Meet our farmers: striving for a better future

Our Operations Director, Karen, caught up with Daniel, Weston and Patrick, three farmers in the Nhkata Bay North district in northern Malawi, to talk about their how partnering with Temwa is driving their hopes and dreams for the future.

Daniel Mhango | Sustainable Agriculture Farmer

What hopes and dreams do you have for the future?

My hopes and dreams for the future are that my family and I become self-reliant and food secure. In the past growing seasons, I was growing the local varieties of maize which was yielding less because of changes in weather patterns. This year, I grew the hybrid variety and used sustainable farming methods. I can testify that I have enough yields till the next growing season. Also I grow different types of seeds in Dimbas for irrigation farming like Irish potato, beans, and vegetables. My hope is that soon after harvesting these crops I will sell and have enough money for my household’s daily needs.

How have you been affected by the ongoing food crisis?

I rely on agriculture as my source of income and the food crisis has affected my source of funds for basic needs. With the low yield realised, I resolved to be doing piece works, despite being an old person, just to provide for my family needs.

How do you hope that this (the effects of the food crisis) will improve in the future?

This crisis is upon us because of low rainfall, so low yields. If we encourage one another to continue planting trees, avoid deforestation and follow sustainable techniques of farming, this crisis would have less impact on our community.

What would you like to say to the supporters of Temwa?

I thank Temwa for the support it is offering to my community. May they to continue the good works. It is through the provision of different seeds and trainings that my community has improved.  I would like to also encourage Temwa to continue supporting us with different tree species to help restore our forests.

Weston Mbizi | Agroforestry Farmer

What hopes and dreams do you have for the future?

My hopes and dreams for the future are that we continue planting trees and conserve the existing natural forests for our future generations. It is these same trees that bring about rainfall and therefore more yield in our households.

How have you been affected by the ongoing food crisis?

With the food crisis, my family resorted to skipping a meal a day, because our reserves were low. There is hope this year as I have harvested enough food for my family and do not intend to sell any part of it.

How do you hope that this (the effects of the food crisis) will improve in the future?

I believe that practicing good sustainable methods of farming like mixed cropping and crop rotation, we would yield more and diversify our household consumption.

What would you like to say to the supporters of Temwa?

I would like to thank Temwa for the support of different seeds they are providing us with. The sustainable methods are really cost effective for us in the rural areas and give us high yield despite climate change.

Patrick Chiumia | Lead Farmer

What hopes and dreams do you have for the future?

My hope and dream is that Temwa and other organisations continue supporting people in our community in planting trees and reforestation. It is because of bad practices of deforestation and charcoal burning that the effects of climate change are upon us.

How have you been affected by the ongoing food crisis?

I count on on my own harvest to feed my family but with the food crisis I bought maize all year round. This affected my business as all incomes were used for food purchases.

Do you hope that this (the effects of the food crisis) will improve in the future?

Yes I hope that the situation will improve, as I have more yields this year and food secure till next growing season.

What would you like to say to the supporters of Temwa?

I would like to thank Temwa for supporting us with seeds maize seeds, trees seeds and vegetable seeds here in our community. These have helped us because we will sell the vegetables and have money and as well,  have food in many households.

 

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