ENABLING SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOOD THROUGH IMPROVED NATURAL RESOURCE GOVERNANCE AND ECONOMIC DIVERSIFICATION IN KONO DISTRICT: SUPPORTED BY UNDP THROUGH SDG FUNDS
18 ACRES (80 PLOTS) IDENTIFIED AT NO 9 NEW SEMBEHUN,TANKORO CHIEFDOM. BULLDOZER MACHINE IN OPERATION
18 ACRES (80 PLOTS) IDENTIFIED AT NO 9 NEW SEMBEHUN, TANKORO CHIEFDOM. BULLDOZER MACHINE IN OPERATION
CLEARING RECLAIMED MINED OUT LAND
PROFILE OF NEWLY ESTABLISHED WOMEN GROUPS IN YARDU AND TANKORO SUPPORT BY UNDP THROUGH SDG FUNDS
Yardu village is the chiefdom headquarter town of Gbense Chiefdom, one and half kilometer from Koidu City. Since 1940 up to date, the village holds approximately 12 -15 hectares of un-reclaimed land due to unsustainable mining activities. This community has approximately 1, 500 people whose livelihoods are more of alluvial mining and subsistence farming. The scars of the war are still visible in the community. Youths are unengaged and no economic activities. Yardu Community lacks health post and post primary school education. Household income especially for women have very low with little or no access to resources or land to carry out agricultural activities. This has hindered women that desire to go into active agricultural activities or livelihoods.
Before the inception of the SDG Land rehabilitation and livelihood project, these women had little opportunity in acquiring land for sustainable agricultural activities because of unhealthy competition between mining financiers. There was no unity among women to undertake cooperative agricultural development activities. This has resulted into inability to supply the market demand even when the proximity is very close to Koidu City.
These women have no option but to also engaged in unpaid care work and at the same time vulnerable to sexual exploitation; some wash tailings (waste from the sand gravel) to earn their daily survival. Others often go to sell food at the mining sites. On several occasions, these miners persuade the women and girls with very small amounts of cash to have sex which has contributed to the increase of teenage pregnancy, abandoned marriages and school drop outs for girls. Few women engage in subsistence farming, but not being able to withstand the challenges in that sector as agriculture has not being a profitable business at small scales compounded by the lack of access to finance and control over land.
The advent of the SDG project implemented by ASJD SL has increased their hopes and aspirations by reclaiming 7 acres of land that is now used for agricultural and recreational purposes. It has gradually changed the ideology of women and youths; and local also authorities to see agriculture as sustainable alternative means of livelihood. Thus, the women have now mobilized themselves into smaller farming based organization. They have registered with the Ministry of Agriculture and local councils at district level for formal recognition. The chairlady of the group, Mrs Hawa Jabbie was very happy to cultivate their land for business and also delighted that the safety and security of their children has been restored through the reclamation of the biggest mined-out pit that was close to the community school that drowned children.