Building the local capacity for the manufacturing of agricultural tools In North Darfur
A few months ago, ICRC approached ITDGPractical Action to request its support in providing 60,000 assorted pieces of tools for local farmers. ITDGPractical Action organized over 60 blacksmiths in El Fashir market. Most of them were initially trained by ITDGPractical Action, but they had fled their villages during the conflict. They manage to successfully complete the task with only a slight delay in the agreed time. The blacksmiths were very happy to have won that contract and meet the challenge of achieving this task. The impact achieved can be summarized as follows:-
Each individual got an income of SD 360,000 (approximately US$ 1400).
Five of the young blacksmiths got married immediately after they completed the job and received their final payment.
All of those who had not completed the payment of government fees for their workshop training have managed to do so, and now they have all acquired work space of 9m² at El Fashir market.
This income provided good capital for them to buy all the necessary equipment and raw materials to be prepared for the next rainy season.
It is recommended that those who want to provide tools to farmers, should first sit with farmers and with local blacksmiths to ensure that there is full understanding of the user requirements.
Further reading: Blacksmiths forge new skills
This article appeared in issue ten of Sharing, ITDGPractical Action Sudan's newsletter, which looks at how ITDGPractical Action is working to achieve its aims of reducing vulnerability and making markets work for the poor.