Farmers’ Clubs Chiradzulu and Dowa – Going Nuts
The overall objective of the projects are to contribute to social and economic empowerment and to build capacity of farmers’ organizations/cooperatives to produce high quality crops and access competitive markets with the aim of increasing profitability through farming of 1200 female farmers in Chiradzulu District and 6000 farmers in Dowa district as direct beneficiaries in their 4 cooperatives. The idea is to increase farmer’s income through the production of groundnuts as the cash crop. Secondly, to increase food security by organizing the farmers into clubs. Besides, farmer’s clubs will be involved in activities such as conservation agriculture, crop diversification, livestock pass-on loans and small scale irrigation. The primary target group is young female farmers.
The emphasis on the second phase project is on the growing of groundnuts by farmers in a well-defined value chain where farmers are linked up with Afri-oil. (A company in Malawi which is producing oil from groundnut). Afri-oil will ensure availability of markets for the farmers. This Going Nuts project is funded by the Dutch Government via Sympany of the Netherlands.