Various communities in the Wa west, and upper west and eastern areas
Tractor services are provided at subsided costs to women farmers. The tractor enables land to be ploughed and prepared for cultivation and later harvested.
Ongoing costs need to be covered such as maintenance of tractor, fuel, tires etc. Some areas require fencing to prevent animals accessing the growing crops. Seed such as yellow and white maize is provided along with other crops when available to help set up further and new initiatives.
Farming is either individual women or groups of women of 10 to 20, many being widowed and have no other income to provide the family with. Repairs to the tractor £1000 per year
To set up a farming initiative with a land size of 40 x 20m is £1000. This covers the costs of ploughing, security fence, and start up seeds.
It is expected, that after three years each initiative will be self-sustained.
£1000 will help set up a women’s farming project; 20 women to help feed 20 families. It will secure the land, buy the fencing materials, fertiliser and seeds to get the project going. After two years the project will be self sustaining and will help bring in small essential income from the sales of the crops.