Re: [holistichelping] Re: [socialagriculture] Soybean reports from Samwel's team!
- Hii Samwel and the group.Congratulations on the food story I'm happy to learn about the existence of soya in Mbita. As an extension worker with the ministry of Agriculture this is one crop that we have tried to itroduce to farmers in western Kenya with alot of dificulty even though I wuold say there is a little improvement especially with value addition but still alot need to be done. Please keep on keeping on I'm also with you in the fight against hunger.Benter
Jeff Buderer <jeff@...> wrote:
Its a great work with the exception of a few grammerical errors (which I
still myself struggle with by the way). Your work is a model for all of us.
>Thank you for your reports - and your fast work!
>I share below the fifth one, which I find must profound, because it is your
>on-the-ground original research by you and your team.
>The third one was empty. The first one seemed to use information copied and
>assembled from various sources in the Internet. In that case we have a
>problem... in the West it is better I think to give the links and let people
>read the material, however, in Kenya people do not have such good access, so
>we will need to think what is best.
>I share your fifth report and your letters for now.
>Samwel, please thank your team for us! and I'm glad for your trip to
>Long before it came to Africa; it was one of the scared grains and getting
>such a crop with many uses & benefits to humanity, it can transform many
>families and countries. Soya Bean is in demand world wide and I will
>concentrate locally here where people also demand it for their health.
>Among many leguminous crops Soya bean fetches high prices due to its out
>spoken importance to human health improvement. Talking to Joyce Auma Osongo
>of Mbita market where we sell Soya bean in Small quantities, the true story
>of Soya bean as a crop comes real with one days demand and reasons why its
>selling much locally than other leguminous seeds. It is food as well as life
>The farmers around the lake shore does not grow much of Soya bean, most of
>the seeds of Soya sold here are collected from other further markets and
>stored here and sold on retail. The Suba District farmers grow Soya as a
>subsistence crop but the government is always helping people with technology
>skills for most of the agricultural issues to help them expand the production
>requirements and to satisfy the increasing demand.
>Anyway, the traders in Mbita including me says, that if we could have more
>stock of Soya beans continuously throughout the year the sale can go up. The
>current production is low and this is the reason for limited stock. Typically
>storage is done in smaller stores like the ones here below showing the
>already stored Soya beans waiting to be sold to consumers in Mbita Market. We
>dont sell to established commercial businesses but to the final consumers.
>Although we are committed as traders to make the people here understand and
>utilize the impotence of Soya beans and having Information technology element
>to help spread the connection and information, we have to get connected with
>updated information of markets nationally and globally.
>We must have a means where we are informed of current rates in other markets
>and this can be done through information sharing to farmers or the retail
>traders. With internet connections available to Soya Bean consumers also, we
>are going to identify the existing markets for consumers and farmers who need
>seed for planting.
>In Kenya and many tropical countries, national development strategies are
>being reoriented toward increasing and diversifying food production and
>consumption, in order to alleviate hunger and malnutrition. As essential
>first stage in this endeavor is the promotion of indigenous foods, by
>encouraging their production and their effective utilization.
>Development activities in many developing countries are radically changing
>the pattern of rural life through technology and information transfer. With
>the improvements in communication and education, rural cultivators have
>become more mobile and more ambitious. They have moved to towns and entered
>the market economy as cash crop producers.
>Broadening the food base with traditional food plants therefore will inquire
>an integrated programme of investment, research and extension, combined with
>improved facilities for processing, marketing and distributing the products.
>Promotion of effective food utilization requires an understanding of the
>complex sequence of interrelated events from the moment a crop is harvested
>until it is consumed; this sequence is summarized as post-harvest food
>handling. The food handling sequence depends on the commodity; normally it
>includes primary and secondary processing, storage and marketing, followed by
>household preparation and consumption. In countries like Kenya, many such
>activities take place at the community or small-scale commercial levels,
>using traditional methods and techniques empirically developed through that
>Where possible in this compendium, the principles underlying traditional
>processing and preservation techniques have been delineated, but the most
>traditional techniques have evolved over time and have never been formally
>recorded or standardized. Here indeed, is a rich field for scientific
>investigation and development, and technological transfer between
>communities, to guide and support formal endeavors to improve community
>nutrition and commercial gains.
>The introduction of new foods into the community is fraught with
>difficulties. Familiar foods are deeply cherished and create a feeling of
>unity and security. A food staple that is regularly eaten in large quantities
>is often identified with food itself, and any changes in its precise
>characteristics of appearance, flavour or texture may be strongly resisted.
>Although Soya bean is produced in a number of tropical countries, especially
>In Brazil, its local utilization as food is dependent on the of an
>appropriate traditional processing technique, such as micro-bial
>fermentation, and the local acceptance of the textures and flavours of
>fermented bean products. In the absence of these, in most regions of the
>tropics Soya beans have bean regarded as cash crop, cultivated for oil
>extraction and animal feed or, in most cases, sold to industrialized
>countries for processing.
>The team below made this Food story possible and was coordinated by Samwel
>Kongere samkongere2004@... Onset.
>Bernard Midianga Okello- Herbalist Rusinga Island Mbita
>Hezra Omwoma Omwoma- Farmer Rusinga Island Mbita kawadevelopment@...
>Francis Opiyo Opiyo-Network Member Mbita opiyo79@...
>Kennedy Ojengo, helped in Pictures- Youth Volunteer Rusinga Island
>Jared Apache- Youth initiative Rusinga Island
>Kennedy Odhiambo Oraya-Udogo group member- kenoraya@...
>Kawala Women development Group- Rusinga Island
>Josephine Adhiambo Miruka-Out of school lady, Rusinga Island
>Jane Oguta- Ministry of Agriculture Suba District, Mbita
>Udogo youth development group members skongere@...
>Joice Auma Osongo-Food trader Mbita Market
>Lillian Anyango Okech- Cereals dealer Mbita market.
>I have tried sending these attachements yesterday but wasn't well due t our
>Internet service here.I am hoping to send the last attachement part four for
>you and you can go on to create comments before posting it anyway.
>It was a short time but send in your comments....and the issue of sending
>money let's discuss this later I am preparing to go Tanzania and hope to tell
>William and his group how Ms lab works.
>Pleasure to send you this last bit of the Soya bean as a crop report.
>I will be very much committed and going out for a social duty from 3rd Nov to
>11th Nov,when I'll prepare to leave on 19th for Tanzania.
>We will distribute the money to my team members,yes! but when i am from
>Tanzania. Some will receive the amount as we planned and Francis Opiyo will
>report back to you. You will send the amount in total to me in my account and
>distribute it amongst the the members in a get together meenting that will be
>in dec first week.
>Wait to get all the requirements of the bank account and I will let you know
>the next move.
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