Strong Communities and Organic Farming in Malawi

A villager is standing on a field.
On a permaculture and demonstration garden for agroecology farmers can experiment with different farming methods.

Farmers will be trained in agroecological agriculture techniques in a research and training centre. By diversifying their cultivation practices, they can increase crop yields and reduce their dependence on synthetic fertilisers. The centre provides a permaculture and demonstration garden for agroecology and encourages farmers to experiment with different farming methods. A man and a woman each form a so-called "Farmer Research Team" in order to try out new cultivation methods or combinations of seeds together with other farmers and sharing their findings in farmer groups. The centre also offers cooking classes to inspire participants to cultivate and eat a greater variety of foods. Gender roles are a major focus: women are empowered through agriculture and experimentation, and men are involved in the cooking classes.