Humanity’s Promise Int’l strives to take an effective role in working toward a solution to help resolve problems that have plagued much of Eastern Africa far too long. HPI proposes a radically different and sustainable approach to solving these perennial difficulties.
Countless billions of dollars have been spent to feed the hungry — yet hunger remains. [Spiegel online – the war on hunger]. HPI believes that the solution, to most of the social and economic ills, lays within the practical development of a strong agricultural-based economy.
In many African nations, such as South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya, many natural resources are remaining untapped. Rich fertile land is lying dormant or underutilized from a lack of modern farming equipment and inadequate agricultural learning opportunities. HPI believes that long-term meaningful change cannot occur without proper attention and financial resources being directed towards economy growing activities and the successful implementation of comprehensive agricultural-related learning opportunities. In an effort to address the core root causes, HPI will focus its attention towards the activities it believes will be the most helpful in resolving the greatest number of social and economic issues.
A sincere and meaningful heartfelt desire to change is an attribute that cannot be imposed upon another person and resistance to change is a normal human reaction. Being told what and how to think provokes a similar reaction—resistance. HPI understands and is sensitive to this reaction and does not seek to impose its vision upon the South Sudanese people. HPI has cultivated close working arrangements with the local farmers of the Obbo region. It is believed that successful change will only occur through a strong cooperative effort of the local farmers and the international humanitarian community. HPI strongly believes that the best approach to transfer understanding and knowledge is through a system that allows the “student” to observe and experience. In conjunction with local farm cooperatives HPI will be establishing a series of learning opportunities with the hope that the community will participate and learn newer farming methods.
HPI shall offer basic learning opportunities appropriate to the current level of local understanding and life experiences. HPI is in the process of developing a multi-functional facility that will offer needed employment opportunities to many of their unemployed community members. It will also provide needed work experience for students enrolled in the programs offered by HPI.
HPI has secured a 250 acre parcel of virgin grassland adjacent to the River Ayii in the Obbo region within Eastern Equitoria on which it has established an Experimental Farm and Agricultural Apprentice Centre (AAC). Clearing this 250 acres of grassland and trees is well underway. 20,000 fruit tree seedlings have been
HPI does not wish to be added to the list of humanitarian groups who continually seek funding to advance their programs and rather chooses to largely self-fund their activities by growing and marketing foods now currently purchased from neighbouring countries. HPI is seeking funding to securely establish its agricultural focused programs in South Sudan. But unlike other funding models that rely on continual support, HPI envisions a self-sufficiency after the third growing season in each of the farming areas.
Among the key objectives of the Experimental Farm is to determine the types of agricultural crops best suited for the geographical area being considered. HPI shall not introduce, nor grow, any varieties of genetically modified seed stock and is committed to the production of organically grown food products. In an effort to maximize acreage yields, various cropping methods will also be experimented with including the use of organic compost fertilizer and nontoxic, non-petroleum based pest control methods.
Another key objective of the Experimental Farm and AAC is to grow sufficient crops that will be marketedwithin South Sudan with the proceeds being used to partially offset funding that otherwise would need to be secured internationally. The growing and marketing of these crops shall provide much needed income earning and learning opportunities for the local village people as well as serving as a working business model for other South Sudanese communities. These will be small but important first steps in HPI’s 15 year plan to establish additional Agricultural Apprentice Centres and farming operations in other rural communities, and to reduce hunger and poverty wherever these efforts are welcomed in South Sudan.
The local village farmers of South Sudan live a difficult life struggling to do their best to turn the soil with the few hand tools that they may have. Normal acreage tilled and cropped is approximately 1.5 to 2 acres per family. The yield of the land is low—scarcely sufficient to feed their families—with little or no surplus to assist others in need, or perhaps to barter for a family necessity. HPI shall utilize its own farm equipment to till additional acres for each farmer who resides within an hour’s tractor drive of the HPI farm compound. Sufficient seed will be provided to each of these farmers so that they will be able to plant-out the extra tilled soil and assistance will be provided to market any surplus food.
A core strategic practice has been to gather from the west what has been deemed surplus or throw away, and to utilize these donated items within HPI operations in Africa. HPI has been successfully reaching out to farming communities in western Canada seeking donations of quality farm equipment that may no longer be of value in their farming operations and has experienced wonderful support with many donations of quality used equipment as well as requests to participate or partner with HPI to assist in the development of the agricultural industry in South Sudan.
The equipment that HPI has received – though of high quality and value – is more ideally suited to use in a supporting and auxiliary capacity. Very little of South Sudan’s lush and fertile lands have ever been tilled for farming purposes. To successfully clear the virgin lands of trees, shrub and grass will require larger equipment than what has been donated to HPI. Equipment and service is available from a John Deere dealership that has recently established a dealership in South Sudan. The cost to acquire the necessary equipment forms the bulk of the 1st year’s capital budget.
A solution to a problem, hundreds of years in the making, will not be found overnight. HPI understands this reality and is committed for the long-term, knowing that many hardships and disappointments lie ahead. We are fully committed to getting the job done — in the least expensive and most effective method possible.
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