Thanks to mild temperatures, access to abundant water, and the hard work of members of village agricultural cooperatives, the gardens in all of CREATE!’s partner communities are thriving!
Each day, cooperative members gather at their garden site to transplant seedlings, water growing crops, and harvest vegetables that are ready to eat. Additionally, CREATE! field technicians lead weekly training sessions in advanced agricultural activities.
Although the work is hard, women are still happy to be part of CREATE!’s agricultural cooperatives. Anta Sow of Fass Kane says, “The community is lucky to have CREATE! Rather than buying expensive vegetables, we can now gather our own vegetables in the garden site. Sometimes, we harvest vegetables and sell them in local markets to meet our needs.”
In all of the cooperative gardens, harvests are abundant. In January, cooperative members harvested and sold peppers, lettuce, tomatoes, okra, eggplants, turnips, tomatoes, mint, and parsley. In Darou Diadji, cooperative members harvested over 1,500 pounds of eggplant!
With training and careful management of water resources, these agricultural cooperatives will ensure that their gardens continue to produce an abundant harvest throughout the year!