THE STORY IN THE MAGAZINE NEWS FOR THE VILLAGE AGRICULTURE
AND FOOD SECURITY AND PERMACULTURE PROJECT
Written by: Mphatso Jafali
In 2015, the project of agriculture and food security was launched and has been implemented by Thuchila Youth Org in Mulanje District, Malawi with support and partnership with SFP, USA directed by Susan Johnson.
Malawi is one of African country which depends on agriculture as source of food and family income. For instant, maize/corn, beans, millet, sorghum and rice are some of staple foods in Malawi. In 2015 Thuchila Youth Org (TIYEPAD NETWORK) partnered with SFP charity organization based in USA to supply staple seeds crops including maize/corn, dried beans, cabbages, pumpkin, carrots, onions, egg plants, watermelon and many other seeds crops to vulnerable groups including people affected and infected by HIV/AIDS, village women as well as school pupils. Since then over 5000 people in 18 clubs were benefited from the project which was distributed for communal, school and home gardens. The harvest of the crop yields which is also a positive impact/output of the project was for commercial and family food use and also nutritional supplement to people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans as well as community women. One of beneficiaries Charles Buleya who is also chairperson for one of club named Tiyamike support club which is among 18 supporting clubs recommends; “ It’s my sincerely thanks to TIYEPAD NETWORK ORG for the wonderful project bring to our village, people living with HIV/AIDS always need nutritional supplements for the healthy and long live. After the project we are able to assist our family as well as orphans in our respective homes after we sell our crops other part with family vegetable foods. On behalf of Tiyamike Supporting Club I want to thank Youth Organization and I encourage them to continue their good work in our villages to ensure that people from the villages have enough family food and that are able to generate family income”.
It has been noted that the project which has existed for 5 years now will benefit to over 7000 people by the end of 2018. Currently more other seeds crops have been received and distributed to over 500 people in Chiradzulu District in areas where high prevalence of drought whereby many crops were dried up of short of rainfall.
The Director of the Organization, Jonas Fadweck said; “Let me thank our partners SFP for their continuous support to the project. This wonderful project has been benefited to many people including people living with HIV/AIDS, orphans, school pupil, indigenous farmers as well as village women in form of family food and income. I would also like to thank our partner from Australia for the donation of permaculture manual and DVDs which helped our farmers to understand better on how they can practice and improve better standards for the conducive environment learning. Lastly, let me request our partners to continue their support to Malawian villagers and we will continue to be transparent and accountable till we make the micro project doable”.
In 2017/2018 season many parts of Malawi have been affected by drought many crops dried up in many areas which will surely resulted into hunger in many other village areas.