IVY CHAUYA, CHIGODI PROGRAMME MANAGER MALAWI
In Malawi's Chigodi community, many families rely on farming and livestock for their food and income.
No more than three years ago, parents Rozalio and Edna struggled to provide for their six children. “Our children were often attacked by malnutrition due to lack of proper food and their lives faced great danger,” Rozalio explains.
Despite working tirelessly on their 1.5 hectares of land, Rozalio and his wife could not harvest more than six bags of maize at the end of each growing season. Lack of fertilizer, good seed and erratic rains are some of the major factors that contributed to the family’s poor harvest.
Determined to provide for his family, Rozalio attended a week-long World Vision agricultural training course. At the end of the week, Rozalio and 83 others gained knowledge on how to enhance crop and livestock production through modern farming methods. “During the training we learnt a number of things including use of irrigation, drought resistant crops, organic manure and crop diversification,” Rozalio says.
Inspired by what he learned, Rozalio began growing maize and sweet potato crops, allowing him to buy and sell food for his family. To improve food security and income for families, World Vision supports farmers by providing them with access to markets. Now, farmers are getting together to sell their produce, making a profit and sharing their learnings with one another.
Pictured: 9-year-old Lucia and her mother Edna are sorting sweet potato seedlings together before selling them at their local market.
Now, Rozalio earns enough to support his farm and children by providing them with food, school uniforms and learning materials. 9-year-old Lucia is now able to succeed in school and her education has improved, “I used to score low grades during exams, I lacked concentration in class due to hunger. The situation has now improved as I get good grades,” Lucia explains.
“I am proud to say that hunger and malnutrition in my family will be history,” says Rozalio proudly.