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Interventions to support crop production recovery from the impacts of the El Nino-induced drought in Swaziland

Interventions to support crop production recovery from the impacts of the El Nino-induced drought in Swaziland

Full title of the project:

Interventions to support crop production recovery from the impacts of the El Nino-induced drought in Swaziland

Target areas:

Eswatini

Recipient:
Contribution:
USD 899 279
01/06/2017-28/02/2018
Project code:
OSRO/SWA/602/USA
Objective:

To safeguard livelihoods and enhance the food and nutrition security of 10 000 households that have been affected by the EI-Nino induced drought in Eswatini.

Key partners:

Ministry of Agriculture, NGOs.

Beneficiaries reached:

9 874 households.

Activities implemented:
  • Distributed a livelihood emergency package which included open-pollinated variety maize seeds, sorghum seeds, groundnut seeds, bean seeds, and vegetable seeds to 9 874 households.
  • Established an input voucher system and input-specific debit cards.
  • Facilitated seed distribution through local community-based organizations and chiefdom committees to verified farmers.
  • Conducted 60 training sessions and trained 625 lead farmers on conservation agriculture.
  • Trained 184 lead farmers on conducting conservation agriculture demonstrations and on supporting other farmers as part of a resilience building strategy.
  • Distributed quality visual training materials to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of extension services in communities across the country.
  • Trained MoA staff in conservation agriculture techniques and climate smart agriculture practices
  • Established model maize cribs for maize commodity groups in four constituencies to support resilience building and post-harvest loss reduction.
Impact:
  • Improved food security and livelihoods in El Niño drought-affected households.
  • Produced an average of 2.5 tonnes/ha of maize and 0.8 tonnes of beans.
  • Strengthened resilience capacities of MoA staff and beneficiaries.
  • Improved farmer linkages to markets.
  • Trained 625 farmers who improve their agricultural production and transferred capacity on climate resilience to other beneficiary households.