit village to among the largest cassava producers on the Bateke plateau. The village is comprised of 50 village homes under the leadership of their tribal leader, Chief Michel. TIFIE has negotiated with the clan to be the first villagers to implement the Light A Village Program designed to

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provide off the grid solar and wind systems powering 50-60 huts, and a warehouse with sustainable electricity and refrigeration.

TIFIE will work with villagers to expand their agriculture pursuits to help them pay for the electrical systems. Supporting agricultural trade, purchasing the goods from the villages and transporting it to the markets will enable the Village of Bwe and the 52 villages that surround the area to expand and create more income for themselves.

ANIMAL HUSBANDRY
Focusing on Those Around us



Food production is a very real problem in Congo. TIFIE is creating a sustainable solution for the local villages by providing training in animal husbandry – the raising and breeding of animals for meat. The current focus is on rabbit and goat breeding, as they both can multiple rapidly and provide a nutritious protein option. Animal husbandry also provides a useful source of income diversification for rural area farmers. TIFIE initiated an animal husbandry practice at the DUMI Farm where rabbits are bred, cared for and then sold in the surrounding area. Goat production is also a focus, as goat meat is a traditional African meat for celebrations.

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TIFIE has a dedicated housing structure to husbandry that is well designed and ventilated to guard against respiratory tract issues and susceptibility to infection from bacteria. All workers are required to wash their hands and sanitize footwear before entering the husbandry and interacting with the animals. Careful handling of the rabbits is crucial, as rough handling may cause irreparable damage to muscles and may lower the carcass quality. Rabbits are inspected daily for any sign of ill health and all sick rabbits are isolated and held in quarantine. Dead rabbits are removed immediately and disposed of hygienically.

LIGHT A VILLAGE
Bringing Energy to the Tifie Farm


TIFIE is pioneering an innovative solar power energy program called Light A Village. Rural areas of Africa are desperate for light. At sundown, village life comes to a complete halt because there is no light, affecting children, families and businesses. The Light A Village matching project provides a practical and sustainable solution in conjunction with US solar energy leader GOAL ZERO for villagers to energize lights, television, refrigeration, and recharge cell phones. Energy is a catalyst for all other development work; economic, social, education, health care, community development, and environmental sustainability. This solar charging station will be the heart of the Light A Village program, where villagers will recharge batteries and receiving training on proper care and use of solar panels.

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The Light A Village program accepts donations and grants to cover half the cost of providing solar power systems to villagers. The other half of the cost comes from the people themselves, who farm and trade their harvest to earn cash to buy the solar products at an affordable price. TIFIE will grant 50% of the cost and villagers will have 12 months to pay back the remaining cost through cash or labor. Villagers will either connect to the solar charging station at the farm or receive a complete solar power kit, which includes a GOAL ZERO Escape150 power pack, a 15-watt solar panel and a 3-watt LED light. Not only is this providing a basic necessity of energy, but it is also teaching the value of financial responsibility one light at a time.

TRAINING FACILITY
Improving Food Availabilty



TIFIE Training Center offers agriculture programs focused on helping farmers and villages improve food availability, food security, and increase economic stability with sustainable agricultural practices. TIFIE provides technical assistance to farmers in agro-forestry and seed multiplication. The programs encourage changes to cropping patterns, reforestation and diversify of harvests that can enhance economic livelihoods.Recently, TIFIE has brought the The Crops Clinic of Kinshasa (Clinique des plantes de Kinshasa) which is a research program developed by a credible Ngo CAVTK, Centre Agronomique Veterinaire et Tropical de Kinshasa. Specifically training on crop and animal disease, we had several local farmers as well as employees attend the training.

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Another local training project that TIFIE supports in partnership with the Catholic Church provides training, seed grants and technical assistance to entreprenuers.  TIFIE has implemented a seed multiplication project with two local associations of 130 members each (50% women members and 35% women managers). The groups have successfully multiplied cassava, corn, peanuts, cowpeas, soybeans and planted seeds on 120 hector of land, thus tripled income of each family involved. Local entrepreneur programming at the Training Center has also provided training on on rural road repair, seed multiplication, market development, education, microenterprise, water procurement, and health and HIV projects.

WATER WELL
Providing Safe Drinking Water




In 2011, TIFIE cleaned and drained the 100-foot deep brick-lined well and removed all deposited materials thereby allowing the specific capacity and pore volume of the well to be restored upon completion. A steel top was added to the cistern and a solar powered pump will distribute the water to both the vegetable garden and a 30,000-gallon storage tank on the farm. This water will be a much better source than the muddy rivers, lakes and ponds it replaces. Once the solar pump is added to the well, workers on Dumi Farm and the villagers in Bwe have access to an endless stream of clean and safe water.

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TIFIE believes safe drinking water is a basic human right and has sought clean-water solutions on the Dumi Farm. They have done this by educating villagers on the use of water filtration systems and rainwater harvesting methods. It also includes the restoration of a dead water well on the property that has not been in use for 20 years. It was known that previous owners of the property used the well as a fresh water source. However, the well was abandoned and fell into disrepair collecting debris and sludge.

VEGETABLE GARDEN
Village of Bwe, Democratic Republic of Congo



 

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The Dumi Farm vegetable garden has experimented with growing pineapple, moringa, eggplant, hot peppers, and corn to identify which plants would thrive in the local area and would best help village farmers generate household income. TIFIE has planted 247 hectors of Cassava, 100 hectors of sweet potatoes, 2 hectors of pineapple and over 40,000 moringa and acacia trees.

AGROFORESTRY
Property Border of Trees



Without the acacia trees and the benefits they add to the soil, it would take seven years for a field to recover and restore itself after each harvest of cassava. After the acacia trees are fully mature they are harvested and turned into charcoal. This system stops deforestation, renourishes the ground, and provides an income for the surrounding villages. The farm employs up to 200 people, providing sustainable employment

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to Congolese people from eight different villages, as well as providing them with agricultural training that they will be able to use for the rest of their lives. Deforestation is a severe problem in the Congo. TIFIE is implementing a proven cassava production cycle that allows for a regular high-yield harvest of 247 hectors of cassava, while incorporating the planting and growing a quarter of a million acacia trees each year which are harvested and made into charcoal.

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