Catholic Development Commission (Cadecom), in partnership with Oxfam, has launched a new women’s project in parts of Lilongwe rural.
Speaking at the launch of the Women Access to Markets Project at Mwendera, Traditional Authority (T/A) Masula in Lilongwe on Friday, Cadecom national secretary Casterns Mulume said the project is aimed at helping women to increase their household income by securing reliable markets for their farm produce.
He said the project is focusing on groundnuts because it is a high value crop.
Said Mulume: “The women are now also able to identify markets and determine prices for their crops and they are even able to process the groundnuts to add value.”
In his remarks, Oxfam media and communications coordinator Daud Kayisi welcomed the project as timely because it also aims at making communities climate-resilient.
Said Kayisi: “We are also encouraging conservation agriculture and we are making sure that communities, especially women, internalise the knowledge being imparted, since they are the most hard-hit by effects of climate change.”
The project is also being implemented in Blantyre and Balaka districts.