Malawi usually has rain from December through April, during which everyone grows maize. The rest of the year is rainless, with 80% of the fields turning barren and dusty. This is the emergency, before the emergency the world will read about. F2F’s most important 2016 project averts hunger and death. Already wells have run bone dry. Add in 25% inflation and a downward-spiraling currency and it’s foolish not to prepare for trouble.
The rains are dismal this year. The maize is wilting and the government has asked people to pray for rain. Global predictions place the center of a major drought on this part of Africa — El Nino’s impact. In Malawi, drought results in death.
Face-to-Face has a solution. Currently 10% of families in 14 tribal districts benefit from practical permaculture, bringing in food, nutrition, and income to the family. No investment, 300% increase in yield, less risk. We need to scale up and scale up now. That’s why we’ve launched our “10-to-50 Anti-Hunger Project,” which will increase the number of families growing more food from 10% to 50%. We’ll achieve this by training village reps to be permaculture facilitators, who’ll then teach 25-member village teams. This results in experts teaching where they live — peer-to-peer. By March, we’ll have over 500 villagers with permaculture training teaching their friends, relatives, and neighbors. This is a 400% increase. This is survival.
By the end of this year, half the population of 14 districts will be managing water, diversifying plantings, growing drought-tolerant plants, mulching, composting, and changing diet and lifestyles.We can save lives. And by we, I mean the villagers, F2F, and support from people who can help now!