Farmers finish harvesting their rainy season crops in late May or early June. Irrigation typically ramps up as the farmers' time becomes more available. We have several projects that are in full swing now.
Ngwangwa Irrigation Project Farmers have planted maize to practice new irrigation and crop husbandry skills. This project will provide supplemental food and income to over 800 families.
Farmers who completed the training program last year are now employing the skills and strategies learnt. Farmers who demonstrate high potential are encouraged to join clubs and form an irrigation association. The base of the club is a new demonstration site at Ngwangwa. Here we are advising them on water tank construction.
Mziza Food Security Project Food security at Mziza has been strengthened by AWP through irrigation, management training and a micro-loan facility. Production is now robust and resilient. This year farmers have harvested over 35 bags per acre, a yield worth $525 on an investment of just $100. Other farmers in Lilongwe District (such as at Ngwangwa) have yielded much less due to erratic rainfall.