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The commitment of farmers, cooperation members and villagers is firm. They will work towards their dream of fair trade for their beloved product Pala (nutmeg). They want to make most out of their trade so that welfare in their villages can increase.
This becomes very clear when, after a three days’ workshop on Community Life Competence facilitation, the participants practice their newly learned skills in the village of Hatu (Ambon, Indonesia). Hatu is one of the five villages participating in the Pala project.
Farmers gather on the beach, women in the street around their houses and the cooperation members in the village hall. They explore their individual dreams – then their common dreams. Welfare for their family and their village is the common denominator. The practices to get to their dream with their own resources vary from inclusion, hard work, variation of products on the market, production chain management and growing the best quality nutmeg.
The conversation is heated after the three groups presented their dreams. Can the farmers learn from the village women when it comes to growing nutmeg? How many meters distance between each tree is best? Can the cooperation do more effort to include small farmers also? And how to decide on what is a fair price for the nutmeg? How do we mobilise the resources needed to get the chain rolling?
The learning starts at the spot when experiences are shared. Ideas sprout like nutmeg trees. And all are eager to jump into renewed action. The voices become louder and louder and can be heard outside where boys start playing volleyball and others are watering newly planted chili plants around the village house. Schoolchildren in red and white uniform come home, a smile appears on their face when they see the enthusiastic crowd. The women need to go back to their families, the farmers want to check their fields.
The facilitation team will soon be back to support the groups when they develop a detailed plan with small and do-able actions so that the dream that may seem far away today comes closer – step by step.