“Farmers’ Clubs with Climate-Smart Agriculture for improved resilience and livelihoods of Small Scale Farmers in Kavango East and West ”
The Farmers’ Clubs project works with 1,000 small scale farmers in the Kavango East & West regions to mitigate the effects of climate change through the use of conservation agriculture methods to increase food production and household food security in an environmentally sustainable way.
- Each Farmers’ Club has established a common demonstration garden where the project has assisted with fencing, irrigation from the river, a water tank, pipes and water pump as well as hand tools, wheelbarrows and seeds. This is where the club members meet under a shady tree for information sessions, planning and discussion with their Farming Instructor and where members have their own rows of vegetables to take care of.
- Farmers’ Club members are also having access to rain-fed demo fields where Conservation Agriculture (CA) methods are demonstrated by an Agriculture Technician. After seeing that the harvest from the demo fields achieved a much better yield than fields where the traditional methods were used many farmers were ready to practice the CA methods in their own fields.
In 2018 the Farmers’ Clubs project had 19 clubs with 730 active members.