Woman Farmer Heads-Up Conservation Agriculture Techniques in Malawi

Across three countries in southern Africa where maize (also known as “corn” in the Americas) is a staple food, a farmer-centric approach to adopting conservation techniques in agriculture is resulting in better food crop yields—a blessing for the region’s small-scale farmers.

Many small-scale farmers in Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia, where the techniques are being tested, have long had to deal with poor soil, little rain, and low yields. Conservation Agriculture improves the long-term environmental and financial sustainability of farming by adopting soil management practices that minimize disruption to the soil’s structure, composition, and natural biodiversity.

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