Empowering Poor Rural Communities with Labor-saving technologies for Increased Labor Productivity, Food Production and Income Generation in Malawi

March 30, 2005

  1. On March 30, 2005 (Wed), the Government of Japan and the United Nations (UN) decided to extend a total of 1,193,183.95 dollar assistance through the Trust Fund for Human Security for the project "Empowering Poor Rural Communities with Labor-saving technologies for Increased Labor Productivity, Food Production and Income Generation in Malawi" to be implemented by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

  2. This project will carry out the following activities in Malawi where a labor shortage caused by various infectious diseases has driven up its poverty: capacity building for making, supplying and repairing basic agricultural tools; introduction of labor-saving technologies to communities affected by disease; and improving public awareness of various infectious diseases.

  3. The project is expected to empower poor rural communities (about 3,000 households or 19,000 people) by increasing agricultural productivity by introducing labor-saving technologies to households affected by infectious diseases and providing training courses for blacksmiths and carpenters who practice these technologies. It is also expected to help communities to escape poverty.

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The Trust Fund for Human Security was established in the United Nations Secretariat in March 1999 by the initiative of the Government of Japan, with total contributions of 29 billion yen (approximately US$ 256 million) up to the present. The Trust Fund has assisted more than 120 projects of UN agencies funds and programmes that address various threats to human life, livelihood and dignity, from the perspective of human security.

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