Making a big difference - crop comparisons

4 March 2022

In this update, we take a closer look at the difference between Deep Bed farming and other methods.

But first, The Soil Food Web Summit is back! Exploring How Regenerative Practices Can Heal Our Planet.

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Tiyeni's Colin Andrews will be speaking about Livelihood Problems for Malawi's Farmers. He joined Tiyeni in 2013 and became Chair of the Board in 2017. Colin's focus is on biodiversity with particular interests in insects, wildflowers, and trees and their effect on farming. Tiyeni's Executive Director in Malawi, Isaac, will join panel discussions.

Also hear from Tiyeni's highly qualified training team and some of the experts behind Tiyeni's success, Professor Alan Dixon and Francis Shaxson OBE.

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Crop comparisons

Same seeds, same planting dates, and weather, but the difference below is obvious. Sedion has received Deep Bed training and support at our central hotspot project in Chiwamba.

Sedion stands between his Deep Bed grown maize on the right and conventionally grown maize on the left.

Sedion says he's happy with the accelerating crop growth in his Deep Bed field compared to ridges and planning to extend his Deep Bed field this year.
Sedion says he's happy with the accelerating crop growth in his Deep Bed field compared to ridges and planning to extend his Deep Bed field this year.

Sedion also hailed Deep Bed farming's success in preventing soil erosion compared to conventional ridges. Top soil has been washed away on the left above.

We have many examples of this big difference. Charles is also pleased with how his crops perform in Deep Beds (left) compared to conventional ridges (right).

charles comparison

Deep Beds on the left. Conventional ridge crops on the right.
Deep Beds on the left. Conventional ridge crops on the right.

This photo shows pit planting in the foreground and Deep Beds in the background, all belonging to one farmer. The farmer has been impressed with the performance of Deep Bed Farming and plans to extend his field soon after harvesting.
This photo shows pit planting in the foreground and Deep Beds in the background, all belonging to one farmer. The farmer has been impressed with the performance of Deep Bed Farming and plans to extend his field soon after harvesting.

In pit planting, all the top soils have been washed away exposing the hard pan and in the process rendering the soils unproductive.
In pit planting, all the top soils have been washed away exposing the hard pan and in the process rendering the soils unproductive.

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Youth farmer - Edward Nyamwela

A youth farmer called Edward is reporting healthy and strong Deep Bed crops. He is setting an example in remote training using technology. Edward's in touch with our training team by email and WhatsApp. He also does a lot of Deep Bed training online at Tiyeni.org. You may remember seeing Edward's inspiring story during the Soil Regen Summit in 2021. He continues to make huge strides in farming.

Edwards says, "Together we can change the situation of farming in Malawi and the entire world and meet the ultimate desire of our economy." He reports that there is now zero soil erosion on his land. Many farmers that pass by stop to ask Edward how to follow in his success. He is successfully training some using our website.

Harvesting egg plants from his Deep Beds. These are for home consumption and selling, to provide for his household.
Harvesting egg plants from his Deep Beds. These are for home consumption and selling, to provide for his household.

Look at the amount of water that has been caught above. Edward is growing a mixture of crops.
Look at the amount of water that has been caught above. Edward is growing a mixture of crops.

Edward has a message to all other farmers - if we can put this farming technology into practice, hunger and poverty will soon be history. It's always possible, however young you are. Let's do this! Let's work together.

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