Jaruwan (Ning) Enright, MAP-Asia
I as a MAP-Thailand’s Field Project Manager was selected to attend a three days event called the “Livelihood Network Camp 2012 (2nd Edition) 8-10th October 2012: “learning by doing” at Araku, Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India. There were 140 participants which came from from 21 countries and 65 organizations, including private companies and NGOs. I was the only participant from Thailand.
The objective of the Livelihood Network Camp was to share experience and knowledge and explore innovative solutions and know-how in order to support efficiency and sustainability for the implementing projects in the Araku valley of Naandi Foundation and in other parts of the world.
|Photo 1 Ning in the middle of the Livelihood Camp participants.|
The camp was help in the Araku valley, where the tribal people are now growing fair-trade organic coffee supported by Naandi Foundation, a local Indian NGO which is playing an important role helping the farmers with training in sustainable agricultural practices, setting up a state-of-art coffee processing unit and formation of a Small and Marginal Tribal Farmers Mutually Aided Co-operative Society (SAMTFMACS) with a connection to the international market. There were 6 sub-workshops during the camp.
I participated of the group work on “Fruit for the hard work” to discuss about “Access to Markets” which is part of a carbon credit project. After the full day field visit to a very beautiful tribal village where they grow organic mangoes and coffee our group tired to evaluate the most appropriate value chain from local markets to global markets, identifying and creating added value and product
differentiation for the communities involved. Our task was to provide recommendations to Naandi Foundation on how they could adjust from a pilot action to large-scale implementation.
The project being implemented at Araku is one of the projects supported by Livelihoods, an organization based in Paris supported by donors in France as well as a well as the worldwide dairy product company, Danone . There are 3 programs including Livelihoods Fund, Livelihoods Venture and Livelihoods Network. Under the Livelihood Fund programme there are three mangrove restoration projects funded in different regions of the world. They are being implemented by Nature Environment & Wildlife Society (NEWS) in the Sunderbans-India, Casamance in Senegal and Yagasu in Indonesia. I had the opportunity to present a poster on MAP’s work and shared the Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) approach with the other NGOs representatives who are working on mangrove restoration mentioned above.
|Photo 3: Ning’s poster presentation session regarding MAP’s Ecological Mangrove Restoration (EMR) and Livelihoods activities in Thailand.|