Currently, farmers at Chifuchambewa in Salima rely on wellsprings to supply irrigation water. The wells produce a fixed amount of water per day, which limits the acreage that can be irrigated. However, the men in this photo are making plans to use the Lipimbi river for irrigation for the first time this year
Monday, February 17, 2014
Last month, I blogged a few photos of maize gardens our farmers planted ahead of the rains. The time has come.
Even farmers who didn't plant early will benefit from this harvest. Maize prices have dropped by 40% in the last month, down to US$0.11 per pound from a peak of US$0.18. This means that you will get almost 65% more maize for your buck this month. If for example, a farmer sells a chicken for US$4.00, he can now buy 36 pounds of maize, rather than just 22 pounds. A difference of 14 pounds means an extra 1-2 days of food for a family.
Saturday, February 8, 2014
But what can we do about it? they ask. Usually, good answers, good solutions emerge from within the group. Simply bringing up the topic generates excellent ideas. We are just there to provide tools that help the community put their ideas into practice.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
For comparison, Malawi's per capita GDP is US$260 per year.