Farmers’ Clubs are a way of organising small scale farmers in rural areas to improve food security, alleviate poverty and promote rural development. The farmers are organised in Farmers’ Clubs in groups of 50. Each Club elects its own Committee to lead activities. The Club members are trained in low cost, low tech methods to improve their production and have access to technical support, and training in basic management and entrepreneurship. The focus is on improved methods, increased crop diversity, higher productivity and protecting the environment. The training emphasizes practical lessons and “learning by doing”.
A key feature is the use of model fields, which give the farmers the opportunity to work and learn together and experience positive results before taking the decision to implement the new methods in their own fields.
The Farmers’ Clubs concept is developed by Humana People to People and ADPP Angola. It contributes to the National Strategy of the Angolan Government, promoting increased and diversified agricultural production, food security and improvement of the rural economy.
The goal is to empower farmers to achieve food security and start producing a surplus to sell in the market during the 3 years of the project.
The expected results of the Farmers’ Club programme are:
Each farmer is organized together with his or her fellow farmers
The farmers take care of and improve their land using environmentally friendly methods
The farmers improve their access to water for irrigation
The farmers provide their families with sufficient and nutritious food
The farmers improve the health and well-being of their families
The farmers increase their production and market their surplus
The farmers increase their wealth
- 6.700 Farmers: 1170 in Cabinda, 1.530 Cunene, 750 Bengo, 1000 Kuando Kubango, 1.500 Kwanza Sul and 750 Kwanza Norte
- 130 clubs: Cabinda 20, Kwanza Sul 30, Kwanza Norte 15, Cunene 30, Bengo 15 and Kuando Kubango 20.
- 2.594 farmers in literacy training in Kwanza Sul, Kwanza Norte, Kuando Kubango and Cunene
- 7.000 field visits to individual farmers
- 100s of model fields and 130 vegetable gardens between all clubs
- 1.343 wood saving stoves in use in Cabinda, Kwanza Sul and Kwanza Norte
- 629 waste pits dug in Kuando Kubango
- 20 Village Water Technicians trained in Cunene
- 12 nurseries established in Cabinda and 4,210 seedlings grown
- 5.000 trees distributed for planting Cabinda
- 20 small warehouses built for storage Cabinda
- 1 warehouse built in Kwanza Sul for repair and production of rope pumps
- 22 handovers of goats, pigs or ducks in the Cabinda pass-on loan system
- 80 pigs, 54 goats and 16 chickens in the Kwanza Sul pass-on loan system