By: Vincent Gunde
The Christian Service Committee ( CSC), will implement Promoting Right to Food and Community Resilience to Effects of Natural Disasters project in Ntchisi and Dowa districts.
This is a_ two year project which will come to an end on 31st December, 2020 reaching out to 525 beneficiaries in each of the two districts, Ntchisi and Dowa.
In Ntchisi, the project will be implemented in the areas of T/As Kalumo and Chilooko covering two EPAs Chipuka and Malomo while in Dowa, in the areas of T/As Mkukula and Msakambewa covering Chivala EPA.
Speaking during a District executive council committee meeting held at the Dowa boma, CSCs project officer, Stiveria Ndala, said the project has an overall goal of contributing to food and income security and building of resilience to natural disasters by women, men and youth in Malawi.
Ndala said the project will see women and youth of Ntchisi and Dowa have increased food and incomes and actively participate in resilience building activities by the year 2020.
She said marginalised women, men and youth in rural communities of Ntchisi and Dowa will engage duty bearers to demand agricultural services and access to productive resources with the rural communities resilient to the effects of natural disasters.
The officer said the project will ensure that vulnerable households in Dowa and Ntchisi districts are income and food secure through increased crop production and diversified income sources.
She said among the activities lined up for the project to be successfully implemented, will be the distribution of high value crops in the solar Irrigation scheme in Dowa and in individual sites in Ntchisi district, formation of two agricultural marketing cooperatives and establishment of Village Saving and Loan ( VSL) clubs.
Ndala said the project will provide trainings in the marketing, use of organic manure and agro forestry as well as formation and revamping of Village Disaster Management Committees ( VDMC) with community awarenesses and panel discussions on the right to food.
In his remarks, District Commissioner for Dowa, Alex Mdooko, called on all project implementors to take on board sector heads who will be providing technical expertise leading to the success of the project in the two districts.
Mdooko said sectors concerned provide a crucial role in making sure that the projects are in line with the communities needs so as to enhance cooperation, transparency and accountability.
The project, Promoting Right to Food and Community Resilience to Effects of Natural Disasters will be implemented in Ntchisi and Dowa districts with funds for Danish Church Aid ( DCA) amounting to Mk125,424,082.91.