Soils, Food and Healthy Communities

Soils, Food and Healthy Communities

A photo and video exhibit, entitled Farming for Change which highlights some of SFHC’s earlier work alongside MAFFA will be on display at Cornell University’s Mann Library in Ithaca, New York, for the month of April. This exhibit chronicles some of the struggles and achievements of smallholder farming families in Malawi and Tanzania, in their efforts to improve food security, nutrition, social equity, and sustainable land management in the face of climate change. Climate change is one of many challenges that farmers need to take into consideration, alongside deep gender and other social inequalities, poverty, degraded soils, and limited state support. The photos and videos are drawn from over 15 years of participatory research carried out by Dr. Rachel Bezner Kerr, SFHC staff and farmers and other researchers. Malawi and Tanzania_Mann LCD

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The annual field day was held in Jombo in the northern region this year. The turnout was high and people enjoying seeing the healthy crops and learning how people managed during this poor rainfall year. Those farmers who applied compost manure and planted a wider range of crops found themselves in a better food security situation than many of their neighbours, who had poor crop yields due to another year of poor rains. Here are two of the farmers who had their fields visited today.

Milika Phiri at the Jombo field day, Ekwendeni region, explaining how she has grown such beautiful pigeonpea.

Milika Phiri at the Jombo field day, Ekwendeni region, explaining how she has grown such beautiful pigeonpea.

Field Day Jombo_ Bonnex Nyasulu

Bonnex Nyasulu, who intercropped pigeonpea and groundnuts last year, incorporated the residue, and intercropped orange maize with pigeonpea this year. He applied compost manure twice to his field and his harvest will be plenty!

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