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.
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.