Check back here regularly to find out what's going on at CEFA. The most up to date news about CEFA and the Training Center can be found on the CEFA blog. Some of the postings are listed below.
To see the most up to date news about Roy and Aleta Danforth, please check out their Danforth Days blog. There, you will find stories of a more personal nature about the Danforths and their family.
March 13, 2017
October 18, 2016
October 8, 2016
Last year, CEFA needed to connect the field crops/fruit tree area with the large animal grazing area with a bridge that a small pick-up or large truck could go over. I learned from a bridge specialist in the States, Tom Lawson from Oklahoma, that you could build a complete bridge without using cement. The materials we used were basically chain-link fence, local rocks, a truck frame, and thick lumber from our nearby sawmill. It only took two weeks to construct and it is holding out well. So, this year, after establishing almost 80 acres of a reforestation project from Watershed Foundation (New Mexico), we needed another bridge to connect that area with the field crops/fruit trees area. This one took more than twice as long to construct due to the heavy granite boulders that are prevalent in the stream. But this week, it was finished and tested with a very large truck. No longer do the trucks have to travel several miles to get to the reforestation area – now it is only a matter of a few hundred feet! This will save CEFA fuel, wear and tear on the vehicles, and time. Thank you Watershed Foundation for your partnership with CEFA!
October 3, 2016
There's a lot of work that gets done around the farm by temporary workers, like weeding, planting, roadwork, and palm oil processing. CEFA has a base, though, of employees with contracts, who keep the village visits going and maintain the background work (bookkeeping and nursery care, for example) and who run the place. They recently had a meeting getting them up to date on overall finances and to encourage them each to develop their own farms and microenterprises, ie, put in to practice what they are teaching to villagers. We are thankful for each one of these workers, for the effort invested and the resultant blessings.
September 21, 2016
A CEFA co-op's cowpea fields in the village of Nangoko became the testing ground for a new tasty, yet healthy idea for reducing malnutrition in CAR! One of the members of the Nangoko co-op, was weeding her almost mature cowpea field and she noticed how shiny and green the leaves looked and thought they would be good for cooking and eating. She asked CEFA's village supervisor, Nadege, and she said why not give them a try! So, selected leaves were picked, cooked, then pounded and served to not just malnourished kids, but also adults. And it was a huge success for all that partook - and it never been tried before in our area! Other members of the co-op are doing it and now Nangoko has a new supply of nutritious food for curing malnutrition in a very tasty way!
September 14, 2016
Whether the village is across the river or closer by, the CEFA team gets out to the co-ops. Recently palm trees were delivered to various villages, some of which are on main roads, but others required some creativity, like barerooting the trees and carrying them in a sack on the back of a motorcycle in a canoe. In each case, CEFA's village agents, like Nadege, helped the co-ops to understand how to plant and care for these trees. The oil from these palms are a promise for the future for these farmers.
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