Train a farmer $28
Know someone with a green thumb? Or even someone who is such a bad gardener they could kill a cactus? Well this gift of farming training is perfect for both of them. It will be helping someone in East Timor gain the skills needed to harvest a sustainable crop that will provide for their families and help them earn an income.
Currently in East Timor, many farmers struggle to harvest enough crops to feed their family and make a living. They feel forced to engage in “slash and burn” farming practices, which involves clearing a piece of land with fire, farming a crop for one season and then moving on to farm another piece of land. This not only makes life very difficult for them, it harms the environment.
Oxfam is helping farmers change these practices by providing access to seeds, credit to purchase equipment and training. Training covers sustainable farming methods including terracing, living fences, water collection, mulching and composting. Training is based on soil and water conservation techniques that use permanent farm plots, helping steer farmers away from environmentally-damaging practices.
“They supported us to grow vegetables. We grow vegetables to eat and some we sell to the market”. – Elsa Barros De Costa, Suco, Lepo, East Timor.