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The Agriculture Assessment in Malawi has reached the end of an incredibly rewarding month. The month was primarily spent  maintaining the experimental farm that was implemented in December, investigating the food supply chain in and around Blantyre, and building a network of contacts within the agricultural space who can further the development of our blueprint product . The team travelled out to our experimental plot in Nsambudzi on a weekly basis in order to care for the farm, and...

Roya Ghodsi
by Roya Ghodsi
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  The January Agriculture Assessment Team here in Malawi continued to develop a three-pronged solution to various pains faced by smallholder farmers. Firstly, the farming blueprint would seek to address issues of yield size, consistency of produce throughout the year and nutritional variety of crops. This would be complemented with a consultancy service for ongoing tailored support of the farmers. Finally, a distribution service would seek to alleviate issues of access to markets and provide...

Georgie Scott
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The energy assessment teams in Malawi had been working on a small scale solar solution to address the issues of energy security. Blackouts can vary between ten minutes a day to eight hours of electricity in three days. ModSol is a product that aims to improve the access to energy within Malawi through sustainable sources. So far, we have been testing a small scale solar product that can charge phones, reducing the need for community members to walk to barber shops and leave their phone...

Rhys O'Brien
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There can be a tendency to want to be perfect. To create the perfect product to fulfil our business’ value proposition. Howard Moskowitz, a researcher, food consultant and psychophysicist, researched and demonstrated in the 1980s that creating the perfect spaghetti sauce for Campbell’s Soup was not the most profitable option. Rather, segmenting their product line and creating a new product of extra chunky sauce (for those consumers who liked it chunky ’n’ funky) was best. This generated...

Cec Cameron
by Cec Cameron
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The December Agricultural Assessment Team left off the month having designed and begun implementation of a farm prototype tailored to the Malawian context. The prototype aims to test an integrated permaculture system consisting of companion cropping and crop rotation methods, designed to increase productivity of smallholder farmers, increase nutritional variety, and increase resistance to crop loss from pests, weather and weeds. At this stage in the project, it is intended that once the most...

Roya Ghodsi
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I have been tasked with Game Master. Mostly because I have a reputation for being a nerd and enjoying gaming, but also because I have a keen interest in this space and in utilising this platform, we want to ensure that the points you accumulate also result in meaningful  contributions, comments, ideas etc.  So without boring you with the entire guts of the gamification system (and I am sure many would want to know the mechanics of it!), I want to give you a basic overview of the logic...

Andrew Vild
by Andrew Vild
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The research conducted by the Malawi Agriculture Assessment team this month has revealed the poor pest- management methods used by smallholder farmers which pose significant threat to their food and income security. The surveys we conducted with smallholder farmers in the Nancholi area identified chemical pesticides as being one of the largest contributors to farmers’ input costs, particularly this dry season during which there has been an influx of pests and diseases. This excessive use of...

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by Roya Ghodsi
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With the majority of the population being subsistence farmers, agriculture dominates the lives of most Malawians, with much of their time and energy being put into growing, harvesting, cooking and eating maize. Lack of crop rotation removes nutrients from the soil, forcing farmers to depend on expensive fertilisers and causing only one yield per year. Farming and agriculture are inherent to Malawian lifestyle, culture, and economy.  Eighty percent of the rural population relies on...

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