Kivu, 30 January, 2022 / 7:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Church leadership in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has, through its development and humanitarian arm, Caritas Congo ASBL, reached out to hundreds of farmers in South Kivu with farming techniques aimed at improving yields.
In a Thursday, January 27 report, officials of Caritas Congo say the initiative falls within the framework of the Support to Forest Dependent Communities in DRC/PACDF project.
The project seeks to improve the forest ecosystem through the planting of trees, food crops and the production and marketing of honey in seventeen villages in the Kalonge Group, Kalehe Territory in South Kivu.
“The objective of this initiative is to strengthen the capacities of 260 farming households of IPs (Indigenous People) and COLOs (Local Communities) on good farming techniques to increase the agricultural production of potatoes, beans, groundnuts and onions in the territory of Kalehe,” Caritas Congo officials say in the report.
In the first phase of this project, Caritas Congo leadership says, “Several results were achieved, including the planting of trees, the production and cultivation of peanuts, potatoes, beans and onions, and the production of honey.”