SURVIVORS STRENGTHENED THROUGH POST HARVEST AND VALUE ADDITION TRAINING
- Created: Thursday, 22 July 2021 08:21
- Published: Thursday, 22 July 2021 08:21
African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC) under the spotlight initiative project is considering survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) as one of the most important players in the development of Malawi as they can play an important role in agriculture value chain and other vocational enterprises. AICC’s philosophy is inspired by the principles of non-violence and self-reliance. Self-reliance refers to economic or financial self-sufficiency as well as collective self-reliance. With collective strength, the survivors will be able to combat the outside exploitative and corrupt forces like unscrupulous traders and other market competitors. Often, survivors are chronic victims of poverty and are more vulnerable to external shocks. Every misfortune leaves them increasingly powerless and takes them into deeper poverty. For AICC, only work and a steady source of income can break this cycle. Survivors are more vulnerable and powerless because they have unequal access to information and technologies, though they are involved in small scale farming, they lack knowledge and they often do not own their tools of production. However, they play a crucial role in feeding their families. This is why AICC places these survivors at the center of its strategy against poverty and as part of building resilience communities.