Empowering poor rural communities with labor saving technologies for increased labor productivity, food production and income generation
The majority of smallholders in Malawi still practice subsistence farming and rely on antiquated production methods and inappropriate technology. Low productivity and work capacity are exacerbated by the high prevalence of various infectious diseases such as malaria and HIV/AIDS and poor development of micro and small-scale rural enterprises.
This project is in line with Malawi Government policies within the Ministry of Agriculture and the food security strategic plan for 2007 to 2012 "to promote and facilitate agricultural productivity and sustainable management and efficient use of land based natural resources to ensure food security and increased incomes to improve sustainable socio-economic growth and development”.
The project will contribute to economic empowerment by implementing integrated community programmes for income generation, training the disadvantaged groups especially women and orphans in business and technical skills, and initiating activities that promote viable agro-based small-scale enterprises.
The project will sustain the efforts already made in 17 villages of the Salima District and in 20 additional villages in other regions and will benefit more than 6,000 poor households.