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Green House (GH), Orientale

Non-profit

Location

Bunia, Ituri, Orientale Province
Ituri District and northern half of North Kivu

Sectors of Intervention

agricultural development

History

Founded in 2005, Green House works to increase the annual income of farmers and pastoralists through education and start-up resources. Green House works with local farming associations to provide training and materials for: -Agro-forestry systems to foster increased productivity and ecological benefits. -Strategies such as intercropping to combat soil erosion and increase crop diversification. -Small-scale permaculture for home gardens. -Seed vulgarization. -Proper animal care. -Start up seeds.

Green House Founder Dhena Bassara has been an agronomist in the DRC for more than 20 years, with experience in both small-scale and industrial agriculture. He has developed fields and nurseries throughout Orientale and North Kivu provinces and worked on a large-scale cattle-raising operation in Lubumbashi. Dhena has also spent time in Goma working with communities to grow vegetable gardens on lava rock.

Mission

Green House aims to rebuild small- and large-scale agriculture production after the war in eastern Congo in order to increase the economic capacity of peasant farmers and lower the price of processed food by creating locally produced goods. Green House assists farming and animal husbandry associations with seeds, tools, training, and transport to market.

Objectives

Green House works with local farming associations to provide training and materials for: -Agro-forestry systems to foster increased productivity and ecological benefits. -Strategies such as intercropping to combat soil erosion and increase crop diversification. -Small-scale permaculture for home gardens. -Seed vulgarization. -Proper animal care. -Start up seeds.

Populations Served

´╗┐´╗┐Green House works in Ituri and North Kivu primarily with low-income agrairian populations who must reinvest in their fields after the destruction during the war. The organization also operates a seed bank, nursery, and demonstration field, and offers agricultural products for purchase by the local community.

Programs

Train low-income farmers to increase the quantity of their production, with a specific emphasis on cacao to meet the market demand of high quality cacao, increasing their annual income.

Accomplishments

- Over 1,500 smallholder farmers have been trained on cocoa agronomy: Green House trained local agricultural associations in improved cocoa agronomy and developed farmer associations of approximately 1000 members.


- 450 farmers have been trained in new fermentation and drying methods to improve quality of cocoa beans: Green House has constructed three fermentation centers and conducted trainings on the construction of small fermentation centers using local materials. Well-fermetned beans consistently command higher prices than un-fermented or poorly fermented beans.

- Market Development: The cooperatives have begun to receive business training so that they can take full ownership and have the ability to completely operate their business. This includes accounting training, strategic planning, and marketing. As farmers are united in a cooperative, they also have the power to negotiate higher prices, ensuring fair returns. Theo Chocolate (based in US) has committed to purchase all the quality-approved cocoa Green House associations can produce at an above-market price. The cocoa will be used to create chocolates denoting IMO/Fair Trade certification. Theo Chocolate bought a 40-ton container of cocoa from Green House cooperatives in early 2012. The company has also shifted their entire vanilla purchasing to DRC.

Success Story

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Contact

Dhena Bassara, Director +243 9977 21154

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