Financial Access for Rural Markets, Smallholders and Enterprise (FARMSE): Empowering farmers in Malawi

28 Jul 2023

AFAP recently took part in the Review and Cross Learning Workshop for the Financial Access for Rural Markets, Smallholders, and Enterprise (FARMSE) project, which was held in Blantyre, Malawi.

“The FARMSE project, funded by the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), has a primary goal of bolstering agricultural productivity and fostering rural market development in Sub-Saharan Africa. By providing smallholder farmers with financial services and essential training, the initiative empowers them to access credit, save efficiently, and actively participate in agricultural value chains”, says Margaret Mukwenha, Malawi Country Manager, AFAP.

One of the workshop’s highlights was the exchange of success stories and valuable lessons from various project sites across Sub-Saharan Africa. Participants celebrated the positive outcomes achieved through the project’s interventions, including increased agricultural production and productivity, as well as improved access to markets and financial services. This collaborative learning experience provided a valuable platform for stakeholders to share their achievements and insights, inspiring further progress in the region’s agricultural sector.

Overall, AFAP’s involvement in the FARMSE project and its contributions to the Sustain Africa’s resilience efforts exemplify the organization’s dedication to advancing agricultural development and uplifting smallholder farmers in the region. Through these collaborative initiatives, AFAP continues to make a significant impact on food security, economic empowerment, and sustainable agricultural practices in Sub-Saharan Africa.