NGO Consortium led by GORTA Self Help Africa, in partnership with Actionaid Malawi, Plan International UK and the Evangelical Association of Malawi.

“Better Extension Training Transforming Economic Returns (BETTER)

This intervention is aimed at ensuring increased income and food security for 402,000 smallholder farmers in 10 KULIMA districts, using the Farmer Field School (FFS) approach to deliver extension services to farmers. The intervention is guided by three Strategic Objectives:

Objective One

To strengthen agricultural extension services through 13,400 FFS groups in order to secure effective and productive services for smallholder farmers in 10 KULIMA districts, resulting in better localised transfer and adoption of contextually appropriate approaches and technologies.

Objective Two

To increase the absorptive/anticipatory, adaptive and transformative capacities of 402,000 smallholder farmers to adapt to adverse effects of climate change and improve food security in 78 Extension Planning Areas (EPAs) in 10 KULIMA districts.

Objective Three

To improve food security for 402,000 farmers through effective livelihood diversification and technology transfer.

Strategic Direction

The intervention is aimed at promoting crop diversification, which is considered to be a vital element in raising incomes, improving food security and nutrition outcomes and reducing poverty for targeted households.

Interventions are being implemented in the 10 districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Kasungu, Salima, Nkhotakota, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje.


News from the Field

Result Areas

Result One

402,000 smallholder farmers have improved skills and knowledge to increase agriculture productivity through effective, efficient and inclusive agriculture extension services.

Result Two

Improved district-based knowledge management, agriculture extension services and farmer­ based experiential learning.

Result Three

402, 000 smallholder farmers have increased crop diversification and improved adoption of integrated technologies.

Result Four

402, 000 smallholder farmers have access to EWS, savings and loans facilities and training in Climate Smart Agri culture in all the 78 EPAs in KULIMA Districts.

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Our hard working and committed team working on the project.

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Self Help Africa (NGO Consortium Lead Agency)

Tel: +265 (1) 759 910
Cell: +265992555768