By Vincent Gunde

DOWA-(MaraviPost)-The Circle for Integrated Community Development (CICOD) say is up with a-5 year Supporting Sustainable Agriculture to enhance food security, resilience and employment opportunities in central Malawi (SEWOH) project.

The project is a follow- up to Drought Resilience Adaptation and Mitigation (DREAM) project which was being implemented in the district from 2015-2017 covering Katchakwala Horticultural Cooperative from Traditional Authority (T.A) Mkukula supporting smallholder farmers in food security and income generation.

SEWOH project will be implemented at Katchakwala Cooperative in T.A Mkukula, Matamangwe cooperative and Kanamdzeka Cooperatives where horticulture, cereals and legumes will be planted to ensuring that 50 percent of the targeted population achieves an acceptable food consumption score.

The organization’s Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Thomas Nkhata, said the project has a goal of contributing to food and income security of smallholder farmers in Central Malawi and empowerment of the targeted group for equal social and economic.

Nkhata said the direct target groups consists of 6,750 people from 1,500 subsistence  farming households living in 40-50 villages in the project region while the indirect target group of about 1,000 small holder households, about 5,500  people who benefited from access to agricultural know-how.

He said 781 members of the target group are organized in 10 cooperatives, 200 secondary beneficiaries will receive goats and at least 100 tertiary beneficiaries will receive goat offspring during the project period as part of a transfer system.

“There are 10 cooperatives targeted in the project and their financial capacities are very low and cannot even sustain themselves,” said        

The officer said the areas selected are those that are affected by climate change but have got more potential to crop and horticultural production to justify collective marketing there by achieve great impact to the lives of the Climate Change affected people.

In his remarks, Dowa District Director of Education, Youth and Sports, Christopher Kumikundi, appealed to stakeholders in the district to share reports of the projects for transparency and accountability and above all, it enhances cooperation.

Kumikundi asked district stakeholders to align their projects with the District Development Plan (DDP) as it contain all the wishes and aspirations of the Dowa people saying the issues were formulated by the people at the grass root level

SEWOH project will run from January 1, 2022- December, 2026 with funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic cooperation and Development (BMZ) and a co-finance partner, Sign of Hope at a total budget of 731,990 of which 439,194 Euros will go to Ntchisi while Dowa 292,796 Euros.

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