Farmers’ Clubs

Meeting with local Farmers Clubs

Five years after the first Jatropha seedlings sprouted in Cabo Delgado

Five years after the first Jatropha seedlings sprouted in Cabo Delgado, Mozambique, local Farmers’ Clubs are using a new bio-fuel center to process the oil contained in the seeds of this unusual tree. Similar to large coffee beans, the non-edible seeds produce a high-quality “green oil” suitable for bio-fuel engines, and versatile enough to be converted into soap, fertilizer and bio-pesticide. Organized by ADPP Mozambique and the FACT Foundation, and supported by Planet Aid, the project involved 1,800 individuals belonging to 36 Farmers’ Clubs. Together they helped plant and cultivate 600,000 Jatropha trees –  far surpassing the original target of 250,000. At the bio-fuel center, farmers and other workers are being trained in various aspects of production, including seed cultivation and plant harvesting, oil production and refinement, and conversion of oil into other products.

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Farmers Club members display their produce

small scale farmers in ‘Farmers Clubs’

 In an interview on a BBC morning news programme presenting this report, the chief scientific advisor for the government Professor Sir John Beddington said: ‘To feed the world’s population the small scale farmers must play a major role. 500 million farmers in the developing world feed a third of the world’s population.Training them to grow more food is a must'. 

For over 10 years Humana People to People has organised small scale farmers in ‘Farmers Clubs’  The programme is proven to be very successful and today 100,000 farmers are organised and trained in farmers clubs in all the countries where Humana People to People implement their development aid work.
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Planet Aid-supported Farmers’ Clubs

Transferring “how-to-knowledge” of FTS is critical if other areas are to benefit. That’s one of the priorities of Planet Aid-supported Farmers’ Clubs throughout Southern Africa. The Clubs organize and mobilize farmers to learn from each other and from agroforestry-trained teachers.

More than 60,000 farmers have been reached through these Clubs. In recent programs, farmers in Malawi planted 4.3 million trees with the assistance of DAPP-Malawi, a Planet Aid partner. Similarly, through a U.S. Department of Agriculture-funded project in Mozambique, Planet Aid and its local partner ADPP have established 3.8 million tree seedlings which are fertilizing soils, helping reduce erosion, serving as live wind-break fencing, and providing a reliable food source from fruit-producing orchards.