Women’s Farmers’ Clubs Kwanza Sul
Women’s Farmers’ Clubs Kwanza Sul was first established in 2012. A second phase was initiated in 2015, to consolidate and build upon the initial achievements. In 2017, there were 33 clubs and 1650 members, 1115 of whom were female farmers.
The project enjoys a sound collaboration with the Quibala department of the Institute for Agrarian Development, and was invited to participate in the official opening of the 2017-2018 Provincial Agricultural Season at Farm Americano, in the company of the guest of honour, the Provincial Governor, as well as the Provincial Agriculture Director and the Administrator of Quibala. Farmers’ Clubs committee members continued learning such topics as composting techniques, recording methods, animal care, nutrition, capacity building, leadership, planting schedules, soya bean cultivation and nutrition, and the establishment and management of savings clubs. Club members attended refresher courses in conservation farming, and developed their skills in vegetable cultivation, including the establishment of plant nurseries, as part of the promotion of healthy and nutrition-rich diets. Individual farm visits confirmed the practice of mulching, ridging and spacing, pothole planting, intercropping, and the use of organic compost and KickStart water pumps. All 33 clubs reported positively about plans to improve health and nutrition, and the distribution of 600 mosquito nets towards the end of the year, in addition to the 5500 distributed previously, assisted greatly in their plans. The animal pass-on loan system, started in Women’s Farmers’ Clubs Kwanza Sul in late 2015, grew from 72 to 106 pigs by the beginning of 2017. Clubs at Kilala, Piloto, Kitula and Zumba subsequently raised and passed on a further 64 piglets and six goats. As a relatively well-established project, Kwanza Sul clubs are organized on increasing and selling surplus. Low-cost, low-tech seed banks have been introduced. Seven clubs decided to use part of their savings to buy food for end-of-year celebrations, and clubs with established savings schemes participated in lessons about basic business skills. A number of farmers have reached the stage where they investigate the market in advance of harvesting, to know which products to sell, where and at what price. The sale of produce is being facilitated thanks to the construction of eight rural market stalls. Literacy training continued during 2017.
- 33 Clubs
- 1650 Club members
- 10 Monthly training sessions for 165 committee members
- 2447 Visits to farmers’ fields
- 1797 Farmers receive nutrition education
- 1395 Farmers receive health education
- 33 Model/demonstration fields
- 1422 Farmers receive training on environmentally friendly agricultural techniques
- 8 Rural market stalls constructed to facilitate sale of agricultural products
- 70 Animals bred and distributed via pass-on loan system
- 7 Clubs established Savings and Loans systems
- 33 Sets of vegetable seeds and tools distributed to clubs
- 335 Farmers completed Module 2 and 130 completed Module 3 of literacy training