Demand for Deep Bed Farming (DBF) is growing in Malawi. This project will train Malawian Agriculture Officers (AOs) in DBF, increasing its availability, benefits & impact: improved food security & health, higher agricultural yields, and climate change adaptation & mitigation.

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  • Community Support & Development Community Support & Development
  • Environment/Conservation Environment/​Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/Relief Poverty Alleviation/​Relief
  • Beneficiaries

    • General Public/Humankind General Public/​Humankind
    • Women & Girls Women & Girls
    • Young People (18-30) Young People (18-30)

    Situation

    Malawi is one of the world’s least-developed countries, ranking 169 of 191 in the UN development index. Many families are subsistence farmers who cannot grow enough crops to feed themselves. Farmed lands have hard layers of topsoil that restrict crop growth, leading to soil erosion, and preventing water infiltration into the ground. These issues are increased by climate change (e.g. floods, drought). Farmers lack the training and resources to introduce improved and sustainable farming methods.

    Solution

    The Malawian government has adopted DBF & is encouraging its promotion by AOs. Tiyeni’s AO training will solve the problem by increasing farmer access to DBF. In Year 1 DBF crop yields increase 145%; food security increases 14%. DBF reduces soil erosion & improves rainwater harvesting, mitigating flood effects. Crops’ drought resistance improves, boosting climate change resilience. Training by AOs instructs farmers in peer training, embedding DBF in communities after our team leave.

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    Categories

  • Community Support & Development Community Support & Development
  • Environment/Conservation Environment/​Conservation
  • Poverty Alleviation/Relief Poverty Alleviation/​Relief
  • Beneficiaries

    • General Public/Humankind General Public/​Humankind
    • Women & Girls Women & Girls
    • Young People (18-30) Young People (18-30)