April 2020: this page is in the process of being updated.

Tiyeni has trained farming groups in all districts of Malawi totalling over 12,600 individual farmers. This is from just 38 farmers trained in 2013.

In 2018 alone, our staff trained >2,500 farmers, provided starter packs of tools and seeds to >1,200, and this resulted in >5,000 follower farmers adopting the farming method.

Adopters of Tiyeni’s farming system experience at least 50% increases in crop yields, even during periods of extreme climate variability and unpredictability and some farmers benefit from over 200% increases. Tiyeni aims to achieve the following targets for all beneficiary communities:

  • High levels of change in farming practice – to empower farmers
  • Reduction in food insecure households - 15% minimum
  • Increased income for farmers from sale of crops - 30% minimum

Long-term improvements will be achieved acheived in:

  • livelihood assets of farmers to make their families food secure all year round
  • capacity to get maximum cash income from surpluses due to increased yields
  • social capital through farmer groups
  • food sovereignty and wellbeing from food supply and nutritional status
  • gains in water retention, soil quality, plant biodiversity and crop productivity.

In data collected from over 500 Tiyeni farmers - the 'Impact Study report 2018';

  • using the Food Insecurity Experience Scale (FIES) data shows a steady decline in all levels of food insecurity (mild, moderate and severe) for DBF farmers.
  • farmers who start practicing DBF on small pieces of their land (average 0.1ha), steadily increase the land size over subsequent years and can progress to sustainably convert their whole endowment of land to DBF.

Recent projects: 2-year project in Madisi EPA, 1 year project in EPAs of Zombwe, Emsizini, Bwengu and Chitheka, 1 year project in Chimbongondo, 1 year project in Embombeni, small training project in Bembeke, Dedza and 1 year intensification programme in 6 neighbouring EPAs (Kazomba, Hola, Mpherembe, Malidadi, Bolero, Mhuju)

Tiyeni is currently running hotspots in the central and northern region at Chimbongondo, Chitipa, Manyamula, and Chiwamba. Tiyeni’s multi-year plan is to develop 3 large “showcasing” hotspots in North, Central and South regions.