The Pig for Pikin project is focused on providing local communities of Lower Fungom with skills and assets that can be used to generate income sufficient to guarantee that good education is given to local children.
- Objective 1: Capacity building: livestock and piggery management, including financial aspects of the work of livestock managers.
- Objective 2: Generation of income through pig farming
- Objective 3: Improve schools and pay regular salaries to PTA teachers working in Lower Fungom
Amongst the many different proposals we have heard about, we think that the most promising is to support the development of local pig farming involving high-yield breeds of pigs that are already well-adapted to local environment and that can generate more income through trade than other breeds. So the project outcomes are as follows:
- establishment of 2 high-standard and fully functional pig pens in Lower Fungom, each managed collaboratively by a group of villages through their trained farmers. Each pig pen will have to reach self-sustainability in 1 year’s time of activity.
- Trained farmers will train other villagers to the same task, including also financial and administrative skills. This process of knowledge transfer will be duly monitored by ReIgnite Action for Development, the Monitoring and Evaluation partner to this project.
Project final outputs
- successful training of 1 farmer per village through an intensive 3-week course (delivered in Bambui by teachers at the National Polytechnic Bambui in September-October 2015);
- construction of 2 pig pens in locations that facilitate collaborative management by groups of villages through their trained farmers;
- 6 to 10 high-yield breed pigs established in each of the 2 pig pens for local reproduction ;
- medicines and vaccines for piglets;
- other assistance as needed to make sure the piglets thrive in Lower Fungom;
- establishing continued successful cooperation between villages.
- December: in Bamenda, meeting with the chiefs of the 13 villages and initial co-design of the project. Better roads, better schools or more profitable farming?
- February: Ikom proposes pig rearing, we propose to keep schools, the chiefs say "go ahead". Pig for Pikin is born. Research and planning phase.
- March: general public meeting (200+ participants) for first initial presentation of the idea to the local communities, with "question time" and clarifications.
- May: Further research and planning, much planning indeed.
- July-August: Ikom visits all the villages and presides over the creation of village committees and over the election of the trainees (one per village).
- September-October: 3-week training at the School of Agriculture, Bambui Polytechnic, University of Bamenda.
- November: the Pig for Pikin "njangì" is created: every two weeks members of the village committees meet, talk, plan, save money, and have fun together. Visit by Pierpaolo and big event in Fang.
- December: patches of land are donated by the chief of Abar and by the village committee of Kung. We can start building the initial two pig pens.
- January-ongoing: construction of the two piggeries.
- April 9 - May 20: CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN on www.ulule.com !!!
- May-onward: the two central piggeries start being managed. As long as one pig is sold, money is managed by the project steering committee (each village has one representative) and at least 25% of the net income is devoted to education-related needs: books, buildings maintenance and ameliorations, common fund to subsidize salaries of community teachers.
- June/September: by now the local committees should be able to manage the two central piggeries without financial support from external sources. This way we can start looking at how to make better roads... 🙂