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Posts tagged with ‘conservation agriculture’

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New Technique, New Hope

by Stephanie Chunoo

To 33-year-old Memory Nthakomwa, a young farmer from the Mwakifwamba village in Malawi, it seemed like the upcoming farming season would be difficult like the rest. She had witnessed what climate change had done to last year’s crops—with consistent dry spells and floods, crop production had drastically decreased, yielding very little. Memory knew something had […]

Women Farmers Ensure Food Security

by Stephanie Chunoo

In the village of Mwenitanga in northern Malawi, slopes of farmland stretching in all directions are golden—they are overspread by long stalks of yellow maize. Twambilire inspects the soil that lies beneath the layers of papery husks on her own plot. Like all farmers in her village, Twambilire toils for many hours to prepare her […]

Conservation Agriculture: Improving Food Security for Farmers of All Ages

by Anna Muir

The survival of Elias Mogha’s family is dependent on what he can grow on his parcel of land in Malawi. But rain, vital for cultivating life, had been minimal. Elias began to worry that perhaps this was the year his family would go hungry. A lifetime of raising crops and rearing livestock made the 65-year-old […]

Farmers in Malawi Manage Environmental Change

by Anna Muir

April 22, 2016 is Earth Day. It is a day to celebrate and give thanks for God’s creation. Earth Day also provides the opportunity to reflect on small-scale farmers in nations of the global south whose lives and livelihoods depend on a healthy, vibrant creation. In many parts of the world, farmers who work the land […]

Empowered to Grow More Food in Malawi

by Anna Muir

For Doliyasi Nyirongo of Malawi, getting the chance to practice conservation agriculture was a dream come true. Conservation agriculture—characterized by minimal soil disturbance, intercropping and the use of natural fertilizers—helps protect crops from dry weather. Doliyasi first heard about the success of the method on the radio. She never imagined having the opportunity to try […]

Taking Chances and Transforming Dry Land in Malawi

by Anna Muir

Witness Ngofi first heard about conservation agriculture on the radio. At home on her farm in Malawi, she listened to the announcers describe the new method of farming that would keep crops hydrated—even during dry weather—and help farmers increase their yields. Using traditional farming techniques, Witness harvested healthy food for her son and mother. But […]

Farming God’s Way: McDanta’s Story

by Anna Muir

In Mpata, Malawi, erratic rains, dry spells and floods can have devastating effects on crops that have been carefully tended and cultivated for many months. In the dry season, it is a challenge for farmers to keep crops hydrated. Mulch material is scarce and roaming livestock often eat crops that manage to survive. Farmer McDanta […]

Improving Farming Methods in Malawi

by Anna Muir

Mussa Mwakasungula, a farmer and father of six, was always proud of the crops he grew to feed his family. Tomatoes, maize and other vegetables—these are just some of the crops Mussa worked hard to grow to ensure that his family could be well nourished. In many communities in Malawi, access to food is dependent […]

Conservation Agriculture Good for Development

by Karen Bokma

Canadian Foodgrains Bank—of which PWS&D is a member—was recently mentioned in an article in the British newspaper the Guardian as an example of good agricultural development. The article argues that agriculture that ‘works with nature and not against it’ will go a long way toward helping Africa continue to grow economically, while also bringing people out […]

Knowledge is Power for Farmers in Malawi

by Karen Bokma

While drought and erratic rains once left hunger in their wake, PWS&D is helping farmers in Malawi grow more food and prevent crop failure by “Farming God’s Way.” Farming God’s Way – otherwise known as conservation agriculture – is revolutionizing how small-scale farmers cultivate their land. Rather than tilling the soil, farmers dig small planting […]