World Vision Malawi has urged communities to champion modern farming technologies to avert hunger and climate change.
The remarks were made by World Vision Malawi Food Security and Resilience Coordinator for South Zone, Crenodia Chigamba, during a field visit to appreciate maize fields at Nembo Irrigation Scheme in T/A Njema area, Mulanje on Friday.
Chigamba said they are working with 32, 260 families in Njema area sensitizing them on climate change and how they can deal with it to have more food in their homes.
“We would people here at T/A Njema to adopt modern farming technologies inorder to increase crop production and attaining food security status in their households,” she said.
She added that it is WVI wish to ensure that each farmer produces good harvest through irrigation farming so that children have food to eat throughout the year.
Chigamba also said the organisation would like to see each household be food secure to improve nutrition, health and economic status of children and every household member.
She further encouraged farmers to adopt modern farming technologies in order to realize bumper harvest.
Chigamba also applauded government for the irrigation scheme and said World Vision is committed to complement its effort to ensure food availability, hence the good work relation.
“This is a government funded scheme, but as World Vision we are supporting farmers with farm inputs and fertilizer,” said Chigamba.
Representing Mulanje District Commissioner during the function was Cox Thom Mutharika, who commended World Vision for the good work in the area.
He described it as a good development towards food security since days of relying on rains for farming are over.
Nembo Irrigation Scheme chairman, Charles Kenani thanked WVI for their assistance from providing farm inputs, fertilizer.
“ Without World Vision we could not have singing of bumper yields at our scheme. We provided us with farm inputs and fertilizer. They also sensitize us on irrigation farming,” he said.
He said, the scheme which was established in 2005 has 53 hectares of land.
World Vision Malawi has been working in Njema area on Malawi Household Food Security and Resilience from October 2010 and the project is expected to finish in September 2024.
The project aims at improving the quality life of 32,260 people in T/A Njema by 2024.
The programme has five projects including Malawi Water Sanitation and Hygiene (MWASH), Maternal Newborn and Child Health (MNECH), Malawi Literacy Empowerment through Action Research and Networking (MLEARN), SPONSORSHIP and Malawi Household Food Security and Resilience (MHFS&R)
Malawi Household Food Security and Resilience aims at increasing the Proportion of households with minimum improved dietary diversity by 2020 through sustaining food availability at household level (food from own production) and sustaining access to adequate food (through economic empowerment)
Activities under sustaining food availability are Conservation agriculture, Manure making, Irrigation farming, Forestry, Promoting wood saving stoves, Livestock production and Disaster risk management
Activities under sustaining access to adequate food include Village Savings group and Commercial groups.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :