Permaculture School Garden against Hunger

Permakultur Schulgarten Malawi

PERMACULTURE SCHOOL GARDEN AGAINST HUNGER

Our partner organisation ASUD cultivates a permaculture school garden in Ng’ongo, Mzimba, in northern Malawi. ASUD’s aim is to reduce hunger and malnutrition through the promotion of organic farming methods.

Hunger and malnutrition are widely spread in the rural area around Ng’ongo. Our partner organisation ASUD (Action for Sustainable Development) cultivates a permaculture garden at a school in Ng’ongo with around 450 pupils. The yield of the garden ensures balanced meals for the children which is an incentive for school attendance.

At the same time, the garden serves as a demonstration field and training location: Here, the local community learns how hunger and malnutrition can be reduced through locally available means and with little money. Local vegetables and fruits with a high nutritional value are cultivated and promoted since local varieties are more resistant to the impacts of climate change. Further, ASUD teaches how to produce organic fertilizer as an alternative to expensive chemical fertilizer. A piggery serves as a source for the fertilizer.

In 2018, ASUD built a borehole next to the school, which makes it much easier to maintain the garden. The water is also used for drinking, cooking, cleaning and for daily hygiene such as hand washing.

In the community around Ng’ongo, ASUD initiated 15 permaculture clubs. The members of these clubs support each other in applying the newly acquired knowledge and in cultivating their own permaculture gardens.

THOMAS NGWIRA

Director ASUD, Malawi

“I personally love working with rural communities, particularly with women and children, in solving problems related to food security, nutrition and environment. I have learnt that investing in women benefits everyone in a household as they are directly responsible for the family welfare and that children keep what they learn and the knowledge benefit is long term.”

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Training center for organic farming

Small farmers are trained to improve the nutritional situation of their families and to diversify through locally available means. ACAT imparts knowledge of permaculture, water collection systems, preserving soil cultivation, storage of seeds and the keeping of poultry. Through the acquired knowledge the households can build upon diversified food sources with low cost investments to secure their basis of life. The dependence on expensive hybrid seeds and aggressive pesticides is thereby prevented. In the long term the trained men and women share

TRAINING CENTRE FOR ORGANIC FARMING

ACAT promotes organic farming in Eswatini (formerly Swaziland) in order to enable the poorest households to improve their livelihoods.

Small farmers are trained to improve the nutritional situation of their families and to diversify through locally available means. ACAT imparts knowledge of permaculture, water collection systems, preserving soil cultivation, storage of seeds and the keeping of poultry. Through the acquired knowledge the households can build upon diversified food sources with low cost investments to secure their basis of life. The dependence on expensive hybrid seeds and aggressive pesticides is thereby prevented. In the long term the trained men and women share their acquired knowledge in their communities in the regions of Shiselweni and Lumbombo.

In Mbuluzi ACAT runs a research and training centre in organic agriculture with a 0.2 ha permaculture and demonstration garden: various cultivation methods and seeds are studied here. At this centre, ACAT organises training courses for smallholder farmers and organisations working on organic farming. The concept of organic farming is thereby promoted and spread in the region and the independence of farmers is strengthened. In 2018 the sleeping facilities in the training centre were expanded.

ACAT promotes local maize varieties as an alternative to genetically modified and hybrid crops. The maize varieties are planted at the training centre, examined, multiplied and finally resold at an affordable prize to the smallholder farmers The dependence on expensive hybrid seeds is thus prevented.

Enock Dlamini – Acat Partnerprojekt

Enock Dlamini

Director ACAT, Eswatini

“ACAT Swaziland promotes a greener and healthier basis of life for small farmers in Swaziland”

Food Security for Farmers with a Disability

KODO’s aim is for disabled people to become mobile and to achieve higher financial independence, food security and to find a place in society. Since 2013, when EcoSolidar organised a knowledge sharing between the partner organisation LOMADEF and KODO, EcoSolidar has supported KODO in the area of organic farming.

Food Security for Farmers with a Disability

In Salima, Malawi, KODO empowers disabled farmers in their mobility, income generation and in food security.

KODO’s aim is for disabled people to become mobile and to achieve higher financial independence, food security and to find a place in society. Since 2013, when EcoSolidar organised a knowledge sharing between the partner organisation LOMADEF and KODO, EcoSolidar has supported KODO in the area of organic farming. Since then disabled farmers continue to learn the techniques of composting and agroforestry and have been supported in implementing them by KODO. The organic farming methods are suitable for disabled farmers to farm despite their poor financial resources, as they don’t have to spend a lot of money on hybrid seeds and chemical fertilizers. For people with a disabilities and their families this is a significant step towards independence. KODO supports 150 families in 5 communities around Salima each year.

George Chimpiko - KODO Partnerprojekt

George Chimpiko

Director KODO, Malawi

I was born with a clubfoot and can understand the difficulties of people with a walking disability very well. That is why I, as managing director of KODO, concentrate on this target group. I am very happy that we can contribute to their food security. This fulfils my dream of supporting people with a walking disability”

Organic farming for an independent Future

The farm was built collectively by 40 farming families. Over the years a training centre with 69 clubs has developed. These clubs consist of women and men from different communities in the region.

ORGANIC FARMING FOR AN INDEPENDENT FUTURE

In Matale, Malawi, our partner organisation LOMADEF runs a training centre for organic farming and a demonstration farm.

The farm was built collectively by 40 farming families. Over the years a training centre with 69 clubs has developed. These clubs consist of women and men from different communities in the region. They either come to the training centre to attend courses in locally adapted organic farming or a specialist of the farm visits them in their communities for workshops.

The aim is for the farmers to increase their food production. Not only to generate income but also to fight the food shortages in the area. LOMADEF explores sustainable methods of farming, cultivates its own seeds and imparts methods of composting and irrigation. As a result the participating farmers are no longer dependent on food aid, expensive hybrid seed and chemical fertilizer and pesticides, but can live from the yield of their sustainably managed soils and are able to sell their surplus.

Henderson Chiliza

Director LOMADEF, Malawi

We promote organic farming so poor families can learn about low cost methods of farming and improve their living standard.”

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