AREA OF EXPERTISE
AREA OF EXPERTISE
In April 2005, TGH launched an integrated program in Bindizi featuring “emergency relief”, and other actions in anticipation of the population's future needs, for instance actions to restore agricultural activities.
Such agricultural projects imply that IDPs leave the camp area and are exposed to potential attacks, therefore the agricultural program operates simultaneously with actions aimed at the Arabic communities. In this way, we display a neutral stance that contributes to restoring the coexistence that was alive before the conflict. Thanks to ECHO’s support, which is central in this programme, TGH can restore land work and contribute to preserving the traditional seasonal rhythms over the next three years.
Following the success of its first agricultural campaign, with ECHO's support, TGH extended its activities to Mukjar and Um Dukhun camps and adjacent villages. At present, the sum of operations implemented by TGH and supported by ECHO benefits over 180.000 people.
While the Darfour conflict requires cautious analysis owing to its complexity and the divergence of views explaining it, one point remains central : access to natural resources. Therefore, when working with the country’s resident, displaced, nomadic or semi-nomadic populations one must carefully analyse each micro-context to avoid firing further local conflict between the people co-existing in Darfour.
Together with seed distribution, TGH has achieved livestock vaccination campaigns, construction of water points in pastures and transhumant areas and, recently, a veterinarian clinic in Bindizi. In addition, ECHO's support to TGH, has allowed us to maintain an agricultural committee over 4 years. The committee's mission is to reduce and settle, when necessary, disputes between breeders and farmers in Bindizi. Although the committee is currently threatened by its members’ divergence of political views, it should allow the communities to consensually share farming and pasture land, thus fostering peaceful coexistence and improved livelihoods.
In 2009, TGH continues its agricultural programmes to support the agricultural production level. This guarantees a satisfying level of food security and autonomy for families living in the target areas.