Eswatini is a landlocked country in Southern Africa bordering South Africa and Mozambique, with a population of 1.2 million. Poverty levels have stagnated at high levels in the last five years, with 39.7% of the population estimated to have been living under the international $1.90 poverty line in 2016 and 2017. Poverty has persisted despite the country’s lower-middle-income status. Nationally, 58.9% of Swazis lived below the national poverty line in 2017.
The project’s overall objective is to contribute towards enhancing sustainable livelihoods and reducing poverty levels of 400 vulnerable smallholder farmers living with HIV/AIDS and 5,000 school children affected by prolonged drought in the Lubombo and Shiselweni Regions of Eswatini. The E-LIVES theory of change is premised on that People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHWA) are particularly more vulnerable to chronic food insecurity as they lack the capacities and means to increase agricultural productivity as well as engage in income generating activities to increase household incomes. The ELIVES project specifically seeks to “Strengthen the resilience of poor smallholder farmers and people living with HIV/AIDS through increased agricultural production and income in 8 constituencies of Lubombo and Shiselweni regions”. This will be achieved through improving agricultural productivity of field crops, increased production and consumption of vegetables and increased income from improved business skills and market linkages.
ELIVEs has three key result areas;
Result 1: Improved agricultural production of drought-tolerant sweet potato, sorghum and maize crops for 400 smallholder farmers living with HIV/AIDS;
Result 2: Improved production and use of vegetables for good nutrition for 400 smallholder farmers living with HIV/AIDS and 8,080 staff and pupils through Food Nutrition Gardens and;
Result 3: Increased income of 400 smallholder farmers living with HIV/AIDS through improved agribusiness skills and market linkages
Start date: 01/02/2017
End date: 31/01/2020
Grant amount: €310,000,ADRA-UK match: €114.654
Total budget: €424,654
Implementing office: ADRA eSwatini