Our Agricultural Project
This year, we purchased a plot of land to create the United Amayi Farm, which will help fund our women's education project in Malawi.
During the second year of their training with United Amayi, the women in our programmes benefit from agricultural training that they can put into practice on their own land. Meanwhile, the output from the farm is sold to fund our projects.
Agriculture in Malawi
Farming in Malawi doesn't always go to plan. Around 64% of all employed people in Malawi work in the agricultural sector, but many rely on subsistence farming (growing their own food to eat) rather than making a profit. One of the reasons for this is the unpredictable seasons; both droughts and flooding happen yearly, completely destroying crops.
While we applaud the work of relief agencies that provide food aid when these issues occur, we also believe in providing sustainable solutions that help Malawian people overcome problems with food security.
An Exciting Opportunity
This week, we've been learning about permaculture, and how it can help us design an agricultural system that works in harmony with the natural ecosystem to avoid common pitfalls of farming in Malawi. For us, preventing over farming, soil depletion, low crop yields, and drought is of utmost importance.
Using the tenets and principles of permaculture, we can approach our agricultural project (and the rest of our project work) with a care for people, a care for the earth, and ensuring a fair share of resources for the whole community. We will be continuing our research into how we can utilise permaculture design on our farm during our founder's visit to Malawi later in the year.