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Farm Project, Dondo, Mozambique

Farm project, Dondo

The Farm Project promotes work ethic and responsibility. When people expect a handout, they tend to lose motivation to work, but when they are given opportunities to work they learn how to care  and provide for themselves and their families better.

The first farm was set up in the Sofala Province of Mozambique to provide food for widows and orphans who live with extended family. This farm has had its first harvest and has now been handed to the locals to run. 

Land has now been purchased for the second farm which is a short car ride from the  into the Dondo Iris base.  Julie Callin (Trustee) visited the farm in September 2010, and was able to see progress to date which included the building of a caretakers house. With money donated by Anazao the road had been cleared to provide vehicular access to the farm. Money has also been provided for the registration of the land with the Government, for tools, seeds and wages for clearing the land.

The land is on the road to Savane and is situated in the bush. It is currently overgrown and will require painstaking clearing, however it is fertile and has an excellent water supply from a nearby river. Because of the remote location, the farm will have a live in caretaker to provide security for the tools and crops. The house is currently being built and once this is complete work will start on clearing the land. 

Here is an excerpt from a newsletter received from Isla on 26 October 2010:

'Things are going really well out there. The money you (Anazao) left has helped us to do so much. The guys who have been working out there have completed the house, and are able to stay out there now which is going to save us a lot of gas money. We have been paying them 500mt a week (100mt a day, which I guess works out at about £2). We also pay for their food – just the basics: farinha (corn flour), rice, beans, oil, sugar etc. 

We have bought all the tools that we’ll need, including a wheelbarrow, hoes, rakes, watering cans and scythes. The guys have been working hard to prepare the land, breaking new ground in the areas that look best, and also reopening the part that had already been farmed up at the top. They have planted small areas of onions, peppers, cabbage, tomatoes and lettuce as a trial run to see what will work best. I think this week they will be planting some beans, sweet potatoes and mandiok too.  We are doing some trial runs with different techniques, including an organic patch and a fertilised patch. Franque has learned some different methods of reducing evaporation from the ground and protecting the plants from the sun, so we’re trying those out aswell. All in all it’s quite a busy time out there – but I’m sure the boys find time for fun and games too!

The well that you saw when you were here has been properly dug out now, and even though it has got a lot hotter and drier very quickly it hasn’t yet dried up.  The river, on the other hand, has ceased to exist. The guys think that the well will dry up too before the hot season is over, but hopefully if we venture deeper we should be OK.

The boys are doing a great job at the moment, and we do need all four of them during this time that we’re getting set up and experimenting with different thing We are wondering though, whether it might be better in the future, to have a couple or a family who have a heart for this kind of thing and would like to live there permanently. 

.......I’m very pleased with the way things are going, and it’s great to be providing work for the guys. Franque is doing really well leading the whole thing too – he is taking on a lot of responsibility and seems very committed to doing a good job.'

Pictures of the second farm  to be posted soon!

Below: Farm number One









The Farm Project is overseen by Isla Farley from Iris Ministries in Dondo. Mozambicans work alongside Isla  providing day to day management.


The Dondo Farm Project was set up to feed widows and orphans in the Sofala Province of Mozambique. Land for the second farm has now been bought just outside of Dondo. The Farm Project promotes work ethic and responsibility rather than relying on handouts.





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