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Farmers expected to benefit most from the USAID funded programme Farmers expected to benefit most from the USAID funded programme Image sourced at our-africa .org

Future Looking Bright For Smallholder Farmers In Malawi

Written by  Written By Blessings KANG'OMBE in Ntcheu district Feb 17, 2017

Smallholder farmers in Malawian should expect an improved market for their agriculture produce in the next five years.

This is courtesy of a five year Feed the Future Malawi initiative funded by the United States Agency For International Development (USAID).

Dubbed Agriculture Diversification Activity, the programme is set to be implemented by six groupings.

Among them, Farm Radio Trust, Practical Action and YONECO.

Smallholder farmers in Ntcheu, Balaka, Blantyre, Dedza, Lilongwe, Mchinji, Mangochi and Machinga will be benefiting from the project that seeks to reduce poverty and hunger in the country.

Most focus on the $47 million initiative will be on areas in unlocking agriculture finance and stimulating private investments.

Other focus areas will include helping farm communities adapt to climate change, improving household nutrition and dietary diversity and empowering women and young people.

Speaking to Capital FM, Feed the Future Malawi Resilience Leader disclosed that the activity will work in an integrated fashion by linking interventions in agricultural production.

Frank Tembo stressed that there will also be climate smart agriculture, nutrition, gender and building commercial and institution sustainability.

He added that besides that, the activity will build sustainable commercial partnerships to fill gaps in the target value chains products like Soya, ground nuts and orange fleshed sweet potatoes.

It is anticipated that after the initiative’s five year lifespan smallholder income will have increased by 60% and the livelihoods of over 200,000 female farmers will have improved.

 

And to add on that, resiliency of small holder farmers will be better abnd improved nutrition status of women and children.

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