On September 23rd 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
For the occasion the Dutch government posted a blog about our ‘food system’ in Burundi. The term “food system” refers to the constellation of activities involved in producing, processing, transporting and consuming food. Food systems touch every aspect of human existence. The health of our food systems profoundly affects the health of our bodies, as well as the health of our environment, our economies and our cultures. When they function well, food systems have the power to bring us together as families, communities and nations. The UMVA platform supporting the livehoods of smallholder farmers in the G50 groups is doing just that! Read more at: https://g4aw.spaceoffice.nl/en/news/174/a-food-systems-approach-connects-2.3-million-people-in-burundi.html
Throughout next week we will publish ‘success stories of individual farmers’ too illustrate our impact. These publications can be followed at our twitter channel: Https://twitter.com/auxfinb
AUXFIN and CABI proudly kicked of their collaboration in Burundi. AUXFIN is re-enforcing the pest and disease information in the AgriCoach based on the information and pictures in the PlantWise knowledge bank. Agronomists of AUXFIN are joining the plant doctor trainings on integrated pest management and make pictures and movies to add to the AgriCoach.
‘For AUXFIN the PlantWise knowledge bank is a great international resource to have access to the latest scientific insights on how smallholder farmer can best treat pest and diseases. Meanwhile AUXFIN helps CABI to add the Kirundi language to their database’
dr.ir. André Jellema
‘During the workshop on integrated pest management I learned about different methods of control (biological, cultural and chemical) for a sustainable agricultural production. The workshop emphasized the inconvenience of using pesticides in the fight against diseases and pests and their potential impact of destroying’
Desiré NIYOMWUNGERE MSc
Whereas AgriCoach is meant to be used and applied by the small holder farmers directly in the field, the plant doctors and the clinics will be consulted when the situation in the field is not clear to them. AUXFIN will help CABI to communicate the date when plant clinics are held and guide the farmers in their network towards the plant doctors to solve their problems.
‘AUXFIN’s direct communication to their G50 network of 400.000 connected farm households will be a great support to get our plant clinics where our area of operation overlaps’
Willes Ochillo MSc
‘AUXFIN is helping CABI to get a soft landing in Burundi. We have invited AUXFIN to our project steering committee’
dr. Peter Karanja
For more detai please click this link https://blog.plantwise.org/2021/08/31/auxfin-and-cabi-helping-farmers-increase-their-yields-through-plantwise-project-in-burundi
AgriCoach is the digital application in the UMVA system for farmers which help in solving when, what and how to achieve best agricultural solutions. Farmers are able to select best suited crops for their fields per season and plot type on the basis of the current weather condition for their location.
- AgriCoach V1a successfully launched in Burundi on the UMVA tablet.
- 3.300 farmers/households are using the weatherforecast to better plan their agricultural activities
- Smart farming geodata platform implemented into the UMVA system
- REGISTRATION APP launched for on line and off line use
- MAPPING APP launched for on line mapping
- GIZ awards grant to AUXFIN and partners for IDDEA project in UGANDA
- UMVA PAYMENT APP and POS APP used for rainmetering in Burundi
- JEANNE tool for communication and chatbot used for M&E
- Scoping mission Sudan
- start potato supply chain Kenya
- Waterwatch included
- NSO awards grant to AUXFIN and partners for GAP4A project in Burundi
- UMVA and PosteCash Senegal announce interoperability
- AUXFIN and UMVA present at IFAD marketplace in UN headquarters in New York.
- Launch of UMVA in Mali with support from Mastercard Foundation's Fund for Rural Prosperity
- Connecting UMVA solutions with GEO DATA
- UMVA PAYMENT APP and POS APP
- JEANNE tool for communication and chatbot, with incident reporting
- AfDB commissioned market study for the introduction of UMVA in Mali, Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso
- Introduction of UMVA in Italy with support from IOM
- Scoping mission in Lebanon to enable Cash Assistance with UMVA
- Burundi growing to 170.000 families (1 million people)
- POSTE-CASH with UMVA link with 3000 access points in Senegal
- UMVA COOP fase 1 implemented
- GEO developed
- SALPOST introduces POSTUMVA in Sierra Leone on 16th of June, the international day of family remittances
- UMVA projects in Burundi reach 30.000 families
- CAP solution introduced, with 6 pillars
- UMVA AGENT introduced
- AfDB provides a grant to our partner in Senegal to leverage the UMVA service towards financial inclusion
- Study to use UMVA in refugee camps in Kurdistan
- Introduction of community activation in Burundi
- Rabobank funds our partner in Senegal to introduce the UMVA service across its branch network
- Introduction of UMVA in Belgium and the Netherlands
- Creation of AUXFIN Burundi
- First implementation for payment process on the PSEB fertilizer project
- Introduction of UMVA in France
- Development of UMVA LOAN solution
- School registration system installed in Nepal
- Introduction of UMVA in Spain
- UMVA Bank developed with focus on SACCO’s
- Birth of AUXFIN International to boost the implementation of the UMVA solutions
- Launch of UMVA pilot in Senegal with support from IFAD
- UMVA Client developed with focus on international transfers
Our Monitoring & Evaluation team published a report that describes the status and impact of AUXFIN services in the G50 in Gitega, Kayanza and Karusi up to May 2021. As of now, AUXFIN counts 4,326 G50s in those three provinces with 264,813 registered members. It is a detailed report that defines the G50s based on AUXFIN’s pillars: Social, Financial, Work & Income and Health. It explains how AUXFIN combines a platform of digital services with social structures and a local support network.
To know more about the report click this
Astérie Nahimana is a woman who leads the G50 in Ntita GR1, in Makebuko-Gitega. She is a widow who raised her 5 kids all by herself with courage and determination. Besides being a Group leader in G50, she also leads several other VLSAs from two organizations in her community. She combines leading those groups with being the one and only veterinary of her community. She is a trustworthy woman, who serves as a role model for younger women.
Ever since she joined the G50 network in 2017 and started learning new agricultural practices through AgriCoach, she managed to grow good yields in her fields. With the money she gets from her veterinary activities and the sale of some of her yields, she was able to send all of her kids at school until they finished their studies and she can supply as well to other households needs.
Astérie has also been able to buy plots of lands in which she uses AgriCoach methods and continue to enjoy good yields.
Being both a G50 group leader and a VSLAs leader, a farmer and veterinary all at the same time, Astérie Nahimana proves very well that rural women are superheroes in the community and can achieve so much with the right dose of willpower and the right information. She is an example in her locality because she did not dwell on her sorrow of being a widow and start begging in the streets. She worked hard to ensure all her kids get education and never lack anything all of that through her sweat. We salute such heroines!