Agriculture continues to be the main source of economic development in Malawi. It employs 80% of the population in Malawi and contributes 90% of exports. However, high population density, soil infertility, low level of irrigation leading to dependence on rain fed agriculture, high post harvest losses, increased vulnerability to weather shock are all among the [...]
Initially founded in 2009 as Nature’s Gift Permaculture, the Kusamala Institute of Agriculture & Ecology is an education and demonstration organisation that showcases sustainable solutions towards environment, food and nutrition security in Malawi.
Kusamala partners with both local and international organizations and government agencies to implement community-based projects in environment, nutrition, and livelihood security.
Kusamala’s Demonstration Centre sits on 20-hectares of farmland on the outskirts of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. Each part of the Centre serves as a demonstration of applicable agroecology and permaculture techniques.
Kusamala offers a wide range of educational experiences in community based environment, food & nutrition security and related topics. We believe in teaching through demonstration and use all areas of our Centre as a practical classroom.
By purchasing vegetables, herbs, and seedlings from Kusamala you are supporting us as we strive to achieve environment, food and nutrition security in Malawi through our community programming.
Over the past year, interest in permaculture and agroforestry has steadily grown among the communities where we work in Dowa. We have been expanding the number of JANEEMO clubs and communities, increasing our permaculture demonstrations, and sending Gladson all over the area trying to meet the needs of the groups. In order to give Gladson [...]
As we say good-bye to the rains, we’d like to take this time to write a special tribute to our favorite, and perhaps most unusual looking, rainy season crops. During his usual tour of the centre, Eston always explains to people how we strive to use all of our resources in permaculture, including vertical space. [...]
At this time of the year, almost every household is busy harvesting. Passing through every house you see piles of maize. It is a happy time of the year. Time to dance and time to celebrate harvest. One interesting thing about Malawi is that this is the time when you begin to hear about weddings [...]
To explore the impacts of our partnership project with Red Soil Project, we will be writing a series of posts featuring stories from our staff members. We will look at how they are implementing permaculture around their homes and how this is impacting their lives. Daniel Chikhawo has been working at Kusamala’s demonstration centre since [...]