We foster improved food processing practices in the community, starting from O Viveiro centre for underprivileged girls. We train the community to improve the productivity of the soil via organic fertilizers and to process the crop, such as tomato, peanuts and sunflowers. We promote the respect of hygienic standards to preserve the products and the nutritional potential of each raw produce to guarantee resource sustainability. The products are locally traded and economically valued by a cooperative directly managed by members of the community. We trained them and their families to start producing pawpaw jam, peanuts cream, tomato sauce, sunflower oil and peanut oil. We taught 25 young girls to organise and manage the production and sale of agricultural products. We also support 86 children whose families joined the training program. In addition, we are engaging with primary and secondary schools in the district to expand our reach.
O Viveiro ONLUS - ItalyLead applicant
O Viveiro ONLUS is a non-profit organization based in Italy since 2006, aiming at supporting the development of disadvantaged teenagers and youth. O Viveiro develops international projects to enhance bottom-up community development, favoring the personal and professional development of girls through education and vocational training. In the community where it operates, O Viveiro co-creates holistic solutions to foster local development by enhancing food security, health, education and entrepreneurship. Our international network afford us the opportunity to engage diverse partners and stakeholders, contirbuting to our project providing know-how, technology, finances, volunteers.
Holy Infancy Pontificial Mission - ItalyInitiative partner
Solidarity, support, sharing, development of children according to the teaching of Jesus Christ
The Nando Peretti Foundation - ItalyInitiative partner
The Nando Peretti Foundation provides grants to projects which fall into one of the following areas: Charity, Educational, Environmental conservation, Medical research, Construction, Cultural/Artistic. The categories "Campaigns" and "Historical Partners" include projects which are grouped according to various criteria.
Harambee Africa International Onlus - ItalyInitiative partner
We develop, deliver and support developmental project in Africa, focusing on education and health. We engage volunteers and raise awareness on pressing needs of the African continent through communication campaigns, report and an active blog.
"Città di Orvieto" Study Centre Foundation - ItalyInitiative partner
Agency for Executive Education
Bracco srl - ItalyInitiative partner
Private SMEs based in the north of Italy and already exporting their machinery to client worldwide. Focused on the production and mantainance of machinery and industrial plants processing edible oils.
Service for charity intervention to Developing Countries of Italian Bishop Confederation - Vatican CityInitiative partner
This entity delivers on the mandate received by the Italian Bishop Confederation of the Catholic Church to allocate funding to project in developing Countries
O Viveiro Tete - MozambiqueInitiative partner
O Viveiro Tete is the Mozambiquan non-profit organization running the activities around O VIveiro Centre for girls in Chitima, Mozambique. Since 2009, the Centre offers care and education to orphans and disadvantaged children and teenager girls from Cahora Bassa district, in Tete Province, north of Mozambique. Since its inception, O Viveiro Tete partners with the Italian not-for-profit O Viveiro Onlus based in Rome and other international organizations. The development of the Centre involves the entire community of Chitima and the neighbouring villages, attracting youth from disadvantaged communities. In the Centre they find learning opportunities in vocational training areas as well as a chance to engage in group and sport activities in a safe and protected environment. Through O Viveiro Centre, the NGO organizes capacity building training addressing issues of food security, food production and food processing for the community. The NGO facilitated the creation of a local cooperative to trade the produce of all the activities and foster the creation of micro-enterprises.
WE ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND FOOD SECURITY BY TRAINING THE COMMUNITY TO FOSTER THE APPLICATION OF A COLLABORATIVE, TECHNOLOGY-ENABLED APPROACH TO FOOD PROCESSING.
We focus on high-potential, technology-enabled innovation, driving social change. First, we analysed the ground, with the support of a certified laboratory in Italy, to identify the most appropriate area to grow sunflower seeds. Then we introduced agro-food machinery to process the extraction of oil, to produce edible oils; the waste is recycled into highly nutrient food for poultry. Due to this, the eating habits of the girls of our centre changed, enabling the change to spread to the whole community of the village. The collaborative approach and the knowledge learnt through experience are important components of our innovation. The imported machinery and the previously selected field allow for a scale of production that suits the needs of the community for consumption and trading. Men and women equally contribute to this process, though with different roles, fostering social cohesion and development.
The harvest of sunflowers and peanuts was abandoned in this area due to the lack of mechanical machinery for processing the seeds. However, sunflower is a highly adaptable crop, ideal to growth in the dried environment of Chitima and the District of Cahora Bassa, made worse due to the dam and intensive deforestation. Sunflower proved to be more productive than mais, and peanuts grow extensively in Mozambique, but the government never invested on peanuts processing, hence repressing entrepreneurial attempts.
