Tiyeni has a proven track record of delivering projects to farmers across different regions in Malawi. Projects show farmers how to improve their crop yields, using extremely low-cost, low-technology methods.

Current Project example - Manyamula

This two year project began in November 2018 supported by the Halcrow Foundation and will directly benefit 280 farmers. Activities are managed in the field by Tiyeni’s Field Officer, Timothy Moyo, working in collaboration with the Government Agriculture Office.

Project acheivements:

In year one 140 farmers and 30 Lead farmers were successfully trained. Each group member has now established a Deep Bed area on their farm/garden and took turns over the last year hosting demonstration sessions for the other members of the group. The trained Lead farmers are this year training follower farmers in their areas.    

There is an increased demand for DBF from surrounding villages. Five villages have submitted their requests to Tiyeni, with more than 200 additional farmers from these villages wanting to be trained!

The photos below record the field work in progress:

Making pit compost
Heaps of Bokashi compost made in July 2019
A farmer shows the soil 'hard pan' which must be broken up manually
A group of farmers till the land in July 2019
Farmers receive new T-shirts during the distribution ceremony
After making beds farmers were trained in pre-planting compost application
Tiyeni staff enjoy when they see how Deep Bed farming transforms farmers experience of what the land can give! Here is Godfrey Kumwenda (Training Manager) holding the camera and Manyamula Field Officer, Timothy Moyo, showing a huge contrast between Tiyeni’s Deep Bed maize (right) and the plants grown on traditional ridges (front left). 
Leonard and all of his family are happy after adopting Deep Bed farming on
their land with training from Timothy and Godfrey.

Past Project example - Chimbongondo and Embombeni areas
These neighbouring areas in the Northern region of Malawi have been supported over 2 years. The transformation of the Deep Bed fields and the flourishing quick growth of crops has been dramatic. Like many in the areas, a trained farmer asks “Where was this technology all these past years when hunger ruined our lives?"
Trained farmer Wellings by his crop stand in 2020. He says ever since he started cultivating this field,
this stand is unique. He applauds DBF.
In Mwai’s field a good cover crop suppresses weed growth at the same time as
reducing the impacts of rain drops
Deep Bed field of Esther (back left) and her conventional field (lower right)
Nancy in her Deep Bed field in Chimbongondo
Langson and his wife in their DBF, Chimbongondo
Weeding Deep Beds in Embombeni in January 2020
Deep Beds after rainfall in January, Embombeni
A diversity of healthier and more plentiful crops growing in Embombeni
Mercy harvesting her crops in April 2020