Last year, People's Postcode Lottery ambassador Judie McCourt visited the Anchor Farm Project, an initiative set up by the Clinton Foundation in Malawi. The project, which benefits from £500,000 in funding from players, aims to transform the lives of thousands of farmers.
In Malawi, most income stems from agriculture, but with challenges in production and the market side of their business, there are many obstacles that these farmers must overcome to ensure financial success.
In order to help farmers achieve greater income from their agricultural production, in 2008 the Anchor Farm Project was developed by the Clinton Development Initiative (CDI). The project partners with thousands of neighbouring farmers, providing them with both tools to improve their farming and the knowledge of how to better sell their product. The Anchor Farm ultimately aims to ensure food security for over 21,000 farmers and their families and to guarantee a platform for learning. To ensure each farmer's continued productivity, the project also contributes to local healthcare, nurseries and nutritional programmes.
As a result of the success of the Anchor Farm Project in Malawi, CDI is working to replicate the project in Tanzania. Judie said, "It has been an absolute privilege to see that difference that players are making here in Malawi. So many people here have been able to increase their income and therefore provide for their family, thanks to the wonderful support from players."
In addition to the Anchor Farm Project, CDI is also working with banks in Malawi to provide farmers with loans to finance their purchases as well as bank accounts to help them save money after the sale of their crops.
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