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, principally using the ten step method, as illustrated below.
Tiyeni partners with other organisations when co-operative working is the best way to achieve results.
At the end of 2020, a working agreement was established with a memorandum of understanding between Tiyeni and Luke International to formalise the good working relationship enjoyed for many years in Malawi.
The two organisations have come together with a common understanding of a shared vision to build on sustainable development approaches, to empower communities in Malawi through promotion of good agricultural practices.
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.
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. When Tiyeni discovered Soil Food Web in 2020, there was so much synergy between DBF and the techniques included in Dr. Elaine's Soil Food Web Approach, that a partnership was formed between our organisations. We are delighted to share that the Soil Food Web School awarded Tiyeni 10 scholarships for the Foundation Courses and the Certified Lab-Tech Program, worth USD$60,000. We look forward to long term beneficial relationship between our organisations.
This project began in November 2018 and will benefit people through increases in household food supplies and incomes. The first two years has been kindly funded by the Halcrow Foundation. Activities are being managed in the field by Tiyeni’s training team, working in collaboration with the Government Agriculture Office.
The project has strengthened the decentralized agricultural extension system in the project area to enable farmers to access vital agricultural information, technical support, and inputs to achieve self-sufficiency.
Our farmers work together for a joint future, with transformational strengthening of community cohesion occurring in the project area. Deep Bed farmer numbers continue to grow, and the lead and follower farmers work in groups when tilling their fields. Lead farmers also share ideas on how they can extend plots and help their follower farmers in the fields. One group of 10 farmers from last season has been joined by 13 new farmers to create a super group of 23 in the village of Msimuko!
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).
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?"
DBF creates robust soil conditions that can accommodate unpredictable weather very effectively. In fact, it is in the last 5 years when rainfall has been so sporadic, that DBF has been seen by so many farmers to be effective.
The people we work with depend on subsistence farming as their major livelihood activity and the project acheivements will be transformational.