On 16th October of each year, CECOSDA teams up with the International Community to celebrate food security. This year, the population of Batschenga was priviledged.
In the context of the celebration of International Food Day, the Centre for Communications and Sustainable Development for All (CECOSDA) visited the village of NKOL EVODO (Centre Region). This visit, which is part of CECOSDA’s mission to expand its activities and increase its partnerships with community-based organization (CBO), was hosted by the Coopérative des Paysans de la Lékié (COPAL).
With the goal of sharing information on the theme of food security with rural populations, this visit had the objectives of making the concept of biological agriculture and food security more accessible and understandable by populations living at the heart of concerns for sustainable development. The overall goal was to improve access to information and the exchange of knowledge, in order to guarantee useful actions by the population in terms of sustainable development.
A certain number of activities were organized in order to reach the above mentioned goals. First, the CECOSDA team was able, through a visit to COPAL projects, to exchange with member of the CBO on processes relating to the multiplication of banana-plantain plantations. The exchanges aimed at helping the population increase their productivity in order to satisfy food needs, both locally and in urban settings.
In a second activity, during a one-hour educational session, the CECOSDA team was able to exchange with the GIC of young farmers from the region about questions of food security and the implementation of long-term agriculture practices that respect the environment. The implementation of the resolutions of this session was part of the third and last activity during the visit. As such, an operation to gather a non-ligneous forest product was organized, aiming to highlight the possibilities for diversification and enrichment of local food practices with local biological products. Also, the RicinodendronHeudolotii, commonly known as the “ndjansang”, was chosen as the product for study, given its well-known flavour and therapeutic values.
The end of the visit brought on a general feeling of satisfaction, and allowed the CECOSDA to increase the interest of the target audience in building a sustainable future through the adoption of effective agricultural practices, building a responsible ecological footprint and driving personal initiatives for the conservation of the forest heritage and its biodiversity.