We are excited to announce the launch a new agricultural programme in Malawi thanks to the generous support of the innocent foundation.
The innocent foundation previously partnered with us between 2008-2009 on a project in Central and Northern Malawi. They have now renewed their support in MicroLoan by committing to fund a new three-year soya agricultural programme which aims to improve the food security and nutrition of female farmers in the country. The pilot will work with 650 female smallholder farmers, teaching them to grow soya beans.
Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries where 74% of the population of 16.8 million people still lives below the income poverty line of $1.25 a day. The vast majority of Malawi’s impoverished population are smallholder farmers who struggle to grow enough to provide for themselves and their families.
We want to change that.
With the introduction of soya bean farming, MicroLoan and innocent foundation hope to improve the quality and quantity of our clients harvests. We will provide women with soya seed and fertiliser loans as well as specific training to help them increase their product.
Having a greater harvest will allow these women to feed their families and sell any extra stock to earn an income.
Our CEO Peter Ryan said:
“innocent foundation’s commitment to address issues of extreme poverty, food insecurity and malnourishment has made this partnership a perfect alignment of values. We hope that this new project will not only improve their food security, but also teach them lifelong skills which will benefit future generations”.
Soya is a vital source of nourishment to our women and their families. It contains more protein per acre of land than any other crop as well as a wide range of vitamins and minerals. We are confident that this new programme will help women have improved food security.