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Only 2% of Malawi’s arable land is irrigated, but accessed water from deep below the ground can now be harnessed to grow crops year round. Irrigation options mean that farmers are no longer completely dependent upon unpredictable seasons of rain.

The Problem:

Cyclical drought has caused severe food shortages for millions of Malawians over the past two decades. Food security is a top government priority. Only 2% of Malawi’s arable land is irrigated, but accessed water from deep below the ground can now be harnessed to grow crops year round. Irrigation options mean that farmers are no longer completely dependent upon unpredictable seasons of rain.

Our Solution:

Watering Malawi makes simple irrigation systems available to villages in Malawi empowering farmers to grow year round food supplies.

Acquiring the tools to grow sustainable food supplies year round reduces dependence on international relief efforts. Year round crops also raise the level of economic security for families as excess crops can be sold at market.

Village gardens like this one produce food for many families. Most villages in Malawi, if not all, must also feed a community of children orphaned by the pandemic of HIV/AIDS. There are one million orphans being cared for in Malawi.

A treadle pump to help water a garden costs around $200.  It pulls surface water and funnels it to water gardens.  Watering Malawi also enables Malawian gardening experts the resources to train farmers and find access to fertilizers for growing heathy crops. Kitchen gardens, drip irrigation, large and small-scale projects…we are watering Malawi one garden at a time.

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