Kusamala is now upscaling in other districts in Malawi with its aim of promoting permaculture and agroecology systems for sustainable food and nutrition security. This is on the premise that food and nutrition security shall be achieved through provision of expert knowledge and training on innovative solutions to improve food and diet diversity, maximum land productivity, reducing the need for expensive inputs and increase agricultural yields. We are now implementing the Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security for Young Smallholders in Malawi and Mwana Alirenji Organic Farming projects which started in November and December respectively.
From December 2016, a number of activities have happened in these two projects. On one hand, the Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security for Young Smallholders in Malawi project was officially launched on 30th March 2017 at Nkope Chiwalo Primary School in Mangochi where chiefs, government officials including T/A Nankumbwa were present. This event was also patronized by over 200 farmers from the community. The process of getting new staff who will be working on this project is underway. On the other hand, 32 lead farmers have already been trained in Permaculture under the Mwana Alirenji project. We also received 10 volunteers from William Jackson Food Group who worked with our farmers in Ntcheu for a week. Together with the farmers, they constructed a green house, planted 20 fruit trees and established a community garden.
4500 family members of 900 smallholder households with young parents will benefit from Multisectoral Food and Nutrition Security for Young Smallholders in Malawi project which is funded by The German Ministry of Cooperation and Development (BMZ) while The Mwana Alirenji Organic Farming project is funded by The William Jackson Food Group and is expected to benefit 1000 farmers who are smallholders, and are interested in organic agricultural production.
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