Small-scale farmers in Nkhata Bay have said Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (Better)-Kulima project has improved their knowledge and increased yields.
Speaking during a field day on Tuesday in Senior Chief Fukamapiri’s area, Lifupa Farmer Field School chairperson Msatero Chirwa said many small-holder farmers now have improved skills and knowledge to increase agriculture productivity through effective, efficient and inclusive agriculture extension services.
“We are focusing more on agro-ecological systems analysis which enables us to validate research findings on a particular crop,” he said.
Senior Chief Fukamapiri encouraged his people to utilise the knowledge gained by practising what they learn.
Meanwhile, Better-Kulima project coordinator at Action Aid Malawi Greshan Kamnyamata, said they expect smallholder farmers to increase crop diversification and adoption of integrated technologies.
The project involves capacity building of master trainers, including agricultural extension development coordinator and agricultural extension development officers who in turn train and mentor community-based facilitators.
The project is being implemented by ActionAid Malawi with funding from the European Union through Self Help Africa.