Farmer Stories from Malawi

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Malawi: Disease forces farmers to uproot banana plants

Charles Pensulo December 17, 2018

To Agnes Dzenje, banana is more than just a fruit. It has been supporting her since childhood. But things have completely changed. […]

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Malawi: Farmers use airtight storage bags to prevent losses and avoid chemicals

Pauline Mbukwa July 09, 2018

When Chifundo Banda heard about PICS bags on the radio, he knew he wanted to try them. Mr. Banda farms soybeans, groundnuts, […]

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Malawi: Vegetable farmers switch from chemical to plant-based pesticides

Mark Ndipita June 11, 2018

Mary Mdima is about to prepare sauce for today’s lunch. She picks up a small basin and opens the garden gate behind […]

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Malawi: Farmers make urine and leaf fertilizer to save money

Mark Ndipita April 16, 2018

Child Daniel Phiri doesn’t go to his grass-thatched pit latrine when he hears the call of nature. Instead, he rushes to his […]

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Malawi: Farmers use plant-based pesticides to control Fall armyworm and other pests

Gladson Makowa March 19, 2018

Esther Maona has been growing maize and legumes for many years. Until recently, pests tormented her so much that her harvests were […]

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Malawi: Farmers boost nutrition and profit by processing soy into milk, yoghurt, and tofu

Pauline Mbukwa February 26, 2018

The district of Mchinji in the Central Region of Malawi is a busy trading hub for agro dealers, fruit and vegetable vendors, […]

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Malawi: Mice, fires, and hungry livestock challenge farmers wanting to use crop residues

Mark Ndipita January 15, 2018

If you walk along the main roads and pass through the sparse villages, you will see stretches of maize fields covering the […]

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Malawi: Profitable winter farming requires lots of work and water

Lovemore Khomo November 13, 2017

The sun is about to set, but 65-year-old Morris Chimutu and his wife and son are busy carrying 10-litre watering cans from […]

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Malawi: Farmers diversify crops to withstand climate, market volatility (Trust)

admin August 28, 2017

Elias Kanyangale is ecstatic about his maize harvest. Balancing on a homemade ladder, the farmer retrieves cobs from a full granary, the […]

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Malawi: Farmers earn ready cash with vegetables

Mark Ndipita July 24, 2017

Evinesi Chikhutu became a widow in 1999. Her husband had been the family’s breadwinner, and Mrs. Chikhutu was left alone with seven […]

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Malawi: Cucumber helps farmers find money when cash is scarce

Mark Ndipita May 08, 2017

It’s around midday and the rain has just stopped. The weather is back to normal for early March, with a cool breeze […]

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Malawi: Farmers turn to community radio when information about cassava disease is scarce

George Kalungwe April 17, 2017

Sitting in the shade of her grass-thatched house, Achipera Nankambi recalls how she used to listen to a radio program called Dotolo […]

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