About Us

Tiyeni is a small charity organization formed in 2005. The aim of the organization is to combat hunger and poverty in Northern Malawi through soil and water conservation, and through using rural farming methods enabling optimum food production from the land. Tiyeni was set up by life-long residents of Malawi who have worked to help rural communities by fostering self-sufficiency in food production. Currently, the organization has 11 staff; The Project Coordinator, Field Manager, Finance Officer and eight field officers. All staff are Malawi citizens. The Tiyeni office is situated adjacent to the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation near the centre of Mzuzu.


  1. To promote land conservation through integrated soil fertility measures.
  2. To foster community led conservation agriculture with ever increasing crop yields
  3. To educate all farming communities in Malawi that wish to adopt the Tiyeni Method so that erosion and soil loss is minimized and soil fertility is increased


  • To spread the Tiyeni method of soil conservation and of growing of healthy crops.
  • To eradicate hunger at household level.
  • To enable subsistence farmers to earn an income
  • That the Tiyeni method be imbedded in agricultural practice throughout Malawi.


  • To reach many areas in the country with Tiyeni technologies.



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Board of Trustees

John  Crossley – Chair of the Trustees of Tiyeni  and local representative in Mzuzu. John was District Commissioner of Mzuzu district before Independence and stayed in the country  as agronomist, conservationist and teacher. His wife Elizabeth over the years helped very many children and young people to find education and jobs.

Clare Cameron – UK Treasurer of Tiyeni since March 2007. Clare spent 3 months with the Crossleys in 2005 teaching in local schools and learning about the Tiyeni farming method as seen in the first of the demonstration gardens near Mzuzu. She is a now UK civil servant

Rachel Caldin – Secretary to the Board of Trustees since March 2007. Rachel (mother of Clare) visited Malawi in 2007 and assists with administration.

David Jackson – Became a trustee of Tiyeni in July 2007 and has spent over 20 years in tropical agriculture working with smallholder farmers in southern Africa and the Caribbean. Before retirement he was a consultant in farming systems, tree crop development and soil and water conservation.

Colin Andrews – Started his career in land agency and became a chartered surveyor in 1973. He visits Malawi annually, and works to promotes the Scout moment, running a scouting centre at Kavusi on the Nkata Bay road. Over the past few years he has  visited the Tiyeni base in Mzuzu  to see the soil-care system and Tiyeni methods in operation. He became a trustee of Tiyeni in June 2013.

Dr Alan Dixon – Is a Senior Lecturer in Geography at the Institute of Science and the Environment, University of Worcester,  and  has worked in Malawi on several occasions as well as elsewhere in Africa and  has wide experience in community –based natural resource management and sustainable development. He became a trustee in June 2013.

Andrew Burroughs – Is a chartered surveyor by profession with a keen interest in agriculture and the field overseas. He became a trustee in July 2013.

Jane Whitlock – Is the accounts manager for  Tiyeni UK – Jane has lived and worked in Malawi and has supported students and farmers there for many years.