The smallholder farmers in Mafinga district will be empowered with Solar water pump systems (Fortis130 type), with total dynamic head of 90 metres to have access to clean water for domestic use and for their livestock as well as for irrigation of crops to adapt to climate change as well as reduce deforestation for charcoal as source of income.

Objectives and beneficiaries

- Improved lives by increased food security and clean water
- Increased income from guaranteed market of crops at the local rural level
- Crops such as maize, common beans, soyabeans, groundnuts, rice and cassava will be grown throughout the year under irrigation

Strong points of the practice

"My motivation is to create value to the marginalized smallholder farmers in the rural, myself and create partnerships with those who want to see that lives of many are improved in terms of access to clean water, food security as well as clean energy.
What makes my idea unique is how the business model is designed first of empowering the smallholder farmers with the solar water pump systems so that they have clean piped water for use and irrigation of crops and that we provide guaranteed market of crops grown by them and sell to bulk buyers at the local rural level. The smallholder farmers will be able to grow crops throughout the year under irrigation using solar water pump technology system to be installed for them and access to piped water. We shall provide solutions to both smallholder farmers as well as bulk buyers of crops by ensuring that the crops grown are of quality and packaged as required".

Expected results and benefits for climate change adaptation and mitigation

Smallholder farmers will stop the deforestation for charcoal as source of income and will adapt to climate change.

Replicability potential of the practice

Very replicable.

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