Similar progress is occurring in Moundouwaye, where 106 women are engaged in the 2.5 hectare permaculture garden and 166 women are developing two hectares of agroforestry. The year ended with the largest harvest in the history of the village where women practising agro-ecological approaches promoted by the project have turned their arid soil into productive soil again. They are so happy with their self-sufficiency and that they have not had to go to the market to buy food for a whole season.
In Guede Chantier 215 empowered women are working in the 1.25 hectare permaculture garden, utilising natural pesticides including fish tonic, and both liquid and solid manure. Part of the plot has been suffering from soil salinisation and local techniques including mulching and saline prone plants such as peanuts and sweet potato, will be adopted in the next growing season to counteract this challenge.
In Lahel, women developing one hectare of permaculture garden are growing onions, cabbages, tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, turnips, beetroot, chillies, eggplants and mint, while men have helped to fence the agroforestry plots, waiting for the irrigation system to be installed to start the plantations.