Producers’ Clubs (SUSTAIN)
This project focus was on responding to the increasing pressure from climate change on communities in 3 different districts in the Zambezi Valley, Tete province.
Its main objective was to promote synergies between natural resources and agricultural and fishing practices in order to increase farmers, producers and fishers productivity and income. The project started in July 2016 and ended in December 2019. It supported 2,000 small-scale farmers, fishermen and 1500 collectors of selected non-timber forest products, namely baobab and honey in Marara, Cahora Bassa and Mágoè districts. The farmers and fishers were organised in 40 clubs. The project benefitted approximately 17,500 people.
The introduction of climate resilient water and landscape management practices created sustainable economic growth for farmers, producers and fishers participating in the project and created important awareness in general by involving public institutions and local private companies.
Key Results 2019: The 2,000 club members were trained in agriculture best practices, farm planning, animal husbandry, and sustainable fishing and fish conservation techniques; while 1,500 community members living in the buffer zone of the Magoé National Park were trained in honey production and baobab collection, processing and handling.
Out of the 3,500 members who received the regular training 64% were women and the training included business planning and establishing savings and loan schemes.
The training combined practice in the demonstration fields and followed up by systematic coaching from the project instructors. This resulted in the reduction of soil degradation and erosion (e.g. by planting of 89,000 seedlings of forest, fruit, shade and foder trees), introduction of improved breeds of cattle and goats species and improved fishing techniques, contributed to increased access to water for irrigation and consumption. These improvements led to increased production and productivity. The project also facilitated the legalization of 10 out of the 40 clubs as Associations (formally registered as legal associations).
The project improved the livelihoods of the members through the establishment of market linkages and sales and generating an equivalent of $100,000 from honey and baobab sales; $82,000 from the sale of agriculture produce and $15,000 from fish sales in the last year of the project.
The project also contributed to the promotion of partnerships and discussions among key stakeholders aimed at establishing a joint platform for sustainable management of the natural resources in the 3 districts.
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