In Badin, Pakistan, where recent weather events have devastated crops, washed away seed stores and eroded healthy soil, many small-scale farmers and their families remain trapped in cycles of hunger and poverty.
When it comes to ending hunger in vulnerable communities, education and training is vital. Knowledge of sustainable agricultural practices can help farmers build resilience to unpredictable weather events and recover faster from flooding, drought and other disasters.
This is why PWS&D and Canadian Foodgrains Bank are helping build the skills and capacity of famers in Badin so they can yield more abundant harvests.
Last September, 55 farmers in the region visited local agricultural institutions on an exposure visit supported by PWS&D. At various sites, farmers learned cost-effective, sustainable farming methods—such as compost making, pitcher irrigation and organic gardening—that aim to protect the environment, improve food security and further long-term community development.
For many of the farmers, information about new crop varieties, pest management, soil analysis and seed quality was brand new. A process called air layering—when plants are grown directly from the stems of another plant—thrilled Ghulam, a farmer from a nearby village. “We couldn’t ever imagine that we would produce a new plant this way,” he shares. “This exposure visit has taught innovative techniques of farming which can be beneficial for us.”
Participants also had opportunities to ask questions and discuss the issues they face while growing crops. Water scarcity was chief among concerns, which leaders helped address by teaching alternative irrigation techniques.
“I learned simple, no-cost drip irrigation by using waste materials and I applied that technique at home,” reports another participant. “I am very thankful for being given this exposure visit.”
New crop management techniques are not just benefiting project participants—they are transforming entire communities after farmers share what they’ve learned among neighbours and friends who then practice the techniques using materials they have. Through the sharing of knowledge, vulnerable communities are breaking free from the burden of hunger. Support this project today!
PWS&D is a member of Canadian Foodgrains Bank, a partnership of 15 churches and church agencies working together to end global hunger.