Farmers' Club Kwanza Sul
Farmers’ Club Kwanza Sul is a predominantly female project, with 1,215 of the 1,750 farmers being women. After an initial three-year period, the project began a consolidation phase in July 2015, with the addition of 250 members in five new clubs. Collaboration with agrarian organizations IDA, EDA and Quibala Municipal Department of Agriculture is strong and bodes well for the future, when the clubs themselves assume full responsibility.
Training in environmentally friendly farming techniques, vegetable cultivation, literacy, and irrigation with the aid of KickStart pumps continue as ever, as do campaigns to improve nutrition, health and sanitation. Malaria was in focus through much of 2016 and the beginning of 2017, with the distribution of 5,500 insecticide treated mosquito nets and a drive to raise awareness about the prevention and treatment of the disease.
Among the elements to be developed are pass-on loan systems, the building of a rural warehouse, the organization of the sale of surplus produce including the opening of shops, and the official registration of the individual clubs. In 2016, the pass-on loan system already involved 30 clubs and 100 animals. Plans for a rural warehouse are advancing, and the majority of clubs are organized with respect to increasing and selling surplus. As regards sales points, the project is assisting members consolidate three locations along the main Huambo to Luanda road, with plans to erect simple shelters and install tables.