DAPP Women Farmers’ club economically empower family
The DAPP women farmers’ clubs encourages women to work hand in hand with their husbands in order to improve food security and the economic status of their families. The project women empowerment via farmers clubs programme, is aimed at improving household food, nutrition and income security in rural areas of Blantyre district
The Jera family is proud to have achieved a lot of progress when they started working within the structure of the farmers club. They produce tomatoes on a large scale. Husband of farmer’s club member Patrick Jera says that at first he used to think that the benefits of the farmers club were only for women and that man were not welcome to participate in the project activities.
“We have made a lot of progress at our house holds. We raise livestock and we have also built a house with corrugated iron sheets. This could not have been possible if I did not work with the farmers’ club structure,” said Patrick Jera . Mary Jera member of Tione farmers club says her husband was receptive to the information that was brought from the clubs meetings and they together decided to develop the tomato field to economically empower their house hold. The project has been providing extension services and inputs to the family
“As a family we will continue to engage with the farmers club until we realize better markets for our produce as currently we can only sell the tomatoes within the community,” said Mary Jera