Farmers’ Club Kuando Kubango
FC Kuando Kubango ran from 2013 to 2016 as an ADPP-managed project, with financial support from the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UFF Finland. The project comprised 1,000 members divided among 20 Farmers Clubs.
Over the course of the project, the farmers learned and adopted modern conservation agriculture techniques, improved access to water for their fields and homes, increased production of staple crops, grew and sold their own vegetables after years of travelling some distance to buy them, gained literacy skills, and became aware about the prevention and treatment of common debilitating illness such as malaria and diarrhea. Eight of the clubs had established common selling systems, improving prices and reducing transport costs when taking produce to be sold at local markets.
FC Kuando Kubango continues to function, with the club committees taking responsibility for organizing activities, promoting assistance between farmers, and encouraging members to persist with the practice of environmentally sustainable methods. EPF Kuando Kubango remains connected to the project, with trainee teachers carrying out micro projects in communities around the rural schools where they spend their final year undertaking teaching practice. The micro projects are aimed at improving health and well-being through nutrition education, vegetable gardens and tree planting.