Going Nuts

OVERVIEW


The overall project objective is to develop the private sector by establishing a sustainable peanut value chain in Malawi through inclusive business. This is expected to be achieved by setting up an infrastructure for diversified quality groundnuts products and small scale farmers become linked to international, regional and domestic markets. The groundnuts farmers shall be provided with intensive training on growing and handling groundnuts focusing on increasing yield and reducing aflatoxin levels.

RESULT AREAS


-- Result Area 1: Project Design.
-- Result Area 2: Increase sustainable production of quality groundnuts through training of 48,400 farmers
-- Result Area 3: Improvement of infrastructure through establishment of a peanut processing plant
-- Result Area 4: Increased domestic sales and export of peanut products processed and produced by Afrinut

OBJECTIVES


-- To increase production of quality groundnuts by increasing productivity from 800 kg/ha to 1,500 kg/ha;
-- To increase volume of quality groundnuts sold by farmers in the project to Afrinut from < 100 tons to 1,500 tons; and
-- To strengthen the organisational systems of farmer groups to ensure long-term business viability and economic sustainability.

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PROJECT PROGRESS


NASFAM and Exagris Africa are each supposed to reach 20,000 farmers by 2020. DAPP Chiradzulu has 2400 farmers and DAPP Dowa has 6000 farmers. In total the farmers in the program are supposed to be 48,400. Mainly these farmers are reached through the lead farmers. This means all the organisations have the lead farmers and most of the trainings are given to the lead farmers who in the end train their follow up farmers. Exagris and NASFAM have not yet reached the target of 20,000 farmers each as they are still registering whilst DAPP already reached its target.

Up to date, 211 trainings have been conducted. 18,322 women and 3011 men have attended different trainings with topics mainly on good agricultural practices on groundnuts production and management. Examples being land preparations, timely planting, crop management, scouting for pest and diseases and its control, pre and post-harvest management and also Aflatoxin control and management. The main aim being that the farmers produce good and quality groundnuts, aflatoxin free which is competitive on the world market. Other topics are record keeping, gross margin analysis, Village savings and loans, strengthening bargaining power and marketing.

These farmers are organised in either clubs, associations or cooperatives according to the partner organisation.

For the field officers to track the progress of the farmers and also to be able to measure their knowledge on aflatoxin management, 4000 farmers were sampled and they have been registered in the digital monitoring tool. The field officers were trained to collect data from these farmers using the digital monitoring tool.  The training was conducted   by Sjors de Wildt from OneSixty, a UK based IT company and Simone Weert of Sympany.

Mobile phones for the Digital Monitoring tools were distributed to all partner organizations and the officers signed a contract for it. There are questionnaires in the phones which the field officers ask the sampled farmers who are registered. This means that the field officers collect the data from the sampled farmers and after that they are submitted to the database which is in Netherlands. The first part was the baseline and from October 2017, they will be doing the follow up from the farmers in order to be able to rate them as from 2016 when the baseline was conducted. The farmers who are registered in the digital tool will be followed up to the end of the project

In order to increase the production of groundnuts, Going Nuts emphasizes on double row planting. This means that the farmers should plant their ground nuts on double rows and not on single rows.

Going Nuts also supported the lead farmers by providing the hardware. These are equipment that were given to the farmers and these were stationary, push bikes, cell phones, protective clothes like rain suits, gumboots and also dust coats. They were also provided with ground nuts seeds for their demonstration plots. They will also receive hardware this coming planting season.