UMCOR Facilitates Chili Harvest
September 27, 2010—With support from the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR), farmers in the village of Lambeugak, Aceh Besar District, in Indonesia, have begun to harvest a second round of chili crops for sale in local markets, part of a successful income generation project.
The chili crop-planting project began in 2008 through the Reconstruction and Development in Aceh program implemented by the UMCOR Indonesia field office. The project provided tsunami-affected community members with partially recoverable grants in the form of seeds, tools, and fertilizer packages to enable the farmers to sow the popular Aceh chili plants and generate income for their families.
The first harvest took place during a period when the market price for chili was high, and the farmers made a significant profit. They repaid 50 percent of the value of the seed packages to a community development fund, which was then used to purchase seeds for the second chili planting last spring.
Waste from the chili plants will go to an existing organic fertilizer business, part of a farmers’ cooperative that UMCOR and the Lambeugak community seek to revitalize. UMCOR will provide infrastructure and equipment needed to expand the business.
This additional activity is part of UMCOR Indonesia’s Integrated Sustainable Development in Aceh program. It will enable beneficiaries to continue to diversify and increase their incomes and mitigate the effects of possible future disasters.
About UMCOR Indonesia
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is a not-for-profit humanitarian aid organization working in more than 80 countries worldwide. UMCOR’s mission is to alleviate human suffering — whether caused by war, conflict or natural disaster—with hearts and minds open to all people.
UMCOR established its field offices in Indonesia following the December 2004 tsunami. Country operations are based in Banda Aceh, with a field sub-office in Bireuen.