Rabson Charlie, a subsistence farmer in the Chikhwawa district, started practicing conservation agriculture including techniques such as pit planting and manure application as part of WFP's Africa Adaptation Programme. Using these techniques, Rabson realized a 250% increase in maize yields. This will help sustain his family for the next nine months.
Angela Simbi, a mother of four pictured with her sweet potato crop just before harvest. Angela received a hybrid variety of sweet potato seeds as part of the WFP Africa Adaptation Programme. This sweet potato variety is enhanced with vitamins, and Angela looks forward to the nutritional benefits that it will bring to her family.
“We didn’t know that we could use this river to help us harvest more food for our families,” says Beauty Kapito, a widow and mother of five children. “With irrigation farming, hunger will now be a thing of the past.” Through a WFP-funded irrigation project that started in September 2012, Beauty harvested nine bags maize from winter cropping. This saved her and her children from hunger during the October-to-March lean season.