Malawi and Kenya
Training Farmers in Climate-Resistant Agriculture Methods
Millions of people in Malawi and Kenya face food insecurity and potential starvation each year. More than half of Malawi’s population lives below the poverty line, and an estimated 37 percent of children under 5 are chronically malnourished. In Kenya, a third of the population lives below the poverty line, and an estimated 29 percent of rural children experience chronic malnutrition. Families headed by women are more likely to be food insecure than the average.
According to our partner Ecology Action, Grow Biointensive practices can help farmers overcome the hardships caused by climate change. This project will expand upon previous BGR-funded work to continue to help families attain food security through training in Grow Biointensive climate-resilient agriculture methods. Working from the Grow Biointensive Agricultural Center of Kenya (G-BIACK) headquarters in southwestern Kenya and a demonstration farm in the Mzuzu region of northern Malawi, the project will train 450 farmers, including 300 women, in methods such as composting, planting beds and kitchen gardening, crop rotation and diversification, soil and water conservation, and rainwater harvesting. Annually renewable project