Farmers in Malawi are coming together in the face of adversity

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Malawians are currently suffering the effects of El Niño – a complex weather phenomenon that brings severe drought, and with it, crop failure and hunger.

On 12th April 2016, the Malawian government declared a national state of disaster.

But thanks to your support, the farmers that Find Your Feet work with are now able to prepare for and endure unpredictable weather conditions.

Communities are coming together to learn, develop and use new farming technologies, in order to protect their crops and mitigate the impact of potentially devastating changes in climate.

Together, they are able to ensure food security in the face of adversity.

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“We know we cannot run away from climate change, but we can lessen its effect on us. We have combined crop diversification with food budgeting, and selling our surplus produce, so that we are prepared to face the future.”

Mestina Mhango is a lead farmer from the Rumphi District. She has 27 follower farmers with whom she shares her farming knowledge, helping them to grow more food.

This year, Find Your Feet’s work, and the life-changing impact it has for farmers has been recognised by the Big Lottery Fund, who have chosen Find Your Feet as one of the first charities to receive extra funding in the wake of El Niño.

But with small holder farmers making up 80% of the population of Malawi, many families are still in need of support. With your help we can enable even more farmers to come together this year, to become stronger and more resilient.



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