The VAD Foundation supports women, youths and schools in the region to adopt modern and sustainable farming through training and financial support. Livestock is one of the major economic activities in the region and needs support in terms of capacity building and enterprise development.
Formation of Village Savings and Loan association (VSLA) is a key indicator for the sustainability of this projects and it is where we are heading. For over the years farmers have been supported by various organizations but fail to yield results. Our approach here is to support model and hardworking individuals/families in terms revolving funds managed by VSLA. The Foundation has adopted this sustainable model for empowering farmers targeting women and youths.
The local farmers are trained on how to improve the yields from their farm by using manure from their livestock. After training, the farmers are given financial support to prepare their farms and seeds to plant. This approach has increased the yields of the local farmers therefore providing food security and economic empowerment. This model has been successful because the local farmers can still keep their livestock and cultivate more acreage of their farms. As for the livestock, the VAD Foundation trains farmers on how to prepare livestock feeds (silage) during rainy season to be used during dry season.
Value addition and post-harvest technology is vital to ensuring food security and reduced food wastage. We have started training small holders’ farmers on these techniques; we hope this initiative can contribute greatly to food security in the region.
The VAD Foundation has established a demonstration farm for training local women farmers. The demonstration farm raises different types of crops that do well in the local community. Currently the demonstration farm raises sorghum, groundnuts, watermelon, pumpkin and local vegetables. The Foundation plans to introduce other types of crops such as maize, beans, cassava among other high yielding crops.
In addition to demonstration farm, the Foundation has also initiated aquaculture as part of the livelihood programs. Fishing is one of the livelihood activities for the local community. Through training women and youth are empowered to adopt modern fish farming methods that guarantees them supply of fish throughout the year therefore reducing food insecurity.