The Tiyeni Fund was set up by life-long residents of Malawi, who have worked to help rural communities for many years. All the staff in Malawi are local Malawians who have a passion in saving their country from starvation. They do this by demonstrating sustainable farming practices to prevent devastating soil erosion.

There are now over 12,600 farmers who have adopted through our Decentralised Demonstration Garden approach, by receiving training directly from Tiyeni staff, by Lead Farmers training others in their communities and partly by just copying their neighbours. The number of farmers adopting continues to grow exponentially.

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The continuing degradation of the countryside in general and of the soil in particular constitutes a serious national crisis for Malawi. In 1997 a World Bank study of agriculture in Malawi stated that for each hectare of farmland 20 tonnes of topsoil were lost each year.  In Northern Malawi this is as high as 29 tonnes.

The Tiyeni method reverses this with water and soil conservation practices. 

Tiyeni means “Let’s go!” and our ultimate aim is to replace the need for hand-outs of money, food and fertiliser in rural districts.  This can only be done sustainably by training farming communities and enabling them to support themselves.

  • Tiyeni values the right of a person to be able to feed his family
  • Tiyeni values and respects the aims and wishes of rural communities
  • Tiyeni values the care of the soil as the basis of good land husbandry
  • Tiyeni values conservation of the natural environment and its resources