“I managed to grow five tons of maize, 600 kilograms of beans and three tons of vegetables”, says a participant in the Chitanda project – Angola

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The Chitanda project was launched in 2020 in the municipalities of Jamba and Chicomba in the province of Huila in Angola and has already established six field training centers which have benefited more than 210 farmers. The initiative aims to expand knowledge based on innovative farming methods, strengthen links between farmers and local markets and promote good nutritional practices.

Under the Chitanta project, farmer field schools are set up for farmers. In these schools, farmers can share and exchange their experiences and learn various new agricultural techniques which they can then apply in their fields. Farmer Field Schools also serve as a space for community development. Once farmers have been trained, they have the option of applying for government assistance and receiving bank loans to purchase agricultural tools. The goal is to increase production and promote financial security for individual families and the village as a whole.

As part of the Chitanda project, it is important to develop and implement climate-resilient mechanisms that are sustainable. An important factor is that farmers are able to pass on the techniques they have learned to other farmers in the village, thus contributing to community development.

This includes the small-scale distribution of agricultural tools and seeds to individual farmer field schools and to the farmers themselves, which are used during training sessions where farmers learn techniques to increase productivity. During the trainings, farmers also learn new techniques to prepare land for sowing and improve soil quality, as well as to identify and control pests.

“We are very grateful for this project and wish it lasts longer. It has helped us a lot to have a better harvest. Specifically, I have grown five tons of corn, 600 kilograms of beans and three tons of vegetables ( cabbage, onions, tomatoes and cabbage), which I sold at the village market and bought three heads of cattle with the money I earned,” explains Andrade Vasco, who completed the training in the village from Capengo.

The project also includes a good nutrition awareness campaign, with the aim of reducing malnutrition rates in communities due to a lack of knowledge about a good mix of local foods.

“During the lectures, we were taught good nutritional practices, including: preparing food properly to avoid illnesses caused by poor hygiene and combining foods to have a balanced diet. We also talked about the importance of personal hygiene and environmental cleanliness,” Andrade said. Vasco adds.

Finally, the project focuses on the possibility of selling vegetables in markets, with our team contacting buyers, transporters and organizers to grow the products and sell them in markets.

This project was implemented by People in Need (PIN) in collaboration with Action for Solidarity and Development (ASD), under the auspices of Instituto Camões (IP) through the Fresan program, with the financial support of the European Union (EU) and co-financing of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Pretoria.

Authors: Edson Malongo, Veronika Gabrielova, PIN Angola Communications, Communications Manager

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