Violet Banda is the chairperson of the women’s cooperative Mkwakwa (also the name of the village). A widow and mother of 6 children, she is the head of her household.
Through the IFAD supported Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP) and the Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) a select group of beneficiaries were provided with rabbits to help boost their production and protect their household incomes against the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rabbits can reproduce up to eight times a year and have as many as 10 offspring at once and are a high source of protein. Their droppings are used as manure and their urine is treated so that it can be used as fertiliser and pesticide.
Violet who had previously been trained in chicken and goat production and received training from the project on rabbit production. During COVID, she was unable to access any of the big markets for buying and selling of her produce. It was through raising the rabbits that Violate was able to mitigate some of the financial burdens and feed her family.
The Rural Poor Stimulus Facility (RPSF) funds were used for the project Covid-19 Smart Livestock Production and Productivity Project (RPSF I) under the Enhanced Smallholder Livestock Investment Programme (E-SLIP). The overall goal of the project was to “sustainably build resilience against shocks caused by COVID-19 in livestock production and productivity systems among targeted poor livestock farming households” with the aim to maintain the E-SLIP progress towards its IFAD11 Impact Targets.
Additional RPSF funds were used to scale-up the work and increase the outreach and add complementary activities to the original RPSF work that allowed the sustainability of E-SLIP and RPSF results.
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