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The Malawi Agriculture Assessment Team came close to moving mountains this month when presented with the challenge of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal of Zero Hunger. In order to gain a deeper understanding of the issues faced by smallholder farmers in Malawi, the team focused on conducting preliminary farmer and market research which was fed back into our working permaculture blueprint prototype. The results of previous teams, combined with the interviews we...

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  Ma lawian Agriculture is big business, making up roughly 80% of the country’s export economy. This means two things. 1. Big opportunities 2. Big hurdles   The December Agricultural Assessment team will be picking up from previous teams work from over the last 12 months in Malawi. Through the Design Thinking process an emerging trend in agricultural have emerged in Malawi: A lack of crop rotation, coupled with a dependence on fertilizer. Extensive use of pesticide Lack of...

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Purpose : Evaluate how effectively Indian permaculture blueprints can be adapted here in Fiji. Monthly Goal : Develop a display plot indicative of the overall India blueprints. End state : A 6-bed demonstration plot at Ranadi plantations.  Four weeks ago, 5 unassuming but determined trekkers, arrived at Ranadi Plantation for the very first time. Ranadi Plantations is Fiji’s largest organic certified ginger farm, comprising of 62 beachfront hectares, located in Deuba, Fiji. Over the...

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Situation : There are more than 6,000 farmers in the Sigatoka Valley of Fiji. Many of these are small scale farmers, selling their produce at local markets that themselves act as mecca for produce completely dictated by seasonal fluctuations. Add to this, the perishable nature of their produce during extreme wet seasons and an unpredictable dry season, little market power is held by the producers.   Purpose : To diversify and extend the harvesting period of crops in Fiji, and achieve...

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Lucy Noble

Sydney, Australia

Joined this community on Jan 30, 2017

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USYD

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Science

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Fiji

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