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AI Ba Futuru project cooperates with Prison Gleno to equip the inmates with valuable skills

AI Ba Futuru project cooperates with Prison Gleno to equip the inmates with valuable skills

Sandalwoods plants(Image/GIZ-AI ba Futuru Project)

DILI, 08 february 2022 (TATOLI)- Ai Ba Futuru or Partnership for Sustainable Agroforestry (PSAF) cooperated with Prison Gleno to equip the inmates and boost income and nutrition for rural communities.

A note from PSAF project said the cooperation aims to equip the inmates with valuable skills for life in rural areas and with that supports their economic and social re-integration as well after their return to their communities.

Many of the inmates in Gleno are originally from rural communities, including from PSAF target municipalities in the east of Timor-Leste.

Agro-forestry is a viable rural livelihood that can boost income and nutrition while conserving biodiversity and preparing the land for the impacts of climate change.

Through the cooperation, an agro-forestry demonstration plot with living fences will be established together with the inmates on a 2 hectares land behind the facility.

There are various fruits planted as guava, mango, and avocado and among others.

At the same time, the work in the field will provide the inmates with a change-of-scenery and may be beneficial for the inmates’ mental health during their sentence.

Additionally, inmates will be trained in sustainable agro-forestry practices and vegetable production as well as in economic skills such as profit analysis and entrepreneurship.

Ai ba Futuru also supported the repair of the existing water pump to have a sustainable irrigation system in the future.

To launch the cooperation, Ai baFuturu and the prison have together organized a launch event that also included an educational tour through the developing demonstration.

The end, invited guests from the Ministries of Agriculture and of Justice as well as local authorities contributed to the demonstration plot by planting fruit and timber trees.

This project is co-financed by the European Union and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and implemented by GIZ, has officially launched the cooperation with the prison in Gleno.

“With the consent by EU Delegation, Ministry Economic Cooperation and Development and especially Ministry of Justice and Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, the Director of Gleno prison and Ai baFuturu could realize this cooperation.

Hopefully with this cooperation can establish and train the inmates in sustainable agroforestry practices as well as in economic skills to prepare themselves as entrepreneurs when they return to their community.” Said Rainer Schellhaas

It is known that, Ai baFuturu Project is implemented in the four eastern municipalities of Timor-Leste (Baucau, Lautem, Manatuto and Viqueque), targeting 4,000 marginalised households in 40 selected Sucos. Thus, It will increase the area under agroforestry in Timor-Leste by 6,000 ha, planting a total of three million trees. Targeted participants benefit from increases in production, better employment opportunities and improved market access, thus generating higher income.

Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Rafy Belo

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