This project contributes to Kulima's specific objective: Promoting sustainable agricultural growth and incomes to enhance food and nutrition security in Malawi within the context of a changing climate.
The project activities are mainly articulated around
(1) institutionalisation of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS) approach in the national extension system,
(2) provision of quality assurance for establishment and operationalization of the FFS approach, and
(3) capacity development through specific training around the FFS approach addressing the challenges faced by farmers.
On the specific aspect of capacity development, it is expected that at the end of the project, a critical mass of Farmer Field Schools Facilitators will exist within the Government extension service system. At least 600 FFS Master Trainers and 8 000 Community Based Facilitators will be trained. They in turn will support at least 13 400 community outreach groups with over 400 000 productive farming families. These farming families will be assisted to sustainably improve agricultural productivity, diversification and hence income generation.
Activities are currently carried out around 3 Residential Training centres (RTCs) at Thuchira, Mzuzu and Lisasadzi. Through the experiential learning, diversification and integrated production practices (including sustainable control of pests and diseases and integrated soil and land management) are promoted. The following commodities are currently covered: poultry, banana, maize, tomato, onions, eggplants, cabbages, indigenous vegetables, groundnuts, pigeon pea, beans, sweet potato, cassava and cowpea.