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Launch Transition for Inclusive Development (TRIDE) in Eastern Congo: “No security without food security”

Wednesday October 6th TRIDE was launched in Goma by the Vice Governor of North Kivu province in presence of several Ministers of South Kivu province, representatives from the national Ministry of Plan (Kinshasa) and the Dutch ambassador Jolke Oppewal of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Congo.

Food security and IWRM

Official launch TRIDE

Invited by the two governors of North and South Kivu,  there were 75 participants from the Administrators of the territories, the Mwamis (traditional leaders) of the chefferies and representatives from civil, society, women organizations and youth as well as national and international nonprofit organizations (NGOs).

Representatives of North and South Kivu governments gathered in the Linda hotel in Goma made reference to the long history of collaboration between DRC and the Kingdom of Netherlands. They called for continued practical improvements in people's lives through the development of the local economy, without which peace cannot be effective in Eastern DRC.

Lasting change starts at household level

In his speech, his excellence the Netherlands Ambassador, underlined the importance of TRIDE in the overall cooperation of the Netherlands with DR Congo through its Great Lakes programme. He shared an own experience with the PIP farmers. Working with the farm households who produce the food for the population is key to make lasting changes, he said. The peasant population through their organizations will be the main actors in the implementation of TRIDE.

Towards economic development

After the official launch, the project was presented by the Team Leader Michiel Verweij and Quality Manager Grant Bulangashane. The project proposes actions to transform the traumatized past  into productive and economic development. The central proposition of TRIDE is building capacities for concrete activities in food security and Integrated Water Resources Management. Increasing smallholders’ self-reliance and foodsecurity is the pre-condition for sustainable economic development and a more peaceful society in North and South Kivu.  

Combining knowledge

The implementing agencies ZOA, Agriterra and VNGi presented themselves to the public together with the main work approaches: Integrated Farm Planning (PIP), Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) within the catchment, Value Chains/cooperative development and Inclusive Governance. After the presentation of the governance structure the floor was open for questions and debate. Questions about the intervention area, the activities, the relation to previous projects, the accountability mechanisms and expectations of the participants were aired. The Director of ZOA-Congo Gerrit Noordam expressed his satisfaction with the inclusive participation of local and national stakeholders: ''Now the hard work of implementing the project with the people can really start!''

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