Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare has hailed the role non-governmental organisations (NGOs) play in eradicating poverty among the vulnerable people in society.
The ministry’s under-secretary, Austin Owen Luhanga, said this in Dowa on Friday during celebrations on achievements of farmers in the passing year organised and funded by Development Aid from People to People (Dapp).
He observed that without NGOs, poverty, especially among vulnerable populations, would be difficult to eradicate.
Said Luhanga: “As government, we take NGOs activities very seriously because the efforts they make contribute to poverty eradication.”
The celebration day, among others, discussed a wide range of issues that highlighted social and economic empowerment of females, vulnerable adolescent through vocational and life skills training and gender equality.
Luhanga said government was pleased to learn that club members are trained in conservation agriculture and diversification and that the initiatives have boosted their yields.
Project coordinator for the initiative, Alex Halale, said Dapp celebrates the day with farmers to enable them share experiences and plan activities for the next quarter.
He said: “Most farmers are facing challenges with their farming businesses because they do not work as a team. As Dapp, we thought of bringing farmers together so that we strengthen them.”
Dapp has been in existence in Malawi for 20 years and works with government in various programmes in health, education, community development and agriculture. n