At the beginning of 2017 we started to develop projects:
1. Bee keeping
- We made six top-bar bee-hives with carpenter David. In the hive we need a special gauze that separates the queen and the breed from the honey-chamber. With hives the people don’t have to pull the honey out of the forest. We want to finish all the hives and put them in the forest.
- Goal: We can create a small business by harvesting the honey without damaging
- the bee population. Those hives are also suitable to put around the ‘machambas’ local vegetable gardens.
- Elephants are afraid of bees. A bee-fence is the solution:
2. Fish Farming
- Chief Mahlanga is leading an area with 50 families situated directly under Maputo Elephant Park. The chief is organizing meetings with his people and makes decisions about fishing in the lakes. He has a wish: Fish farming. With the trip we wanted to achieve that we learned more about fish farming and that we got a realistic idea about how to start a project. We visited ‘Peixe Bella Vista’ a big Fish farming company and community project at the Rio Maputo. The project is on hold by lack of finance.
- Goal: An activity with Fish farming will reduce poaching/ hunting and over-fishing.
Agroforestry with elements of Syntropic farming can create an earning-model for local people.
February 2016: we started to talk with people in Mozambique about this.
March and April 2017: with the help of ladies from Zitundo we implemented one kilometer of beds with vegetables, fruit trees and trees for timber. This was done in six weeks using the technique of Agroforestry and elements of ‘Syntropic farming‘.
From March 2017 we lined out area with 8 tree-lines and 24 crop-lines (1/4 of a ha):
Planting and covering the beds with organic matter (april 2017):
Four month later (August 2017)
Broken drip irrigation and little maintenance made the plot not the best example, but it is still easy to move forward because the outline is intact and the soil has better quality.
ISET/OWU One World University
When we were convinced that we understood how to plant in Mozambique, we informed our contacts at One World University. We went to the University in Changalane and they allowed us to work with the people in their garden. After a few days they gave us the opportunity to prepare a lesson and we gave a lecture to the students!
Making beds at the University (March 2017):
End of May 2017 they send us a picture of the beds filled with beans and vegetables:
Older Activities in 2015 and 2016: