Projects and Partners

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.

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


In-country partnerships

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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 have come together with a shared vision to empower communities in Malawi through promotion of good agricultural practices. The community clubs supported by LIN and trained by Tiyeni include:

  1. Nursery School Children support on feeding programmes
  2. Youth Activities (The youth department organises youth groups for talent activities, training and income generating activities)
  3. HIV/AIDS Support Activities (Home Based Care activities)
  4. Helping the elderly (food, house renovations etc)
  5. Income Generating Activities (Irrigation farming, livestock keeping, group marketing)
  6. Linkage forum with service providers

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.


International partnerships

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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.

Tiyeni joined the Soil Food Web School as partner charity for the first ever Soil Regen Summit, over 4 days 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.

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.

We look forward to long term beneficial relationship between our organisations.


Current Project example - Manyamula

This project began in November 2018 and benefits communities through increases in household food supplies and incomes. The first two years was funded in full by our partner, the Halcrow Foundation. Tiyeni has a sustainable continuation strategy for projects, and this are is now under direct management of government agricultural staff, with support from Tiyeni's training team.

Project acheivements:

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.

Farmers are working together for a joint future, with transformational strengthening of community cohesion occurring. 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!

Change is happening:

The Msimuko group – on the far left is Charles, one of the new farmers, who has tilled 0.4 hectares for converting to DBF
The Msimuko group – on the far left is Charles, one of the new farmers, who has tilled 0.4 hectares for converting to DBF

Lead farmer, Ronald, who farmed an acre of Deep Beds in 2019, is increasing the proportion of his land farmed with DBF this year
Lead farmer, Ronald, who farmed an acre of Deep Beds in 2019, is increasing the proportion of his land farmed with DBF this year

New groups include Marko and wife Monika who have just tilled 0.2 hectares
New groups include Marko and wife Monika who have just tilled 0.2 hectares

Another group of farmers making beds together in Mwanza village – there are 24 newly joined farmers in this village alone
Another group of farmers making beds together in Mwanza village – there are 24 newly joined farmers in this village alone

Farmers receive new T-shirts during a distribution ceremony
Farmers receive new T-shirts during a distribution ceremony

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.
Leonard and all of his family are happy after adopting Deep Bed farming on their land with training from Timothy and Godfrey.


Past Project

Chimbongondo and Embombeni

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.

Leonard and all of his family are happy after adopting Deep Bed farming on their land with training from Timothy and Godfrey.
Leonard and all of his family are happy after adopting Deep Bed farming on their land with training from Timothy and Godfrey.

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.
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
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)
Deep Bed field of Esther (back left) and her conventional field (lower right)

Nancy in her Deep Bed field in Chimbongondo
Nancy in her Deep Bed field in Chimbongondo

Langson and his wife in their DBF, Chimbongondo
Langson and his wife in their DBF, Chimbongondo

Weeding Deep Beds in Embombeni in January 2020
Weeding Deep Beds in Embombeni in January 2020

Deep Beds after rainfall in January, Embombeni
Deep Beds after rainfall in January, Embombeni

A diversity of healthier and more plentiful crops growing in Embombeni
A diversity of healthier and more plentiful crops growing in Embombeni

Mercy harvesting her crops in April 2020
Mercy harvesting her crops in April 2020