Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project (MWAP)
- Commenced: 01/04/2002
- Submitted: 12/10/2012
- Last updated: 15/12/2012
- Location: Nkwichi Lodge, Manda Wilderness, Niassa, Mozambique
- Website: www.mandawilderness.org/agricultural_project.html
- Climate zone: Sub-tropical
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Community projects are projects that help develop sustainable community interaction and increase localised resiliency.
Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project (MWAP)
Project TypeRural, Community, Educational
This project works with local farmers in Lago District, Niassa Province, Mozambique to address food security and nutrition and support the developing local economy. The main focus lies in the development of the demonstration farm that follows the principles of permaculture and makes use of its methods. Additionally, it serves as an educational centre for community members.
The aim of this project is to improve nutrition of the communities in the Lago District through better agricultural production and practices.
The project has been in operation for nearly ten years while assisting over 350 farmers by:
- Improved knowledge
- Improved availability of tools and seeds
- Improved agricultural practice
- Improved production and variety
- Improved markets
This has been achieved by five full-time staff from local communities and international volunteers.
Lago District (Niassa Province, Mozambique) is genuinely one of the most remote parts of Africa. The population is spread over thousands of square kilometres, with few roads, and no electricity, much of this area remains pristine wilderness. The Manda Wilderness Agricultural Project depends on preserving this paradise.
MWAP's sustainable agriculture now takes place in many of the villages in the project area. Many vegetable gardens were established in last year's dry seasons after beneficiaries received training in understanding the importance of soil conservation, natural pest control, plant care, improved irrigation methods and sustainable methods of farming.
The harvest has produced a large variety of vegetables, and improved nutrition and income for the villages involved.
In an area where subsistence farming is virtually the only means of survival, MWAP'S objective is to encourage farmers to grow surplus produce to sell to Nkwichi Lodge and other local markets in the area. This has been partially achieved, but individual farms have had problems producing enough of a surplus to meet the increasing demands.
In the past, agricultural and horticultural training in the community has taken place on demonstration garden plots in individual villages. Due to the success of the project, it was decided that the project would establish a demonstration farm to act as an additional teaching tool in training local farmers to build and expand on the knowledge and successes already achieved.
The demonstration farm, complete with overnight accommodation, is being constructed at present. It will enable MWAP's training to become more thorough, diversified and embrace areas such as small scale livestock production, bee keeping, fish farming, processing of fresh produce and local arts and crafts.
The farm will give hands on training to communities who wish to learn more of specific crops and activities without risking their own land, capital or labour (often one of the largest concerns of farmers introducing new production methods).