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IIEEDO requires contributions from three broad support sources:

  • Community social capital that inspire and cultivate community transformation factor of concerned and participating individuals and families in the targeted rural populations, in a culmination of social solidarity and economic cooperativeness.
  • National public and private sector backing through policy and provisions for institution building and operational activities, and
  • International development agencies materials, financial and technical assistance
 IIEEDO is already actively seeking cooperation and support from Government Ministries, at national, provincial, district and local level. The offices of the provincial Minister of Northern province, District Commissioners as well as the line Government Ministries of Tourism and Natural Resources, Community Development and Social Services and Youth Sports and Child development.

 Bilateral and multilateral international development agencies are among the stake holders who are relevant to IIEEDO, and from whom assistance and cooperation is being solicited. Cooperation and assistance is needed from these stakeholders, in order to achieve IIEEDO goals and objectives, which are an integral part of the millennium Development Goals (MDG).

Activities Carried Out:
IIEEDO within a period of two (2) years is proposing to intervene using a mix of strategies as follows:

a)     Mobilise communities to make them realise the danger of some of their activities on the environment. Effective community mobilization has the  capacity to make affected communities appreciate the problem and begin to take actions on their own problems. IIEEDO proposes to use community participatory methodologies to achieve the foregoing;
b)     Promote reforestation using indigenous, exotic and fruit trees. IIEEDO has already stated, albeit on a small scale, to nurture seedlings of plants such as Mulombwa, Mupapa, Musuku and Musase, among indigenous trees and pine and fruit trees in some parts of Mpika, Chinsali, Isoka and Nakonde districts.
c)      Promote alternative livelihood coping strategies among local communities such as modern beekeeping which uses frame hives, caterpillar harvesting, crafts making, chikanda, and other activities which the local communities will suggest through IIEEDO’s facilitation. 
d)     Promote crop diversification by training communities to grow crops that do not require fertilisers, using better farming methods and high yielding seeds, such as millet, cassava, sorghum from Misamfu Research Centre. 

OUTCOME/OUTPUT:  IIEEDO has reached out to more than two thousand (2000) households in the four districts, Mpika, Chinsali, Isoka and Nakonde. These communities that are heavily dependant on the environment, they have been sensitised on issues of conserving environment, engaging them becoming agents of change within their communities.

    • Increase awareness about dangers of Chitemene system and engage six hundred and fifty (800) members in the four districts to grow the following crops: Millet (450), Cassava (250) and Sorghum (100).
    • Establish nurseries of Indigenous, exotic and fruit trees in each district.
    • Train sixty (60) women in the production of crafts using non-wood materials from the forest like the Monkey Orange shells (Tusongole). Have trained 19 (3men & 16 women) total 19 while in Isoka 28 were trained 
    • Involve eight (8) schools in the four districts to form environmental clubs that will establish fruit and exotic tree nurseries.
    • By the end of this year, engage local councils, eight (8) schools, six hundred (600) community members on a tree planting exercise, by lobbying the Department of Forestry to take the lead. The target number of trees to be planted is 4,000 in the four districts. Train two hundred (200) members of the community in the districts in bee-keeping in the first year and increase the number in two years time. Train eighty (80) women in Jatropha and Moringa growing with the intention of introducing oil extraction training programmes.
PLANNED RESULTS
 ·       Increased awareness of the need for environment conservation among local communities, leading to community members taking action to ensure the sustainable use of natural resources.
·       Improved livelihoods among local communities arising from new knowledge on coping strategies that are more reliable and economically viable compared to traditional methods.
·       Reduction in tree felling leading to increased community benefits from the environment.
·       Increased and effective participation of women and young people in community development activities.

The above result clearly demonstrates the project’s contribution to reaching more than three Millennium Development Goals. For example, the results show that there will be reduced hunger situation, there will be improved conservation and environment management and women and young people will meaningfully be involved in the development activities of the project, among other things.

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