"There are improvements in the lives of farmers and members of farmers' clubs"
The Farmers' Club project, an ADPP initiative financed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland, was closed this week. Speaking at the closing ceremony of the project, the ADPP Executive Director, Birgit Holm, said that there were significant improvements in the lives of farmers.
"Even with many obstacles, including natural disasters, the effects of the floods in 2015, the drought in 2016 and 2017 and the instability in some areas like Maringue and the road that goes to Caia also in 2016 to 2017, we can see a lot of improvements in the life of the farmers and the members of the clubs"- she said.
According to the Executive Director of ADPP, foundations have been created so that the beneficiaries of the project, now completed, will continue their activities without any support.
“Now they have experiences that enable them to continue to increase their family production more and more; they will be able to sell products like sesame, bean Boer, onion and other products of the value chain, to obtain more profits and continue to improve their lives. The infrastructure of irrigation systems and warehouses are permanent and will benefit the clubs in the future."- she explained.
The Governor of Zambezia Province, Abdul Razak, said that the Farmers Club Project, in addition to agriculture and food security, focused on issues such as Health, Education, Sanitation and other areas that contribute to the development of human capital.
Meanwhile, Finland's ambassador Laura Torvinen, speaking on the project’s approach, said that climate changes require new challenges in agriculture, so we must focus on agriculture conservation, drought-resistant crops and seed storage.
In their turn, farmers are very satisfied with the results of the Farmers' Club project because, according to them, their production has improved significantly and even reduced hunger. In fact, 3 of the 4 districts covered by the Farmers' Club project in Sofala and Zambézia reduced the number of hunger months from 4 to 0.
To ensure greater productivity, the project offered 24 small-scale irrigation systems and built 292 wells with rope pumps making farmers able to diversify crops and introduce vegetable garden cultivation, reducing the risk of crop losses due to rain shortage and provide water for household consumption.
The project also built 4.075 family barns, 15 common warehouses, 20 mills that allowed farmers to reduce the post-harvest losses of the participating farmers up to over 10%, as well as the distances for production processing. This resulted in increasing the availability of food in the barns having passed from an interval of 2-3 months to an interval between 9-12 months.
By the end of November, 14.769 farmers will have received the “right of access and use of land” – DUATs - of their lands through an initiative of the Farmers' Club project and their partner, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland.
"Given the recognition that land conflicts are a reality, the project sought to reduce them by promoting access to the DUATs. Traditionally, farmers use their family lands without official registration. Possibilities of expropriation and disputes are enormous in scenarios of lack of official registration", informs ADPP.
Under the literacy component of the Farmers' Club project, 6.066 women and men were involved in the adult education program and today can perform basic calculations, read information on agricultural product and prices.
It should be noted that throughout the 4 years of implementation of the Farmers' Club project, great results have been achieved, among which are the creation of 312 farmers clubs, consisting of 45 to 50 members each, for which ADPP provided training and assistance through its network of Agricultural Instructors.