Training materials

Guidance documents

Extension Circular and Fact Sheet on DBF from Malawi's Department of Agricultural Research Services (DARS):

Extension Circular - Deep Bed farming technology

Fact sheet - Deep bed farming technology 2022

Tiyeni's updated training manual will be available to download here in 2023. Please check back again soon.

How does group training work?

Tiyeni has from the outset sought to spread the word by training farmers to set up demonstration farms, for peer to peer learning.

We developed a decentralised model to include all farmers in a trainer group as part of the demonstrations. We call this the Decentralised Demonstration Garden approach.

For each training session, a different farmer’s land is used, in a carefully designed sequence over the season, in which different elements of the Tiyeni method are introduced. All farmers therefore all work in each other’s’ farms, share best practice, solve problems together, and end up comparing and caring for each other’s farms. This results in better crops and more cohesive community grouping.


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