THE PROJECT “PROMOTION OF A HEALTHY FOOD SECURITY AMONG THE CHENGDUO COUNTY TIBETAN NOMAD COMMUNITIES” CO-FINANCED BY THE PROVINCE OF TRENTO, THE NANDO AND ELSA PERETTI FOUNDATION AND ASIA, WHICH BEGAN IN OCTOBER 2016, WAS CONCLUDED WITH SUCCESS 2018.
THE ACTIVITIES OF THE PROJECT WERE CONDUCTED IN THE DISTRICTS OF THE COUNTY OF CHENGDUO, WHICH ARE MAINLY INHABITED BY NOMADS. THIS IS ONE OF THE COUNTIES OF THE AUTONOMOUS TIBETAN PREFECTURE OF YUSHU OF THE PROVINCE OF QINGHAI, CHINA.
The Chengduo County is located west of Qinghai Province, northeast of the Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture of Yushu. The population consists of 6,755 families (34,663 residents) of which 4,412 nomad families living on herding and 2,338 families of farmers. The populations of the Qinghai Plateau are now experiencing high poverty rates and are severely affected by impoverishment and marginalization.
The project area is among the most remote, nomadic and poor in absolute terms, with an annual per capita income of around 300 euros. The objective of the project was to guarantee food security and sovereignty to the nomad communities of Chengduo, and to ensure the resilience of the local productive systems based on breeding. In addition, the project’s specific objectives were to improve human health through the transfer of adequate knowledge for the processing of controlled and safe dairy and livestock products and to create a public debate on the importance of food safety, contamination control of the balanced diet on human health in Tibet.
For two consecutive years, ASIA in collaboration with local authorities has worked in this area to achieve the objectives of the project by carrying out the following activities:
1- A 173 square meter veterinary clinic on two floors built and handed over to counterparts.
2- Veterinary equipment, furniture, computers supplied to the clinic.
3- 257 veterinarians from all seven county districts, trained for two consecutive years on the most effective treatments for the most dangerous diseases spread in the area in recent years
4- 2 sets of equipment distributed to the 257 veterinarians who participated in the training courses.
5- A manual with all the lessons taken in these two years, published in 500 copies and distributed to the 257 veterinarians, breeders and professionals
6- Numerous interviews, data collection, photos, carried out in order to prepare the manual
7- A manual on traditional veterinary care practices, use of herbs, surgical instruments, published in 500 copies and distributed to 257 veterinary surgeons, breeders and professionals.
8- A video on traditional veterinary care practices, use of herbs, surgical instruments, published in 500 copies and distributed to 257 veterinary surgeons, breeders and professionals
9- 55 women trained for 5 days on health and hygiene of dairy products.
10- 55 sets of equipment for the production of milk, butter, cheese and yogurt distributed to 55 women.
11- 26 visits and practical trainings carried out to 26 families and women who received training and equipment in order to check the knowledge acquired and the implementation and correct use of the equipment.
12- 52 promoters of hygiene and health trained as trainers for the hygiene campaign
13- 49 meetings organized with nomads from Qinghuihe district to inform them about health problems related to lack of hygiene.
14- 4,000 leaflets on the main health problems and hygienic practices printed and distributed to local communities, monasteries and schools
15 – 500 posters printed and posted in schools, monasteries, government offices, meeting places for local communities.
16- 2940 people, student monks directly involved in the campaign.
17- 2 meetings organized in two high schools in Trento with more than 200 students involved
18- A seminar organized at the University of Trento in which 50 students and professors participated.
19- 2 events organized in Trento with the presentation of the results of the Project, music concert, dinner and photo exhibition attended by about 200 people overall.