Widows’ rural agricultural project:
Malaria is a poverty disease; our goal is to reduce hunger and poverty by increasing food security. In Africa, widows are generally the poorest of the poor and the least protected by the law. Widows contribute substantially to household, healthcare, economy and often provide most or all of the support for themselves and their children. They are the primary subsistence food producers. While middle aged people migrate to the city in search of white collar job, widows remains the force of local food production for the local population.
But widows do not have rights of inheritance and cannot inherit their husband’s land after death; especially if they do not have a male heir. They find it very difficult to make a living. Most of them are abused, violated before they could be given a piece of land to farm on. The Green Revolution approaches were tried but failed in Sub-Saharan Africa, but hunger subsists. Widows need help out of the patriarchal land tenure system which discriminates against them if the millennium goal’s (MDG) aim of reducing the number of hungry people by 50%.
Since malaria is a poverty disease, our goal is to reduce hunger and poverty by increasing sustainable agricultural practices. To achieve this, CHAMA:
- Lease agricultural land for rural women who are willing to farm, but do not have access to land
- Provide capacity trainings for small farm holders on best farming practices
- Link farmers to fair – market outlet to sell their product - Reliable markets for their products and good information
- Provide farm inputs such fertilizers to rural farmers
- Provide improved seedlings, such as (seedlings, cassava, maize and vegetables)
- Subsistence poultry management
- Partnering with other NGOs and institutions with similar goals such as Agricultural Innovation Platform (AIP)