It is one of life’s cruelest ironies that people in the developed world die from too much food, while people in the developing world die from too little. This is particularly true of Malawi, which is not blessed with the lush, verdant soils of the Congo and which has never been the breadbasket of Africa that nearby Zimbabwe once was. The farmers of Malawi have always scrubbed out a living from the depleted soil of their Motherland, dependent on the kindness of the rainy season for the success or failure of their harvests. However, as the impacts of climate change become more pronounced, the weather conditions during the growing season in Malawi have become more unpredictable and the lives of subsistence farmers in Malawi have become more difficult than ever.
Because of this, starting in 2017, Villages in Partnership is investing in large scale solar irrigation technology. This will allow the villagers we partner with to become less dependent on the weather for the success of their harvests. We have already chosen the site for the first irrigation project and we are moving towards the day when every farmer in Malawi will become self-sufficient.
In addition to our investment in solar irrigation, VIP supplies hundreds of farmers with improved seed varieties and fertilizers that provide increased crop yields and a buffer against future droughts. VIP also distributes livestock—primarily goats and chickens—to hundreds of vulnerable families. In turn, these livestock provide eggs, meat and a source of much needed income.