21 Associations from ADPP Nhamatanda Farmers Clubs were legalized by SDAE.
21 Associations from Nhamatanda Farmers Club project, implemented by ADPP Mozambique, had their documents legalized and became Agro-Livestock associations considered of right. The mandamus was issued by the District Services of Economic Activities (SDAE) at the end of September 2016.
Legalization of Farmers club Associations gives them a necessary legal basis for effective participation in the farmers market. In this way, small farmers acquire the possibility of establishing contracts with buyers and are represented with legitimacy and representation in local decision making processes. For example, these associations are eligible to participate in the Local Advisory Councils and other forums of decision making. The market intervention in organized groups and / or associations gives farmers greater bargaining power compared to its buyers and the possibility of access to bank financing as well as the local development funds more spare capacity of its loans.
The Nhamatanda Farmers Club Project has the support from the Local Economic Development Program (PRODEL), the Mozambican government and is funded by the European Union. It aims at improving food security and household income and advocate for gender equity. To this end, the project is helping farmers to organize themselves into associations, to increase agricultural productivity and improve post-harvest management practices. It will also help in income activities and job creation by assisting in the production of cash crops and breeding and sale of animals, especially for vulnerable groups, and link producers to markets.
The expected impact of the project is to improve food security and financial resilience of 2,000 rural families. With an average size of 5.9 people per household in nhamatanda, the total number of direct beneficiaries of the project is about 10,000 people. With about half the implementation time of the program elapsed, it is clear that farmers are improving their productivity and their income. Despite the many challenges, climatic and other, already registered in the second year of implementation, the lives of farmers has improved incrementally. The 40 planned Clubs were established at the beginning of the project and through new learning, its members managed to improve its production in exceptionally difficult times.
To strengthen the proactive and sustainability of the clubs ability, and as expected, they were legalized in the form of associations. As empowerment strategy of its members, they are learning about their rights to the land and the rights of social protection for the most vulnerable. Joining the empowerment strategy, the Project promotes, in collaboration with the District Directorate of Education and Human Development, literacy programs including literacy and numeracy, providing capacity for members to read, write and do calculations. Presently, 637 farmers are involved in the literacy program.