Many young people in Malawi view farming as boring work of older generations, despite its promise as a lucrative solution to poverty and unemployment. Furthermore, smallholder farmers are often unable to access water for irrigation, and fair markets for selling their products.
Together with the Center for Child Development & Research (CCDR), TEL is working with local youth groups to establish one-acre training farms to produce cash crops and value-added food products in rural and peri-urban settings. The project aims to increase engagement in agriculture by introducing innovative farming technologies and business models, in order to create promising, agro-based livelihoods.
TEL is working with CCDR to identify and procure solar-powered water pumps that both cost-effective, and appropriate for the distinct environmental contexts of each training farm. Furthermore, TEL will assist CCDR in leveraging simple mobile technology to provide greater pricing transparency and access to markets for smallholder farmers.
Stay tuned for the results of our program with the Center for Child Development & Research!