Germany Embassy donates hygiene and protective material to NASFAM to help combat Covid-19

Germany Embassy donates hygiene and protective material to NASFAM to help combat Covid-19

The German Ambassador to Malawi, His Excellency Jürgen T. Borsch, on Froday, 24th April, 2020,  made a symbolic presentation of COVID-19 prevention materials to NASFAM in a bid to help smallholder farmers protect themselves from the pandemic.

Speaking during the handover ceremony, the ambassador said the donation is part of the quick response package which the Germany government has setup to help the country contain the spread of the virus.

“We are aware that NASFAM is available in almost all the districts and working with more than 130,000 smallholder farmers, hence they are the right partner to work with in reaching out to such farmers with information on prevention, hygiene facilities and personal protective equipment to help contain the spread of the virus.

Commenting on the gesture by the Germany Embassy, NASFAM Chief Executive Officer Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu said the donation is timely.

“We are about to start commodity marketing all over the country and were pressed between a rock and a hard place as to whether proceed with the activity without protective hygiene and equipment and risk the lives of the farmers or cancel it altogether and farmers lose out on their farming investment, which in most cases is the only or the main source of livelihood for a majority or rural people.

“With this, we can now comfortably go out knowing that everyone will be safe as hygiene will be practiced in all the buying centres. We are thankful to the Embassy”, said Chinyamunyamu.

Among the items provided include washing basins, pails, wash soap, and masks.

The items have been provided to NASFAM under the GIZ KULIMA More Income and Employment in Rural Areas (MIERA) programme.

NASFAM is working with various partners to scale up the Covid-19 preventive measures and these include the Irish Aid, GIZ, and Smoke Free Foundation among other partners, to ensure that smallholder farmers, who are key drivers of the agro-based economy Malawi boasts of, are not left behind in the fight.