Campaign : AVSF - Mongol Derby 2012

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AVSF - Mongol Derby 2012

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Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (AVSF)

Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières est une association de solidarité internationale qui agit depuis 40 ans dans 20 pays dans les zones rurales d'Afrique, d'Amérique latine et d'Asie. Elle met en place des programmes pour venir en aide aux populations paysannes les plus touchées par la faim et la grande pauvreté.

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Target  3,600

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AVSF - Mongol Derby 2012

AVSF - Mongol Derby 2012

Dear Riders,

This year you will be crossing Arkhangai's pristine valleys whose inhabitants will welcome you in their yurts. At AVSF, we experience the hospitality of these nomads every day and we know that once you settle for a cup of tea around a family stove, you may feel an urge to do something to thank the wonderful nomadic people of the steppe. This is why we asked them to take initiative and decide themselves the most useful and sustainable project they could implement with a small financial help from their guests. An initiative that would make a difference, and help them improve their daily livelihood. 

Agronomes et Vétérinaires Sans Frontières (Agronomists and Veterinarians without borders) is an international solidarity association working for 35 years in 20 countries of the South.
AVSF fights against hunger and high poverty all around the world. It encourages rural development by supporting family farming in disadvantaged part of the world with the help of experts in farming and animal health.

AVSF offers you the opportunity to contribute to: “Ar Mungun Tolgoi” herders’ group’s micro-project

Brief description : Create small scale community based agriculture and hand crafted manufacturing projects to make better use of traditional knowledge and develop additional source of income.
By growing forage for animals over an area of 2 hectares & by resuming traditional leather processing for horse riding gear and accessories

Location : Belh bag, Ondor-ulaan sum, Arkhangai aimag, Mongolia

Project presentation by the beneficiaries :

We will be 9 nomadic herder families (36 persons) involved in this project. We all belong to “Ar Mungun Tolgoi” Herders' group

Project origins and objectives

Firstly, in our province of Arkhangai, there is a real need for forage to feed our animals during the winter.
Secondly, we are slowly losing our traditional skills at making leather straps ans harnesses for our horses.
The chief of our group, Sonomtseren, 70, carries the traditional know-how to grow animal forage and make leather horse riding accesories. Sonomtseren's knowledge has been passed on by his father and grandfather. Now, he would like to pass on his skills to our herder community


Our project will be divided in two main activities:

1) Production of leather equipment for horses
Under the supervision of Sonomtseren, we will resume this traditional activity that can be performed during the winter, a low activity period for us due to severe climatic conditions.
Thanks to traditional know-how and specific techniques, our leather products will be of better quality than the one available on the market. Therefore, it will be easy for us to commercialize these horse riding gear and tackle.

2) Production of animal forage
The first step will be to fence a 2 hectares field in order to protect it from animal grazing (June). Then, with the Arkhangai Herders Federation assistance, we will sow one ton of oats (June) which will be scythed in August: around 4 tons of forage will be produced, 80% will be sold and 20% will be kept for our animals. Thanks to our capacity to work together, we will collectively realize all tasks related to this activity.

Cost justification and forecasted benefits 

1) Production of leather equipment for horses
Initial purchase of raw materials to launch the activity (Raw hides, oil, salt): £410.
We expect to generate a £1350 turn over, a part of it will be kept to purchase raw material the follow-ing year and the other part will constitute our income.

2) Production of animal forage
- Purchase of materials to build the fence: £415
- Purchase and fabrication of materials for scything and harvesting the forage: £1200
- Purchase of the oat seeds: £250
We expect to generate a £770 turn over (plus forage for self-consumption), a part of it will be kept to buy oat seeds for the following year and to maintain the equipment, the other part will constitute our income.
- Technical assistance, reporting and monitoring costs from AVSF and AHF: £735

Total amount requested: £3010 (~3600€)