SPEAR Markets Project

Kadale is working alongside United Purpose (UP), and CUMO Microfinance to implement the Sustainable Production, Economic growth, Accountability and Resilience (SPEAR) project in Dedza District funded by the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi for an initial year up to 31st December 2022:

Following on from its successful roles in the Malawi Oilseed Sector Transformation (MOST) project and PROSPER Markets, both funded by DFID/FCDO and achieving the highest A++ rating, Kadale commenced work on the Sustainable Production, Economic growth, Accountability and Resilience (SPEAR) project funded by the Embassy of Ireland in Malawi for an initial year up to 31st December 2022. SPEAR contributes towards the Government of Malawi’s agricultural productivity and commercialisation objectives, under its Vision 2063 for Malawi to become a self-reliant Nation.

Kadale is working alongside United Purpose (UP), and CUMO Microfinance to implement this project which aims to improve food security and production and improve livelihoods and income security for those most vulnerable to climate change.

The impact Area is Dedza District, specifically in Traditional Authorities (TAs) Kaphuka and Chauma and nine peri-urban areas namely; Mtakataka, Golomoti, Bembeke, Dedza Boma, Linthipe 1, Chimbiya, Mayani, Thete, and Lobi. SPEAR is targeting 35,000 households, five Cooperatives and 20 productive groups with 5,200 members.

Kadale is focusing on market linkages and improving market systems, working with crop buyers, farm input suppliers, contract farming businesses, farming co-operatives and organisations, solar and cookstove agents/promoters and bodies responsible for economic development.

Kadale’s aim is to improve market linkages for the supply of farm inputs, such as seed, crop-protection products, fertilisers, inoculants and animal health products, as well as for farming and small-scale production equipment such as irrigation, land preparation, post-harvest and processing machinery.

 

Dedza’s First Irrigation and Winter Cropping Expo, 12-13th April

Kadale organised Dedza District’s first Irrigation and Winter Cropping Expo on 12 -13th April 2022 in Dedza Boma. 

A total of 23 organisations had stands at the event, including eight irrigation and water pump equipment suppliers:

  • ATC

  • Beyond Water

  • CAMCO

  • FES

  • Nyasa Food Processing

  • Pump House

  • Wala Limited

  • WOTA

Ten crop input suppliers:

  • Afri Ventures

  • AISL

  • Demeter Seed

  • Fordhani

  • Global Seeds

  • Mgomera Seed Investments

  • MANDOLO

  • Seed-Co

  • Osho

  • Yara

Four financial institutions:

  • CUMO Microfinance

  • FDH Bank

  • NBS Bank

  • Standard Bank

 

In addition, the United Purpose SPEAR team participated to demonstrate climate smart agricultural techniques and solar and cookstove products.

The event attracted a high level of attendance by farmers and business people, who were able to see irrigation and other equipment being demonstrated, and to buy farm inputs, many of which are not readily available in the District. Kadale’s aim is both to promote sales at the events, and to encourage businesses to see the opportunities in the District and improve their distribution arrangements, such as through agro-dealers.  We are also seeking to improve the flow of finance for farmers and small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

The event was promoted by the Kadale team to agro-dealers and business people in advance through personal visits to key organisations, such as farmer co-operatives and agro-dealers, as well as through radio adverts, banners and flyers.   Attendance was high and most exhibitors reported making both sales and good contacts for follow ups.

There will be more Expo events, including in selected Trading Centres and a major crop input fair for the main planting season towards the end of the year. Kadale is also working to promote animal health and crop services, such as spraying services.

CAMCO: Irrigation equipment
Nyasa Food Processing: irrigation equipment
AISL: Inoculant
Global seeds: Seed
Banking: Standard Bank
Banking: Standard Bank
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Lobi And Chimbiya Irrigation And Winter Cropping EXPO 24th & 25th May 2022

The SPEAR Markets team conducted irrigation and winter cropping expos at Lobi and Chimbiya trading centers on the 24th and 25th May 2022 respectively, during market days at these centres. A total of 12 organisations participated in the two days. The companies included four irrigation and water pump companies (FES, Camco, Hydro Pump House, & ATC), five input companies (Osho, Seedco, Mgomera, Yara, & Mandolo), ACE, UP and CUMO. Farmers had a chance to buy different inputs, appreciate irrigation equipment and to access financial information.

A random survey conducted showed most companies were very satisfied with the expos and the attendance of the farmers, especially at the Lobi market. Some companies sold more inputs than expected and others sold the post-harvest items.

Some companies conducted promotions where farmers were given caps, umbrellas, and extra seed and agroz empty sacks once they made a purchase.

As one of the main roles of the Kadale Consultants team in the SPEAR Programme is focusing on market linkages, the programme also links farmers to possible markets for their produce and connecting them to agricultural input and equipment suppliers.

In fulfilling this role, Kadale introduced Peter Mawindo of P. Mawindo Enterprises, a farmer and major agro-dealer in Dedza, to Arc Welding and Engineering, an agricultural equipment manufacturing company in Lilongwe and CUMO Microfinance. Kadale also facilitated his successful applying for a small enterprise loan at CUMO. Through that,Mr. Mawindo bought two manual groundnut shelling machines that he plans to use for shelling his own groundnut harvest and to run it as a shelling service business around Thete and Lobi. He sees the potential to quickly earn a return to more than pay for the shellers.  Mr Mawindo collected the equipment from Kanengo on 8th June 2022.

I’m very confident that this investment will be profitable. If the shellers work as I expect, I will be getting more groundnut shelling machines and other agricultural equipment”, the proud farmer and agro-dealer commented on his purchase.

Linking farmers to market and  support facilities