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Fostering greater resilience among communities now and in the future through enhancing local food production

With fund available will support 50 farming families heavily affected by COVID 19 pandemic with farm inputs to kick start their livelihoods

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The onset of COID 19 pandemic has brought drastic disruption of livelihoods through restrictions and lock down imposed by authorities and various levels.  Malawi as one of the poorest countries in the world, the COVID 19 crisis has set the most vulnerable households in Malawi back further and heightens their susceptibility to fall further into food insecurity, and poverty for the medium and long term The restriction of movements and closure of markets have negatively impacted the smallholder farmers who sell their produce to earn money for their daily necessities and purchase farm inputs for the next growing season. So when this has been disrupted, it directly affected their sustenance for now and the future thereby pushing them to abject poverty of highest magnitude. With rapid assessment done by our field officers it has discovered that 200 farming families are facing critical famine in Bolero area now and the future creating long term effects on food security and household income. As communities in Bolero have been hit by COVID 19 crisis, compound crises have seriously affected the most vulnerable peoples’ food and nutrition security and eroded traditional coping mechanisms, whilst depleting assets.

The most affected with disaster are women and children and it is the women who are heavily abused in crisis of this nature. In this community women are the main source of food and income through small farming and small business such bank mukhonde (Village savings and loans) very common source of income in the area. So drastic disruptions of the livelihoods which the people depended on much of their daily food and other basics for human survivor has made women to social abuse as they cannot contribute to put food on the table. This COVID crisis has also exacerbated malnutrition among the children which if not addressed can increase the already high death rates in children caused by malnutrition in most developing countries like Malawi.

This solution  therefore is designed to address the crisis and post-COVID19 effects by fostering resilience among the communities through provision of farm inputs to farming families to kick start their livelihoods after the COVID 19 crisis.


What is the need are you focusing on?

The most need that the solution is designed to address the crisis and post-COVID19 effects by fostering resilience among the communities through provision of food supplement to heavily affected and provision of farm inputs to farming families to kick start their livelihoods after the COVID 19 crisis.



Which type of submission are you sharing?

  • Identifying a gap that needs to be addressed

Describe the business pivot or adaptation in 3-4 sentences.

Our idea is to build coping mechanism of the people in the community during and aftermath of the COVID 19 crisis by supporting the most vulnerable with food. The work will ensure food security during aftermath of the crisis to the most affected vulnerable people in the community. (KAWORIC) carry on productive, sustainable rice businesses and services which will contribute to poverty alleviation through employment creation, raising income levels for poor resourced women in the community we serve. The impact of the work is to reduce malnutrition among the children and other vulnerable people.

Do you plan to implement this solution?

  • Yes

Describe the impact that this solution will create in the world.

The work will significantly contribute to achievement of UN sustainable development goals 1,2,3,4,5. Th e work will help 50 households (300 people) directly and 15000 people indirectly. The work is intended to be implemented for 6 months, 3 months during the crisis and 3 months of recovery.

What is the name of your business or organization?

Karonga Women Rice Cooperative

What does your business/company do? Whose needs does your business/company address? Who do you serve?

Karonga Women Rice Cooperative (KAWORIC) carry on productive, sustainable rice businesses and services which will contribute to poverty alleviation through employment creation, raising income levels for poor resourced women in the community we serve. We exist to fight poverty and illiteracy among women through supporting girls education by paying fees to poor girls and supporting building facilities at school that make a conducive environment for girls education. We also carry on any other activities which may seem to the Group to be conducive to its interests generally and to the interests of the community that the Group is established to serve.

What is your profession?

I am qualified Publlic Health professional with 15 years of experience.

Where are you located (country)?

Malawi

Where are you located (region)?

  • Southern Africa

What industry is your business/company in?

  • Agriculture/Farming
  • Entrepreneur/Investor

How many people does your business/company employ?

  • 0-10

How old is your business/company?

  • 2-5 years old

Which classification describes your organization/business?

  • Social Enterprise

What kind of stakeholders and partnerships are needed to pursue this solution?

  • Funding- Grants
  • Funding- Loans
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- NGOs
  • Stakeholders/Partnerships- Civil Society Groups

Do you need help building partnerships and finding partners?

  • Yes

If Yes to the above, please share 1-2 sentences describing the specific help you desire.

We looking partners to collaborate in ending extreme poverty and ill health among the people in the community.

What do you think are the main barriers to implementing this solution?

The main barriers are one funding and another restrictions made by authorities to curb the pandemic.

If you are currently working on a pivot, what have you learned so far?

We have learnt that supporting those who are most vulnerable we are helping to foster resilience among the people so that the positively cope with the creently COVD 19 crisis

Are you aware of any open source efforts, hackathons or other collaborative efforts related to your solution? Are you participating in these efforts?

NO

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