Current farming methods are failing the people of Malawi, who face periods of severe hunger for as much as 3 or 4 months every year in some areas. The land has been depleted of much of its goodness. The country’s current farming output is achieved mainly by the use of chemical fertilisers, but these are too expensive for sufficient use by the majority of villagers.
The land on the farm is being used to demonstrate a zero tillage, conservation farming technique, known as Foundations for Farming. This will demonstrate a more successful method of farming but will also provide a basis for disciple-making among local people. Part of the vision of the originators of this farming method in Zimbabwe was that the church might use it to preach the gospel and make disciples.
For more information about Foundations for Farming, see the website www.foundationsforfarming.org.