Integrated Food Security Response Initiative (IFSRI) was a 22 month project with 1, 150, 000 Euro funded by the European Commission which started on 1st January 2010. Small Scale Livestock Promotion Programme implemented the project in partnership with CARE Malawi, National Aquaculture Centre and Ntchisi, Dowa and Lilongwe District Assemblies. The project aimed at reducing food insecurity among 3,000 targeted vulnerable households in the three densely populated rural districts of Malawi.The project had overall reached 3209 beneficiaries.
The project had three expected result areas of intervention namely:
- Agricultural production increased and diversified through adoption of sustainable agriculture practices, improved seed, small-scale integrated irrigation, fish farming and poultry production.
- Irrigation, fish farming and supporting infrastructure made operational through Cash for Work (CFW) programmes and linked to a community based savings mechanism.
- Crop storage losses reduced through adoption of improved post harvest storage technologies
A total of 1509 beneficiaries (1207 females; 302 males) received inputs for winter production procured and distributed between April and June 2010. The quantities received per beneficiary were as follows; Improved OPV Maize seed – 2.5 kg, Fertilizer – 20kgs (10kg, 10kg), Irish potatoes – 1 pail for 2 beneficiaries, Bean seed – 1.5kg, 3 beneficiaries per packet of vegetable seed.
71 Para vets were trained and refreshed on poultry management with emphasis on good poultry housing, feeding other notable diseases which were seen to be affecting the chickens in their areas. After the trainings, various drugs were purchased and distributed to each group. SSLPP distributed 3756 for 717 beneficiaries (302M; 415F) local birds as in Dowa and Ntchisi districts.
The project registered 35 sites for irrigation activities translating into 168 hectares of potential irrigable land.There has been a tremendous result achieved in relation to the project outputs and objectives at the end of the project.
- The project reached 1575 beneficiaries (of which 940 females, 635 males) for irrigation activities. Each beneficiary had not less than 0.12 ha of land planting crops for through irrigation.
- Established 5 mother pond sites and constructed 2 ponds per site for stocking fish fingerlings. To date 10 ponds have been finished now stocked with fingerlings.
- There was a very high level of commitment from beneficiaries to implement the various components of the project. Attendance to meetings was very high