At Mziza farmers have embraced the techniques we have taught them. This year, more than 10 acres of maize, which was planted early and irrigated until the rainy season started, will mature before the 'hunger season' falls on the country.
Every February, tens of thousands of Malawians run short of maize for their staple food, nsima. Irrigation farmers can time a sizable harvest for February as a stopgap.
10 acres of maize might yield from 1,000 to 2,500 pounds of flour. When mixed with local vegetables, this harvest represents upwards of twenty million calories: that is, 10,000 - 15,000 meals.
On behalf of the farmers, we are very thankful for the support you offer to us!