Progressio development worker Bernardo writes:

In the past weeks we have been monitoring the work we're doing in collaboration with GIZ [the Green Libon project]. This is so we can be clear about the lessons learned and pass on good practice for the future.

Also we've been working on planting the coffee and cocoa plants, which had to be postponed due to the severe drought that we suffered in the area in recent months. We lost some of the purchased plants and seedlings, but still we did a good job on preserving most of the plants until they could be planted.

In the last two weeks the rains have started, and we are currently distributing the seedlings to the beneficiary associations. Hopefully in a couple of months we will have a good level of coffee and cocao production!

In Restauración, beneficiary families have been desperately waiting for the start of the planting activities on their plots. Seeds, tools and other assets have been purchased and the families received training on agroecological planting practices and soil conservation.

The target is 60 families, we've started working with 14 of them with some funds advanced by Solidaridad Fronteriza, and now we need to make sure that the rest get their small-scale gardens and begin to produce enough food for consumption and sale.

Photo: Bernardo Lopez with Ana Rita Abreu (photo © Fran Afonso/Progressio)

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