F2F sets event dates to launch Victory Garden Campaign in Malawi

July 6, 2016 (Brooklyn, New York)

—Face-to-Face announces the dates and activities of 3 community events near Lilongwe to launch The Victory Garden Campaign to Fight the Food Crisis in Malawi to help 100,000 Malawians ward off hunger by cultivating high-yield, low-cost home gardens. With Malawi facing its worst food crisis since 1985 due to severe drought and a 42% maize harvest decline over two years, this campaign provides a long-term, alternative solution to reduce the nation’s dependence on maize.

The Victory Garden Campaign

The Victory Garden Campaign teaches villagers to create 2.5 meter squared home gardens that utilize organic, bio-intensive, and permaculture practices, and continually produce food even through the dry season. The victory gardens also reduce the risk of relying solely on one crop (maize), increase income by selling surplus food, decrease costs by eliminating chemical fertilizers, improve soil quality, and reduce erosion. 22,000 households — 100,000 people based on an average of 4.5 people per family — will benefit from victory gardens by the end of 2017.

The Launch of the Campaign

Face-to-Face, a nonprofit that enables the poor to rely on themselves to break the cycle of poverty, will launch the Campaign with three public events, as follows:

1.   TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY CHISEKA DISTRICT LAUNCH EVENT & CHADIKA YOUTH TOURNAMENT OF HOPE Sunday, 24 July: 10am – 6pm, Chadika Community-based Organization, near Mitundu city.  Victory garden demonstrations and village tour; youth group garden dramas, song, & dance competition;  boys football  and girls netball tournament finals

2. TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY TSABANGO DISTRICT LAUNCH EVENT & KANG’OMA YOUTH TOURNAMENT OF HOPE,  Sunday, 31 July: 10am – 6pm, Traditional Authority Tsabango’s home and Kang’oma Community-based Organization, near Lilongwe. TA victory garden demonstration and garden tour, presentation of TA garden to the community, demonstration to TA by the HIV+ Strong & Positive Mother’s Club of Kang’oma, village tour; youth group garden dramas, song & dance competition; boys football and girls netball tournament finals

3.  TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY MALILI DISTRICT LAUNCH EVENT & MCHENGA YOUTH TOURNAMENT OF HOPE, Saturday, 6 August: 10am – 6pm, Mchenga Community-based Organization, outside of Likuni Parish, Lilongwe. Victory garden demonstrations and village tour; youth group garden dramas, song, & dance competition; boys football and girls netball tournament finals

 For more information about the campaign or the events, please email: ken@facetoface.org.

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