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Verapaz Community Empowerment Program (VCEP) Improving the value of agricultural production – Strengthening access to markets – Building greater local leadership capacity !"#$%&'()&$*)+,-#..$/-+0+)0+1#$2%*/3$+.$)-$+-0#,-)0+'-)&$-'-4 5,'6+0$().#7$+-$8)."+-90'-$:;<;$6'=>.#7$'-$5,'?'0+-9$ #@>)&$)==#..$0'$?),A#0.$(B$='--#=0+-9$&'=)&$A-'C&#79#$ )-7$&#)7#,."+5$C+0"$9&'()&$+--'1)0+'-$)-7$.0,>=0>,#.;

Drip Irrigation

VCEP works with a community of 3,000 indigenous women and men employed in smallholder agricultural production. Close to 90% of the farmers are indigenous Q'eqchi' who have traditionally planted subsistence crops such as corn and beans. Q’eqchi farmers face a very high level of poverty and the related deprivations that economic marginalization creates. Poor nutrition is common, access to adequate health care is limited and a high percentage of families cannot support a child’s education costs Overall, the available land is fertile though the necessary market structures have not been adequately supported for farmers to reap the benefits of the land. Through VCEP, Global Fairness Initiative is targeting the interrelated barriers that contribute to the ongoing economic conditions in Alta Verapaz so farmers can thrive in competitive markets.

Technology is one of the program tools to empower indigenous workers

Affordable Thanks to GFI’s partner, technology iDE (International Development Enterprises), hundreds of farmers have now access to low-cost irrigation systems Effective irrigation

With the drip irrigation kits, a farmer only needs two buckets of water a day (25 liters each) to effectively irrigate 20m2 of land, feeding approx. 5 people with nutritious vegetables


Why Low-Cost Technology? To test community buy in of new irrigation technologies, GFI and its program partner, International Development Enterprises (iDE) hosted drip irrigation and treadle pump demonstrations in communities in Alta Verapaz for over thirty farmers. Just one-month later, over 100 farmers submitted their purchase request for a drip irrigation kit. And within 5 months, those farmers had purchased the equipment, installed it, and started seeing their crops grow. Today, they have tripled the variety of foods they harvest, not being solely dependent on rain to irrigate their land. Furthermore, the user-friendly and effective irrigation systems and corresponding trainings helped establish environmentally friendly water management in their communities. The equipment has further served as a tool to build natural community leaders who take the responsibility to train other farmers and promote crop diversification for improved nutrition.

Contact us at: Global Fairness Initiative 1800 Wyoming Ave NW Washington DC 20009 info@globalfairness.org

Empowering Women

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