11th May 2017
On Wednesday 10 May, the official launch of a new ADRA-UK project took place in Lubombo in Swaziland.The Enhanced Livelihoods for Smallholder Farmers in Lubombo and Shiselwene or ELIVES is strengthening the resilience of poor smallholder farmers and people living with HIV/AIDS in the Kingdom. Implemented by ADRA Swaziland with funding provided by the EU and ADRA-UK the £375,000 project will last for 3 years.
Over 7,000 people will benefit from the intervention including 400 smallholder farmers and their households and 20 primary schools.
Several of the project partners attended the event with the launch officiated by the Minister of Agriculture of Swaziland, Mr Moses Vilakati. ADRA-UK CEO Bert Smit and Africa Project coordinator Kennedy Habasimbi also attended the launch.
The Minister spoke of his gratitude to the EC and ADRA in assisting development in his country.
The project is innovative by not only introducing climate resistant new crops, linkage to markets, but also introducing the new food products and eating habits. The project is also building for the future by engaging young people now as stakeholders for tomorrow.
The project commenced on 1 February with the launch event presenting the project staff and the objectives to the benefitting communities.