• DAPP Malawi is in 2018 celebrating 23 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

DAPP Teacher Attends 2018 Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto Forum in Italy

Agnes Chipamba, a DAPP graduated teacher, has been tirelessly promoting the establishment and maintenance of vegetable gardens at Kanjira primary school in Mzobwe zone IN Lilongwe rural where she is a teacher under the DAPP graduated teachers network known as 400 primary schools program. The program focuses on providing opportunities to graduated teachers from DAPP Teacher Training Colleges who work in government primary schools to stick together and support each other voluntarily in changing the schools where they are placed. She was among the 4 chosen teachers in September 2017 by Slow foods International, an organization which promotes the importance of eating local foods and issues of sustainable food production, to attend the 2018 Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto vegetarian option forum which focused on the importance of a modern plant based diet as one way of protecting animals, the environment and health.

Agnes With A Placard That Says To Love The Earth

Agnes With A Placard That Says To Love The Earth

Agnes, Left,  And Fellow Malawian Representatives

Agnes, Left, And Fellow Malawian Representatives

With this year’s theme #FOODFORCHANGE, Agnes represented DAPP Malawi at this year’s Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto in Tarin, Italy from the 20th – 24th September 2018 where she was given the opportunity to explain her techniques in vegetable garden establishment and the preservation of local vegetables.

“This celebration of local foods gave me the opportunity to not only share my skills and knowledge, but to also learn from my fellow attendees on what I could do better as a teacher to improve Malawi’s food systems. I learnt how to conserve local vegetable seedlings in order to ensure that they don’t become extinct as well as new vegetable garden maintenance techniques in times where schools are on holidays just to mention a few” says Agnes

The Terra Madre Salone Del Gusto is an international gastronomy exhibition which takes place every 2 years with delegates from more than 150 countries in the world. The event comprises of a large market with activities like conferences, forums, workshops, tastings and cooking lessons.

DAPP young farmers project holds joint field visit with NAD and TEVETA

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.

NAD RepresentativeMr

NAD RepresentativeMr

Some Members Of Chiradzulu Farmers Club Captures In A Filed Visit In November

Some Members Of Chiradzulu Farmers Club Captures In A Filed Visit In November

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.

Dowa women's club cooperatives get a surprise visit from UFF Finland

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.

Chiradzulu Women Impress DAPP

Chiradzulu Women Farmers Clubs have impressed Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Malawi for effectively applying climate smart agricultural practices through potholing and agro-0forestry in its on-going integrated value chain enhancement project called Going Nuts.

Speaking when he visited Chipangano, Talandila and Tiyese Women Farmers clubs on 28th of March 2018 in Chiradzulu district, DAPP Malawi Assistant Partnership Manager Enock Jumah said he was impressed to see that farmers are planting crops in potholes to preserve water for moisture, planting groundnuts in ridges and double rows, planting glycediaserpiam trees in farming fields and using firewood saving stoves to reduce the effects of climate change.

A Dishrack In Tiyese Model Village

A Dishrack In Tiyese Model Village

Tomatoes Planted In Potholes

Tomatoes Planted In Potholes

“We are impressed with what is on the ground, it shows that the farmers are putting to practice the skills they acquire through our farming instructors,” he said.

The DAPP Going Nuts project is part of the Public Private Partnership (PPP) under the Dutch government whose idea is to contribute to social and economic empowerment by building the capacity of farmers to produce high quality crops and access competitive markets thereby increasing profitability.

The project is working with 2400 small scale women farmers in Traditional Authority Ntchema and Sub Traditional Authority Sandrackin Chiradzulu district to increase their income through production of groundnuts as cash crop and linking them to produce markets.

The farmers were organized in 48clubs of 50 members through which they are trained in conservation agriculture, crop diversification, agroforestry, use of firewood saving stoves and promotion of hygiene and sanitation in their households.

The project’s Leader Eric Mukhuna said the farmers have benefited project since they have been linked to Afri-oil a company which buys groundnuts for oil production. .

One of the farmers from Talandira Club Alice Thomas emphasized that even when the project phases out they will continue cultivating groundnuts because they have an available market with Afri Oil.

The DAPP Chiradzulu Women Farmers Club project is a three year project which started in 2015 with support from Sympany of Holland.

 

DAPP Farmers Club Program Uplifting Livelihoods and Mitigating Effects of Climate Change with Firewood Saving Stoves

Doreen inserts a piece of firewood into a firewood savingstove in her kitchenDoreen Chimwaza, 38 year-old woman, hails from Kadambo Village Traditional Authority Bvumbwe, Thyolo district. Doreen got married 18 years ago and has seven children. For the first 14 years in marriage, she had a regular life. “I used to wake up at 4 AM, go to a nearby forest to collect firewood, come back home three hours later and prepare breakfast for my family.

I would then do daily household chores including preparing lunch and dinner,” she narrates. During the first years in marriage, Doreen found cooking tiresome and uninteresting because it demanded a lot of time and energy.”For me to cook, I had to use three cooking stones which needed about six big pieces of firewood in a day. So every day, I had to wake up early to collect the firewood.” She explains.

Little less than a bonfire, the three cooking stones consumed huge amounts of firewood and filled Doreen’s kitchen with smoke. The smoke was hazardous to her life. According to the World Health Organisation, smoke from indoor fires kills over 1.6 million people in developing countries every year. “I used to cough all of the time because of the smoke in the kitchen,” she laments.

Then in 2013, everything changed after member farmers of Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) Farmers Club Program imparted to her knowledge and skills on constructing and using firewood saving stoves which she has been using for the past four years.


The stove is made using clay and mud which are locally sourced materials that she was able to get at no cost. The new stove also uses less firewood, hence few trips going out in the forests and bushes to find firewood. “The pieces firewood that I was using in a day can now go for a week. This is because the stove also conserves heat, so I do not need the wood all the time,” she says.
In addition to advancing agricultural production and improving living standards of farmers through training them in modern and effective agricultural farming methods, DAPP Malawi Farmers Club Program, among others imparts knowledge and skills to communities in the adaptation and mitigation of climate change. Activities include: educating communities on the effects of careless cutting down of trees; importanceof using firewood saving stoves and planting of trees.

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