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Advocacy In Decomposed fertiliser (AIDER)

Helping the Underprivileged Community

The people who live in Teluk Layang are considered stateless, which indicates that the government does not recognise their citizenship despite being born and raised in this country. Their predicament caused the denial of their human rights, despite the fact that they had no control over the fact that they were born without citizenship in this country. This was not in any way a decision they made. Because of the complexities of the situation, generations of stateless people in Sabah have gone undocumented, with the number growing by the year. Although no official figure has been established, their population is estimated to be between 500,000 to 1,000,000 people.       Due to the absence of legitimate identification papers, it is difficult for individuals from Teluk Layang to find work in the public or private sectors in this country. Unemployment drives them to hunt for other possibilities to get money to buy needs. Farming is a highly significant activity in their society. There are around 400 villagers that primarily rely on agricultural operations as their major source of income and food.       Fertiliser is one of the materials often used in farming. In the absence of fertilisers, agricultural output and productivity would decrease significantly. However, fertiliser prices are very expensive and difficult for these low-income communities to own.       Therefore, it is necessary to put into action an effort that will provide assistance in the manufacturing of composed fertiliser for them. It is feasible to increase their crop yields by utilising this composed fertiliser.

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Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS)
RM 517.30
Goal: RM 487.30
Fund Approved by MSF: RM 1,500.00

Overview of Issue / Background

The people who live in Teluk Layang are considered stateless, which indicates that the government does not recognise their citizenship despite being born and raised in this country. Their predicament caused the denial of their human rights, despite the fact that they had no control over the fact that they were born without citizenship in this country. This was not in any way a decision they made. Because of the complexities of the situation, generations of stateless people in Sabah have gone undocumented, with the number growing by the year. Although no official figure has been established, their population is estimated to be between 500,000 to 1,000,000 people.

 

      Due to the absence of legitimate identification papers, it is difficult for individuals from Teluk Layang to find work in the public or private sectors in this country. Unemployment drives them to hunt for other possibilities to get money to buy needs. Farming is a highly significant activity in their society. There are around 400 villagers that primarily rely on agricultural operations as their major source of income and food.

 

      Fertiliser is one of the materials often used in farming. In the absence of fertilisers, agricultural output and productivity would decrease significantly. However, fertiliser prices are very expensive and difficult for these low-income communities to own.

 

      Therefore, it is necessary to put into action an effort that will provide assistance in the manufacturing of composed fertiliser for them. It is feasible to increase their crop yields by utilising this composed fertiliser.

Project Objectives (Vision & Mission)

  1. To introduce the composed fertiliser terms to the villagers in Teluk Layang.
  2. To educate the villagers in Teluk Layang on how they can use waste materials as something useful in their daily life.
  3. To improve the farming activities among the villagers.
  4. To help the villagers reduce their cost of living.
  5. To promote environmentally-friendly and economical solutions to recycle waste among the villagers.

 

The main objective of this project is to introduce the compost fertiliser terms to the villagers in Teluk Layang. This is because the villagers are not exposed to this kind of knowledge due to their education level. 

 

Therefore, by carrying out this project, we will be able to introduce the composed fertiliser terms so they can understand and practise the knowledge that will be very useful in helping them in their farming activity and also increasing the quality of their crops. 

 

Furthermore, our group mission is to educate the villagers on how they can benefit from the waste materials by producing the composted fertiliser so they can save their money as there is no need for them to buy the fertiliser and just use their leftovers to produce their own compost. 

 

Moreover, recycling food and other organic waste into compost also has a number of environmental benefits such as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, nutrient recycling, and drought mitigation. So, our group came out with these visions and missions to educate and help the villagers at the same time.

 

Project Details (Activities and Tasks)

  1. Project introduction: Discussion with our key partner (Borneo Komrad), the NGO in charge of the 400 villagers of Kampung Teluk Layang. The main agenda of introducing compost fertiliser to the local community is proposed and the process of getting consent to use required facilities such as water, electric, classroom, etc.
  2. Local community outreach campaigns: Educate the local community about the compost fertiliser project through house-to-house visits and flyers are distributed to the villagers. During this process, the local communities should be well-informed to dispose of household waste such as food leftovers and rotten plants into our compost bins.
  3.  Fertiliser-making process: The compost bins containing organic waste are buried in two thirds of the village to produce compost fertiliser. By supplying organic materials (food leftovers and rotten plants), water and oxygen, the decaying agent used which is Bokashi will break down the materials into useful compost fertiliser for agriculture use. Bokashi composting is an anaerobic fermentation process so during the fertiliser-making procedures, the compost bin should remain sealed, therefore could also avoid unpleasant smell to the villagers. The data collection process is done to ensure the compost fertiliser is ready to use.
  4. Education on the compost fertiliser implementation: The local communities are introduced on the procedure of compost fertiliser application on plants and important aspect such as the optimal quantities of compost fertiliser should be used is properly explained to the villagers.

Expected Project Result & Outcomes

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RM 517.30

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