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Irrigation farming in Malawi

Irrigation farming in Malawi
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A woman posing in front of her winter crop.
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Children playing in their parents' garden in Malawi.
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A small holder farmer preparing his land ready for winter farming.
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Solar pumps have made it easy for small holder farmers to irrigate their fields using hose pipes. In the past the farmers were using watering cans to irrigate their fields.
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A woman planting for the winter season. Irrigation farming has improved food security for many families in Malawi; they can noe plant three times a year.
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Rain fed agriculture has not been relieable for the past years. This has led communities to go for months without food. however, with irrigation farming, farmers now can produce enough for their families
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A couple getting ready for winter planting. .
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The use of certified seeds in irrigation farming has also made farmers to produce better.
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A drive to encourage small holder farmers to use certified seed in Malawi has been a success. This has seen the country becoming food secure for the past five years
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Irrigation has improved many people's lives. Small holder farmers are now engaging in the planting of vegetables that have a ready market.
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Some of the vegetables being planted by small holder farmers.
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Vegetables are easy to produce but storage has been a problem for many farmers.
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A lady poses in front of her maize winter crop. The maize was produced through use of solar pump.
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Households have benefitted from planting three times a year.
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Food security has improved in the past five years, thanks to the uptake of irrigation farmers.
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Vegetables have a quick market and are easy to produce for small holder farmers.
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Women have also benefitted from the introduction of solar pumps. Here a lady irrigates her cabbage field using a hose pipe.
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A woman poses in her irrigated field in Malawi.
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Tomatoes are also one of the plants that has improved the lives of smallholder farmers.
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A farmer poses in front of his tomato crop.
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The solar panels generates power to drive the pump. the pump then fills the concrete tank with water, which is later distributed to fields through gravity.
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In areas where there are platsic tanks, strong winds have caused havoc to the projects.This tank fell and broke leaving the farmers stranded, the maintanance of the system is expensive for poor rural farmers.
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A woman fixes a pipe that feeds her field from the main water tank.
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The tanks are located uphill to allow for gravity to distribute water to surrounding fields.
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For the past five years, Malawi has managed to achieve food security. There have been efforts to encourage irrigation farming to supplement rain fed agriculture. Lilongwe, Malawi. 27th July 2011

With help from NGOs, small holder farmers have managed to acccess high-tech equipment for irrigation. The latest craze is the solar pump irrigation system. Though its price is prohibitive, the system has helped farmers to plant three times a year. Problems of sustainabilty of the systems have been raised; the equipment is too expensive to maintain. However, some communities have created pool funds for repairs in case the system breaks down. Crops that are being produced are cabbages, tomatoes, maize, vegetables and onions. Farmers involved in these projects have seen their lives change for the better. after selling their produce, they can now afford to buy basics for their families.

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