Action Aid Malawi has embarked a goat pass on scheme to support women farmers in Mchinji.
Action Aid Malawi Cluster Manager for Central Region, Wongani Mugaba, said the scheme is meant to ensure that women own livestock and are empowered economically.
Mugaba made the remarks on Monday at Chimkoko in Mchinji during a goat handover to three women groups.
The organisation has partnered with Kapiri Community Development Organisation (KACODO) to support women in Traditional Authority (TA) Dambe.
“The scheme is an initiative to enable women focus on livestock farming as one way of diversifying their farming.
“Women should have their own assets to guarantee them control, because if they own something they have a better say in decision making at their households in addition to economic benefits,” he said.
According to Mugaba, statistics show that women are most affected by poverty hence the need to be resilient to different types of shocks especially during drought so that they can still sustain their livelihood.
KACODO Executive Director, Linda Kabanda Nkhoma, said women in the area fail to realise profits from crop farming due to lack of markets to sell their produce at good prices.
“With support from Action Aid we are helping these women to start livestock farming to support their families,” she said.
Mchinji District Gender Officer, Mariana Kanjirawaya, advised the women to ensure that the goats are well taken care of so that more women benefit from the scheme.
“I advise you to use the scheme to change your lives. I also call on men to support women in ensuring that the scheme is a success,” she said.
She commended KACODO and Action Aid Malawi for supporting women farmers in the district.
The organisation is supporting 30 women. The women are expected to pass on the goats after they breed to fellow women. It is expected that 150 women will benefit from the scheme in the next three years.
Source: MANA Online