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Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development : Empowering Communities in Malawi

Environmental and Food Security 

Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development (JCED) has thirty demonstration plots for farmers and three demonstration plots for primary schools in Kasungu to illustrate conservation agriculture technologies.

Farmers learn practices and techniques such as manure making, afforestation, soil cover, and maize variety selection through participation in the demonstration plots. Some of the women have been able to showcase the work they have learnt through the demonstration plots. There are four adjacent demonstration plots that each contains three varieties of maize.

Each plot was applied with a different type of manure; the women started with land preparation and then minimally tilled the land to break the pan, covered the plots with crop residues, made manure, prepared for planting, applied the manure, planted maize and beans, and finally await harvest. The female farmers have been able to proudly share the progress of the demonstration plots, to the joy of the other villagers, chiefs, and JCED staff. 

For this reason, we would like to thank Misean Cara for the support towards the Environmental and Food Security project in Kasungu, Malawi and various beneficiaries such as the vulnerable groups, especially the women and youths who have continued been empowered. Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development (JCED) continues to work with local authorities and institutions including Village Development Committees.

Traditional Authority and Area Development Committees that have elected leaders to represent the various communities. In this respect the project promotes collaboration with local governance enabling local communities consisting of men, women and youth to enhance food security promoting increased incomes through their involvement in conservation farming, reforestation, and production and sale of energy efficient stoves to minimise emission of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. This therefore promotes the social rights of rural people to have access to food, incomes, and good living environment. This project contributes to reduced climate change impacts and reduction in global warming effect.

Source: www.zamdevelopsj.org

 

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