Humana People to People, and its implementing partner (Development Aid from People to People), will, in close cooperation with the Government of Malawi, develop and expand the coverage of the DAPP Farmers Club model.
In line with the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy, the Farmers Clubs aim to reduce poverty through sustained economic growth. The approach is to empower and build capacity in farmers to enable them to become the driving force in developing agricultural practices, increasing income, and improving their own living conditions. The methodology will include on-going training to spearhead new farming techniques, expand irrigation to ensure higher yields, develop environmentally-friendly farming practices, and improve market linkages to ensure sustainability. In addition, the project partners will establish model fields, install irrigation wells and rope pumps, provide seeds and fertilizer, and distribute livestock via pass-on grants to recipients. Supervision and monitoring will take place on a regular basis. To capture the impact of the program, progress will be measured after 2-3 years against a baseline survey in the areas of operation. Outcomes to be evaluated include: improved diversification in crop variety, better yields, increased income, decreased crop loss, and improved access to water for irrigation.
The commitment will begin in October 2010 and span a three-year period. Humana People to People/DAPP will produce annual commitment progress reports for each of the three years of implementation.
Small-scale farming is the economic backbone of rural Malawi. Considerable progress has been achieved in recent years in the agricultural sector; however, farmers still face multiple challenges in pursuing more advanced production, which will ultimately enable them to lift themselves out of poverty.
Malawian President Bingu wa Mutharika has provided the vision and leadership for small-holder farmers to rise above subsistence level farming and overcome the challenges of food security and poverty. To help increase agricultural production, the Government recently launched the Green Belt Initiative to protect the gains in food security, reduce vulnerability to drought, and to boost production by irrigating up to a million hectares of land.
The commitment is based on the MOU signed between the Government of Malawi, DAPP, and Humana People to People in March 2010 with the objective of reducing poverty by developing and expanding the Farmers Club model.
SEEKING: Financial Resources
Humana People to People and its partners are seeking financial resources from corporations, foundations, and other interested partners to take the Farmers Club project to scale.
OFFERING: Best Practice Information, Media/Marketing Opportunities
Humana People to People's commitment to improving food security and increasing farmer income in Malawi will generate success stories that illustrate the benefits of the model. Supporting partners will be provided with this information and be highlighted on the print and website promotional materials of Humana People to People and DAPP.
Assistance in mobilizing farmers into Farmers Clubs. The commitment has the support of the government of Malawi that has adopted the HPP Farmers Clubs model as the national strategy.