Charity partners

Tiyeni partners with other organisations when co-operative working is the best way to achieve results.

In Malawi we partner with research institutions including Mzuzu University, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUNAR), University of Livingstonia, DARS - Department of Agricultural Research Services, and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the ELSaN Environment, Livelihood, and Sanitation Nexus Project with Kyoto University.

In-country partnerships

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Luke International (LIN)

Tiyeni is contributing to LIN's Community Empowerment Program through training of community based organisations in Deep Bed farming.

Luke International (LIN) works to restore human health and dignity through building bridges between local and international development partners, creating interfaces between health and technology.

LIN and Tiyeni partner with a shared vision to empower communities in Malawi through promotion of good agricultural practices.

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Chancen durch Bildung e. V.

Tiyeni collaborates with the Germany based NGO, Chancen durch Bildung e. V., in Malawi through a partnership with the local non-governmental organisation, Wenani Development Network (WeDNet). WeDNet uplifts the lives of people in the sectors of education, health, agriculture, youth and women empowerment.

Tiyeni is training the school committees who manage school feeding programs with the support through WeDNet. Sustainability of the school feeding program depends on local production of food by the communities where the schools are located. Tiyeni is delighted that Deep Bed farming can meet this need.

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SMART Centre Group

SMART Centres vision is water, sanitation and food for all. The group is training the local private sector in Simple, Market based, Affordable, and Repairable Technologies.

Tiyeni and the SMART Centre in Malawi are partnering on water well initiatives to support the sustainable development of communities in Malawi.

Increases in the community’s livelihood assets, through water pump installation and Deep Bed farming, enables families to reach the first stage of basic water security for the first time.

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The Nchima Trust

Tiyeni has worked with Nchima trust for several years. Deep Bed farming training compliments the educational activities of Nchima Trust, a long-standing Malawi NGO since 1962. The partnership has been of considerable benefit to the local population of subsistence farmers in Mulanje, southern Malawi, which has grown into Tiyeni's southern hotspot project.

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Zomba TREEZ aims to mitigate the damage caused by the loss of the biomass and help reduce the effects of climate change in the Zomba area. Through raising awareness, tree planting, promotion of natural regeneration and fire prevention they aim to increase water retention, reduce soil erosion, provide clean air and water, and protect and preserve Malawi’s biodiversity. Tiyeni is an implementing partner in a TREEZ - SGG co-operation in Malawi, training community groups in Deep Bed farming.

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Sustainable Global Gardens is a small UK registered charity with a distinct approach to the problems of development in rural East Africa, that aims to make a contribution to Millennium Development Goal No 1, the eradication of extreme global poverty and hunger. Paul Keeley, Managing Director, partners with Tiyeni and TREEZ through longstanding relationships to deliver the TREEZ - SGG co-operation in Malawi.

International partners

We are proud to be a 1% for the Planet Nonprofit Partner making a positive impact for the environment.

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The Soil Food Web School

Tiyeni joined the Soil Food Web School as partner charity for the first ever Soil Regen Summit in March 2021. The event hosted international names in the soil science and land husbandry world, attracted a huge global audience and raised many thousands in donations towards Tiyeni's work. We were delighted to join as charity partner again for the 2022 summit.

The Soil Food Web School also awarded Tiyeni 10 scholarships for the Foundation Courses and the Certified Lab-Tech Program, worth USD$60,000.

The Soil Food Web School is an international community of change agents who are making an impactful difference in the effort to rescue our planet. They train people who help farmers to transition away from using chemicals, to working in harmony with soil biology. This results in significant benefits to the farmer and to the environment, as well as to the consumer.

UK partners

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Consortium for Battery Innovation

The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is the world’s only global pre-competitive research organization funding research into lead batteries for energy storage, motive and automotive applications. For more than 25 years, with its global membership of battery manufacturers, industry suppliers, research institutes and universities, CBI has delivered cutting-edge research pushing the boundaries of innovation in lead battery technology, setting the standard for advanced lead batteries and the next generation of energy storage. For more information, visit their website:    

Tiyeni and CBI collaborate to deliver an Innovate UK funded trial of a low-cost tractor featuring lead batteries and solar power for Deep Bed farming with Loughborough University called AfTrak.

AfTrak is the second bid application to be awarded to CBI in the past year after LoCEL-H2, a sustainable microgrid project using lead batteries and a novel, lead-battery-enabled funded by the European Commission under the Horizon Europe program. 

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Loughborough University (LU)

The Wolfson School of Mechanical Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering is one of the biggest engineering schools of their kind in the UK with a research portfolio of around £52m. CREST (Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology) has a cohort of around 60 academics, researchers and PhD students and a good range of laboratory facilities for prototype manufacture and testing. 

Tiyeni and Loughborough University collaborate to deliver an Innovate UK funded trial of a low-cost tractor featuring lead batteries and solar power for Deep Bed farming with The Consortium for Battery Innovation called AfTrak.

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Scotland Malawi Partnership

The Scotland Malawi Partnership (SMP) is the national civil society network coordinating, supporting and representing the people-to-people links between the two nations. SMP represent a community of 109,000 Scots with active links to Malawi.

In 2023 Tiyeni joined 1300+ members of individuals, organisations, schools and local authorities. We are bound together by commitment to working in partnership to strengthen our international relationship. As a charity based in England, it is testamount to our strong Malawi links to be invited into this network.

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Zerodig and Tiyeni share common growing system approaches and objectives to develop rural livelihoods. In 2021, Tiyeni and Zerodig began a new partnership to work together and maximise their collective output. Tiyeni is delighted that Zerodig is also directly supporting farmers in Malawi by donating a percentage of vegetable sales from their Oakbrook site.

Zerodig is a not-for-profit social enterprise changing the future of food production with ‘no-dig’ growing. The Zerodig project is developing a network of small regenerative market garden growers providing vegetables and developing rural livelihoods in the UK.

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Elm Green

Elm Green provides catering which is all about nourishment and the sharing of food, grown productively with a sustainable and regenerative approach. We are very grateful for the support of Elm Green Founder, Sarah Litchfield, and her passion to look after the world’s soils through her food business and philosophy.

Elm Green is directly supporting farmers in Malawi by donating a percentage of profit to our cause.

Funding partners

We are very grateful to all our past and current funding partners including those named below. Our work is only possible thanks to our dedicated supporters in the UK and beyond.

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Ian Kerr
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TA19 9RT

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