• DAPP Malawi is in 2019 celebrating 24 years of active involvement in development work with communities through out the country

  • DAPP is implementing 17 projects within education, health, agriculture and community development in 25 district that span across the country's three regions

Advance Famers Club Project Benefitting Many

Brenda Hawad is a mother of 3 children residing in Kameza Village, Traditional Authority Nkukula in Dowa district. She is the chairlady of Umodzi club which was formed under the DAPP Advance famers club project, an extension of the previous DAPP Dowa farmers project which phased out in 2015.

“I have learnt so many things under this project, all thanks to the field officers from DAPP. I now know how to construct firewood saving stoves, pothole planting, vegetable gardening and conservation farming, livestock management and HIV & Aids prevention techniques” she said

Brenda gives her testimony on how the project has benefited her

Brenda gives her testimony on how the project has benefited her

Some Beneficiaries Received Goats

Some Beneficiaries Received Goats

“Through my club, I have had the chance to participate in a livestock pass-on loan initiative in which I got a pig and now I have two pigs. Last year I sold six piglets and used the money to buy fertilizer. I am happy to say that I harvested more than enough for me and my family” she said

Brenda and the rest of the club’s members have also formed a Village saving loan group (VSLG) and have seen the benefit of it. “Through this group, I have been able to support my brother at the Police Academy and he is now working as a Police man” she said. She believes that her future is so bright and the best is yet to come.

 

Case Story – Peter Kankhonya

Peter Kankhonya hails from Chikwaza village in Thyolo district and is one of the Chikowa club members under DAPP Farmers club macadamia project in Thyolo district.

Through the project’s extension workers, he and his fellow club members have been trained by “their” Farming Instructor in Macadamia farming and garden farming. Through the training Peter has acquired various basic skills to be part of conserving the environment such as constructing fire wood saving stoves.

Mr. Kankhonya

Mr. Kankhonya

Some farmers under the Macademia Project

Some farmers under the Macademia Project

Mr Kankhonya says he has also been trained on the 2 cropping seasons which are rain fed and winter farming and leant topics including land preparations and planting, pest and disease control and harvesting.

“Taking good care of macadamia trees, the importance of Village saving and loan groups as well as hygiene and sanitation techniques have been taught to us,” he says.

“The project has really improved my life and that of my family economically. I will be selling the Macadamia nuts for 45 years. My vision is to see my children achieve their education goals and I will use part of the nuts proceeds to send them school. I thank DAPP Malawi for bringing such kind of project to my area and also to the farming Instructors for giving us such kind of trainings, lessons and skills,” he said.

Development Fund of Norway Visits Advance Famers club Dowa

DAPP Advance Farmers club is an extension of the previous DAPP Chiradzulu Farmers Club and Dowa Farmers Club which phased out in 2015. The project is being implemented in Dowa and Chiradzulu districts with support from the Social Development Fund (SDF) and the Ministry of Trade and Industries through the Trade Related Facility (TRF).

Group photo with DAPP Devlopment Fund of Norway and the famers

Group photo with DAPP Devlopment Fund of Norway and the famers

Cooperative members

Cooperative members

Currently being implemented in the areas of Traditional Authority Msakambewa, Mkukula, Chakhaza and Dzoole in Dowa district, the project is working with 6,000 farmers who are organized in 80 clubs and 7 Cooperatives. The project aims at improving living standards of small-scale farmers through strengthening competitiveness of the country’s oil seed exports and promotes the production, value addition and export of oil seeds particularly sunflower, soya bean and groundnuts products

On the 7th of May, DAPP held a joint field visit with Development Fund of Norway with the aim of showcasing what the Advance Farmers Club is doing within the Cooperatives. Mr Mahara Nyirenda, a representative from Development Fund of Norway expressed his satisfaction by saying “These cooperatives are doing great things. I had the opportunity of visiting Madisi cooperatives, where they have a warehouse and they produce sunflower cooking oil. This is an impressive development” he said.

DAPP Malawi has been working in partnership with the Ministry of Trade and Tourism in implementing the Trade Related Facility (TRF) project since December 2018 and will phase out in December 2019.

 

Case story – Innocent Brown

My name is Innocent Brown, a man aged 32 years old and residing in Ntauchira Village in traditional authority Likoswe, Chiradzulu district. I joined the DAPP Young farmers club project in September of 2018 when DAPP held a meeting in our village to inform us about the project that they wanted to implement here in traditional authority Likoswe that will focus on equipping us with skills and knowledge on the importance of adapting climate smart agriculture, entrepreneurship and agribusiness skills so that we can become well informed famers who are prepared for anything at all times.

Mr Bown (2nd Left) and other farmers from the project

Mr Bown (2nd Left) and other farmers from the project

Mr Brown in his Sweet Potato field

Mr Brown in his Sweet Potato field

As a married man who has a family to care for, I thought it wise to join the project because I knew there was a lot I would learn and I have done just that, learnt. For example, I have learnt how to make manure which I can use in my farm to have higher chances of producing more. I have also learnt how to preserve and conserve water and constructing firewood saving stoves which protect the environment among others.

Now I am happy to say that this season I have planted maize, cassava, sweet potatoes and soya and I have applied all the techniques and knowledge that DAPP field officers taught me. With this knowledge I have, I believe I will harvest more than I ever have this year on the same half acre land I have planted on.

I am thankful to DAPP and this project because it has given me an opportunity to learn things I didn’t know before. Indeed education is a never ending process.

Young farmer’s club project continues to involve people with various disabilities

Salanao Sedrick, a 24 year old lady is one beneficiary of the young farmer’s club project being implemented by DAPP Malawi in partnership with the Norwegian Association of Disability (NAD) and The Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education and Training Authority (TEVETA)

A mother of a 7-year-old son, Salanao is partially deaf and has problems with speech. She lives with her aunt in Mchocholo village in Traditional Authority Likoswe in Machinga district.
“When she expressed interest to join the Young Farmers Club project that started in September, I was not for the idea because people usually leave out people with disability. I was concerned that she wouldn’t feel welcome” said her aunty Joyce Ntambo

Salanao  With Her Guardian  Joyce Ntambo

Salanao With Her Guardian Joyce Ntambo

Salanao Sedrick

Salanao Sedrick

But after she joined the project, Joyce noticed that Salanao was happy and started applying what she was learning in her own field at home.
“When she gets home, she asks me to join her in the field where she demonstrates what she has learnt. I am happy that she is learning something and that she has made new friends who come and pick her up when going to the demonstration plot where they are learn various skills from the DAPP farming instructors” exclaimed Joyce.

Joyce also says the farming instructors are warm and always include Salanao in all their activities. She is thankful to DAPP for the project and the opportunities it is giving to people with disabilities “because of the encouragement Salanao gets, she has planted maize this growing season and I know she will harvest and have some to eat and some to even sell and make some money”

The young famers club project plans on working with 285 young farmers annually over the project’s three year life span and is targeting 60 percent female farmers, 40 percent males and 10 percent farmers with physical disabilities in Traditional authority Likoswe.

 

 

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