FIELD REPORT – P4P- Faida MaLi Mission to Hai, Manyara and Arusha Districts
Dates: June 19th-28th, 2012
Willbroad Karugaba, P4P Senior Programme Assistant
Masasa Makwassa, Faida MaLi – Arusha
WA Dawson, P4P Field Monitor – Arusha
Abel Peter, WFP Driver, Arusha
To Review the history, goals, and future direction of P4P
To Introduce Faida MaLi to Producers and to the Regional Districts
To Explain and Sign Forward Contracts
To Obtain a four year profile of each SACCOS (2009-2012)
To communicate well ahead of time the agenda and date of the next Grower-Regional District workshop
Activities & Observations:
Day long meetings were held with each of the SACCOs and their Regional District Representatives. Willbroad Karugaba and Masasa Makwassa each gave 35 – 40 minute presentations which were followed by an unhurried, thorough question, answer, and discussion period. Everyone had ample opportunity to explore the issues presented. Much debate centred on SACCOS vs. Amcos. There was an average of 30 participants at each meeting with Willbroad and Masasa fielding an average of 22 questions. The discussion periods averaged one hour and twenty minutes each though this is slightly skewed as one District Council had to cut their meeting short because of another engagement.
After lunch, the Regional Representatives left the meeting and WIllbroad explained the Forward Contracts, fielding all questions prior to the formal signing. All P4P SACCOS in Manyara and Arusha Districts, apart from Meqbami SACCOS, which is not being offered a contract at this time, signed. As the harvest is later in Hai District, both Kwares and Jitegmee SACCOS will have the same opportunity at a later date.
Masasa distributed the forms and explained the need for accurate SACCOS Profiles to improve communications. He also remunerated all participants and indicated the schedule and agenda of his next engagement with each SACCOS. His plan is to work closely with the districts during a day of training and then to have these representatives inform and instruct their growers during a further two day workshop. The principle focus will be on AMCOS, the formal set up and subsequent management.
In between each meeting Willbroad and Masasa wrote their reports on each day’s events.
Communication is difficult with SACCOS far from the Country Office and the Arusha sub-office and with only two of the SACCOS with Internet access from their office computers, it is necessary to have such productive field visits on a regular basis. It was particularly astute and necessary to bring the SACCOS and their Regional Representatives together in one room to listen to each other and to plan for future collaboration.
I was particularly impressed with how democratic the meetings were, how much respectful listening went on and how many women and men contributed their voices.