The Nyadire Connection maintains many ongoing programs, focused on Health, Orphans, and Education and Relationships:
Program leader: Scott Sanford
The Nyadire Mission had a working farm prior to 2000, with about 150 acres cultivated. On the farm, the mission grew maize (corn), cotton, and a variety of produce (cabbage, peppers, onions, greens, squash, carrots, beans, tomatoes, cucumbers). The farm included a small dairy cattle herd, which enabled the mission to sell fresh milk and make yogurt; a beef cattle herd of 175 head; and a butchery that harvested more than 350 head per year. Because of government land reforms in 2001, the mission lost its farm manager and activities dwindled. Today, the farm grows garden produce year-round and maize during the wet season but only produces a fraction of what was once grown, and there are no dairy cows left.
TNC’s Agriculture program evaluates funding requests from the mission for agricultural-based projects and works with people there to develop the requests into a business plan that includes a cash flow analysis. If a project is funded, the business plan becomes the implementation guide.
Water is a limited resource and climate change is making summer rains unpredictable. A major future project will involve a new water pumping system from the Nyadire River to allow the irrigation of more land to reduce the risk of crop failure due to drought. This type of system will cost $200,000-$300,000 to install. We also try to implement newer production technology to reduce energy inputs and conserve soil.