The farmers included in the project receive training from We Effect and get paid to deliver crops that are served for lunch at ten schools around the country. A total of 15,000 students now receive lunch every day at school, something that is very rare in Malawi. Mercy Kasokoneza, a 26 year old farmer with a three hectares of land outside the town Mangochi, has participated in the project with positive outcome – both for her personally and for the local community.
“Our harvests have increased in the last couple of years and we have afforded to build a new house and buy chickens and goats. Before, we burned or removed the crop residues that remained on the ground after the harvest, which was very time-consuming. Now, we leave on the field which is better for the soil. I can focus more on developing my farming now”, says Mercy Kasokoneza, whose daughter is one of the children that receive school meals every day.
Lantmännen continuously seeks new ways to add value in the entire chain from field to fork – and is therefore proud to contribute to this self-help project allowing farmers to further develop their farming and bring their produce to the market.