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DAPP Malawi phase out women farmers club project in Dowa

Written by  Tiyanjane Mambucha

Dowa, January 12, 2018: Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) has wound up its 2015-2017 Women Farmers Club Project in Dowa District after achieving a number of successes in various areas of people’s livelihood the project worked on.

The project was multi-dimensional, working in various sectors like agriculture, human health, economic empowerment and environment. It was a continuation of phase 1 project which ran from 2012-2015 in Traditional Authority Mkukula in the district.

Commenting on the project, Project Coordinator of DAPP Farmers Club, Fabiano Montfort said the project targeted 4250 women farmers with an overall objective of reducing poverty and increasing equality in Dowa District.

“The organisation registered achievements through improved agricultural and livestock production, improved capacity of the target group to implement income-generating activities at household level, establishment of women-led cooperatives capable to run profitable businesses sustainably for the benefit of their members.

“The project also saw improved health, sanitation and hygiene, and increased inclusion of people with disabilities in social and economic activities in the target areas,” said Fabiano.

He lamented that the project met serious challenges such as low market price for the produce, resistance from other men whose wives were project beneficiaries and stealing of rope and washer pumps materials.  

District Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) coordinator, Timothy Banda, expressed concern on the sustainability of WASH activities that the project had, saying DAPP did not involve his office which is always on the ground even when the projects phase out.  

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