DAPP Malawi in partnership with the Norwegian Association of Disability (NAD) and The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA) launched a Skills for Resilience Project (SRP) also known as the Young Farmers club project in Chiradzulu district in August 2018 with the aim of empowering young farmers between the ages of 17 – 35 with knowledge and skills on the importance of adapting climate smart agriculture, entrepreneurship and agribusiness skills.
On the 6th of November 2018, DAPP Malawi held a joint field visit of the project with NAD and TEVETA with the aim of monitoring the project’s commencement, achievements and how the farmers and local community members are faring and benefitting. Mr. Farestveit, the project advisor for NAD said he is very happy with the projects commencement and the progress it has made already.
The project plans on working with 285 young farmers annually over the project’s 3 year life span targeting 60 percent female farmers, 40 percent males and 10 percent farmers with physical disabilities. Working in Traditional Authority Likoswe in group village headmen Manguwo , Mataka and Mtupanyama in Chiradzulu district, the project focuses on training farmers on conservation farming, soil fertility improvement, sustainable crop production, bee keeping, climate smart livestock production, post-harvest handling, agro – processing , entrepreneurship and agribusiness management, rain water harvesting and the establishment of gardens and demonstration plots. To date, 285 farmers have been enrolled in the project and trained in soil fertility improvement, water resource management and conservation agriculture just to mention a few.
DAPP Malawi in partnership with the Malawi Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security embarked on a program known as DAPP Dowa women farmers club in 2012 with the aim of reducing poverty and increasing equality amongst women farmers in Chibvala EPA in Traditional Authority Mkukula in the district of Dowa and worked with 4,250 women farmers.
The project, through farming instructors providing trainings to farmers on issues of economic empowerment, improved crop and animal production, income generating activities, climate change mitigation measures, improved health, sanitation & hygiene, nutrition, gender awareness and adult literacy as well as disability mainstreaming. With support from UFF Finland, a nonprofit, non-governmental humanitarian organization, DAPP Malawi started the project in 2012 with the project phasing out in December 2017.
On the 18th of October, a representative from UFF Finland visited Dowa women farmers club project cooperative’s that were formed during the DAPP Dowa women farmers club project with the aim of ensuring that the knowledge and skills that were imparted onto the women during the project have been sustained post project phase out . Erkki Kumpula , UFF Finland representative said he was very impressed with the skills and knowledge that were imparted onto the women of Chimwankhuku and Umodzi Cooperatives during the life of the project but more so that these women are still displaying the skills and knowledge attained almost a year on from the time the project phased out.
UFF Finland has been supporting DAPP Malawi in various developmental projects including the construction of DAPP Dowa and Chilangoma teachers training colleges and projects such as the Teachers network, which focused on the networking of teachers by allowing them to come together to share skills and knowledge to become better teachers . DAPP Malawi thanks UFF Finland for its continuous support.