Solar Corridor Planting to increase crop yields in Malawi

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Simpson Foundation

Team

Francis Kondowani Ngopola
Joseph Chipimpha Mughogho


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Summary

During this Fair, Simpson Foundation Malawi is showcasing the " Solar Corridor Farming System" as an Innovative, resilient and productive farming system to create a sustainable Food Future. 

There is a big shortfall between the amount of food we produce today and the amount needed to feed everyone in 2050, with about 3 billion more mouths to feed. Therefore, enhancing food security while contributing to climate change mitigation and adaption, preserving the natural resource base and ecosystem will require the transition to agricultural production systems that are more productive, efficient, with less variability and greater stability in their outputs, and are more resilient to climate related risks and shocks. Sustainable food production is no longer an option but a reality to create a sustainable food future.

 Solar Corridor farming system is a more productive and more resilient solution to meet the desired shift to manage land, water, soil nutrients and genetic resources more efficiently to meet the rising global food demand. Through reduced tillage, intercropping, and crop residue soil conservation, the management system improves soil quality; enhance Carbon and Nitrogen content, nutrient cycling, and high microbial activity.

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Clients / Target group

Simpson Foundation is working with rural resource poor smallholder farmers with less than  0.5 hectares of land, vulnerable and exposed to impacts of climate change. They are characterized by  5 months of critical food shortages from November to March and they survive through casual labour. Simpson Foundation identifies and provide soft loans as a revolving capital to lead farmers to establish Solar Corridor Farmer field schools to demonstrate, and disseminate the the comparative benefits of the system to fellow farmers engaged in tillage farming system. The targeted farmers are organized in Village Saving and loans group to mobilize, save money and access small loans to support and practice Solar corridor farming. Through the approach, the farmers acquire best practice  knowledge that enhance productivity of their farms,  improve the soil health, soil fertility,  reduce soil erosion, adapt to climate change, mobilize savings and access small loans. Over 500 farmers have been reached  in Mtchinji, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu Bwanje, Balaka and Mangochi districts.



Established collaborations and partnerships

The program has been supported by Simpson Foundation USA  until 2015 due funding constrains,  however the organization continue to endeavor through local resource mobilization to demonstrate and champion the Solar corridor farming system. We therefore have established collaboration and partnerships with :

  1. The Ministry of Agriculture through its departments and agencies to contribute toward the National sustainable agriculture goals, and access support mechanisms for farmers.
  2. Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources to access scientific research knowledge and advisory support in relevant areas of expertise.
  3. Total Land Care for sharing expertise in Conservation farming and farmer field school demonstrations.
  4. Sunbird Hotel, to demonstrate the benefits of solar corridor food production through their hotel gardens.

The concept economic, social and environmental impacts has moved and inspired opportunities for collaboration and partnerships to work together to contribute towards ending poverty and hunger, good health and well-being. The integration of village savings and loans in the farming system contribute towards gender equality and reduction of inequalities.

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Desired collaborations and partnerships

We desire collaborations and partnerships that are:

  1. Market-driven: to create inclusive and just opportunities to support and invest in sustainable productive systems to integrate and upgrade smallholder farmers in viable agri-business value chains. We would like to collaborate with local, regional and global partners in the private, public, Non Governmental Organization, Foundations, who shares a similar vision. 

 

  1. Evidence based collaborations: to demonstrate sustainable productivity of best practice systems to inspire high adopt rate of sustainable agriculture and natural resources management to empower communities, institutions and governments to contribute towards ending poverty, hunger, enhancing natural resource management to sustain livelihoods for all.  

 

  1. Global and regional networks: that are supported by an international, regional and local networks to provide solidarity and support to share resource opportunities and adopting lessons and best practices across countries.


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14:0000:30Soil quality and Solar corridor farming systemhttps://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand058 
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14:0000:30Solar corridor farming system for Climate Smart crop productionhttps://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand058
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14:0000:30Solar corridor farming system concepthttps://meet.lax.init7.net/4p1000stand058

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3 Comments

  1. Dear Friends from Malawi, we would like to meet you to learn more about your work. I am from the 4p1000 secretariat and Nandini is from stand 037. Please connect to the chat at https://chat.4p1000.org , search for our names and post us a message. Greetings Marc

  2. Thank you for sharing with everyone the work you are doing with small holder farmers in Malawi. I would like to invite you to visit our Stand 19 - Agripower Australia, to learn about the benefits that silicon fertiliser has for conservation agriculture, soil and plant health, and carbon sequestration. Please leave a message for us if you would like to meet and talk more! www.agripower.com.au

  3. Anonymous

    Really appreciate what you are doing for the farmers through your project. Would like to know if companion cropping can also be considered as it increases biodiversity and eventually enhances biodiversity in the soil as well. Josephine of HomelandGreen.HK of Stand 27 and Stand 35.