FOOD SECURITY AND LIVELIHOOD
The Evangelical Association of Malawi (EAM) helps Malawians to improve their ability to produce and buy their own food and to increase their income. EAM mainly targets small subsistence producers such as women to empower them to be resilient to climate threats and market shocks.
To achieve these objectives EAM uses different strategies, such as:
Teaching how to establish small-scale irrigation systems.
Promoting small-scale livestock breeds of pigs and guineafowl to generate income.
Promoting and establishing village savings and lending groups to develop a saving culture and to create a source of capital at reasonable interest rates and flexible lending conditions.
Promoting fruit production to generate income.
Training how to increase agricultural productivity through a diversification of high value crop varieties. Sometimes we also provide the seeds.
Teaching new farming technologies (for example conservation agriculture or seed storage) to improve productivity.
Promoting energy saving stoves to protect natural resources.
Promoting collective marketing initiatives so that farmers sell their products in groups. By doing so, they can dictate the price of their products and vendors are by-passed on the value chain.
Implementing agricultural demonstration plots in villages as training centres.