Much of the maize crop has been lost. Mike Brady sent a donation of £200 to set up a food security fund, which was used to buy 13 x 50 kg bags of maize flour for the most vulnerable (30 old people and 35 orphans). The building constructed by the villagers to house the maize mill was used for the distribution.
The rains arrived late February and villagers were advised to plant potatoes and cassava by Jones, the agricultural advisor employed by the project, which could produce a crop in the limited time left.
Once the maize mill is operational, money will be paid back to the food security fund for the maize so that it will be available should a similar situation arise.
The dry spell has presented an opportunity as it has meant the project committee has been able to proceed with raising and improving the dam used to feed the irrigation scheme and create a reservoir of water. This has been in the plans for a while - Jones, the agricultural advisor can be seen explaining the need in the clip on the front page.