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TEVETA to train 5130 youths in climate smart agriculture

Written by  Hannifah Mtuwakale

Nkhata Bay, February 8: Technical Entrepreneurial and Vocational Education Training Authority (TEVETA) will train 5130 youths in the country in Climate Smart Agriculture to protect their livelihoods in rural communities.

Speaking Tuesday in Nkhata Bay during a District Executive Committee (DEC) meeting, Project Officer Nicholas Msowoya said the project will orient young farmers on agricultural systems suitable for climate change to ensure food security in the country.

Msowoya said the skills for Resilience Project will, among other things, include developing and implementing high quality certified vocational training courses in Climate Smart Agriculture for smallholder farmers.

“Our main goal is to contribute towards full and equitable access to employment for youths in Malawi, as we all know that unemployment is high in the country,” Msowoya said.

He added that the project will also involve short part-time courses suitable for self-employed subsistence or small-scale cash crop farmers who cannot afford to be away from their fields for longer periods.

Msowoya said the project, which will run for five years, is expected to help farmers to sustainably increase agricultural productivity and incomes as well as adopt and build resilience to climate change.

Funded by the Norwegian Association of Disabled (NAD) to the tune of K900 million, the project will also target people with disabilities and women.

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