The growing influence of Chinese products on the local market is affecting purchasing and eating habits of rural communities. Currently, the population utilizes a great amount of so called “vegetable” oil, which is used for deep fry cooking or used at its jelly status. The food results impoverished and unhealthy, causing people stomach problems, headache and diarrea, which can lead to deadly consequences
The introduction of crop and food processing practices in the centre contributed to build capacity and transfer knowledge to the community. Our girls, the families and workers involved learned by doing, acquiring of the best practices for efficient production, preservation and processing agricultural products. We empower women, enhancing their entrepreneurial spirit: they can now sell the oil to the market and earn a mark-up. They now have the opportunity to attend training on microeconomics, management, accounting and the use of Microsoft Office software. Besides sunflowers, new vegetables were reintroduced to ensure the rotation of crops to keep the soil fertile and productive. From the vegetables produced we make tomato sauce, pawpaw jam, sunflower and peanut oil and other productions for the self-consumption of the centre, including baobab juice, peanuts butter (highly nutrient for early childhood nutrition)and fresh vegetable soups.
We focused our intervention on the vulnerable groups of the community. Our first direct beneficiaries were the 20 girls hosted in our centre (12-17 years) and the other two girls we supported to attend University in Tete. We encourage them to spread their knowledge to their families, living in the surrounding communities, and we provide them with micro-finances to support their families, starting a similar process in their own village. Through our training we equipped 12 workers of OViveiro Centre (17-35 years old) to become trainers in turn and spread their knoweldge to more members of the community. This mechanism allowed for the project to positively impact 15 families of six members each, on average, in Boroma area. With our educational and sport activities we engaged 150 children of the community (4-17 years) attending O Viveiro centre 3 afternoons a week. Thanks to the production of the Centre, they are given afternoon snacks, which may be their richest meal of the day.
The project involves individuals with different backgrounds and origins. The Mozambican directors of O Viveiro Tete, Lúcia and Tomé, given their extensive experience in teaching and education, are responsible for the education of the youth, Rivaldo Cheva, director of pre and post-production, overlooks the whole process and coordinates the workers of the community. He is responsible for the machine oil, having attended an intensive training, in Italy by Bracco engineers. The project is coordinated by Emanuela Bonavolta, member of O Viveiro Onlus board. She has a background in architecture and a passion for project management. We capitalised on the valuable support of local workers and consultants. We focus on the young girls hosted in the centre, to inspire them, train them and support their development, allowing them to acquire practical skills and theoretical knowledge on food processing. This is a key area important to the development of the community.
We built a water pump and an irrigation system for our crops, to support their growth despite the dry weather conditions. The lack of public transport forces workers (men and women) to move on small,,badly maintained private minibuses travelling without schedule, preventing the community to access larger markets. Due to this problem, we started fundraising for a van which will be used for the distribution of our products on a regional scale. Low-quality, medium-cost imported products available in local shops, are considered substitutes to fresh natural products. Changing this perception required us to educate the community on the nutritional values of products. The civil war was one of the causes of a strong knowledge gap affecting intergenerational transfer of know-how, that schooling alone does not fill. To facilitate fundraising and gain legitimacy we registered “O Viveiro Tete”, lead by local experienced, accountable and reliable educators and project managers from the community.
The animal farm of the centre provides the organic fertilizer required to increase productivity of the soil for our crops, respecting the natural equilibrium. Given the nature of the farm, and the lack of alternative sources of income, we declined the option of utilizing a tractor; rather we invested in training the local families to farm their own small piece of land. To foster soil productivity, we focus on educating the community on “crop rotation” techniques, broaden the diversity of products that can be growth. We already start growing legumes (beans and peas) and fruits, while continuing to have chickens for eggs and goats for milk. Finally, since cereals grow on our land and all around it, we activated a mechanical mill that offers the community access to flour, to bake bread and to prepare other local dishes.
Our project aimed at replicability since the beginning, targeting the entire Tete Province. Therefore, we focused on transferring knowledge and experiences: they can be transferred but cannot be stolen. If the community needs to relocate on different lands, losing everything they built their life on, knowledge and experience would be their weapon to replicate and to build a sustainable future. Furthermore, we built capacity by providing technology to process the product and by enhancing best practices for food post-production technique, with the support of professionals and of an Italian agriculture research centre. We leveraged our institutional position to strengthen our relationship with the Catholic Dioceses of Tete and its network of missions, which allowed us to engage with local communities to create endogenous development. To do this, we engage with community leaders and we align our programs with their requests, resulting in win-win relations.
Communication strategy highlights the results and the impact achieved by O Viveiro projects in terms of food security, health and creating enterprises in the community. Our goal is to share and spread information over results with a low-cost campaign, targeting our numerous stakeholders, such as institutions, private sponsors, donors and volunteers. We aim at engaging more stakeholders who can support, and eventually finance, our projects, particularly those focused on primary needs as food security, food processing, health and education. Therefore, we capitalize on the web for a holistic collection of all our projects, approaching our audience with targeted campaigns. We have an international website (Madeinoviveiro.com) that serves also as an e-commerce platform, an Italian blog (oviveiro.org) collecting institutional communication and news, and social media channels on Youtube and Facebook. We are now focusing on creating institutional events and offline marketing material.