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.