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Publication | 11 June 2021

Agroecology as a way to improve farmer livelihoods now and in the future: An example from Malawi

Global Food and Nutrition Security

Farmers in Northern and Central Malawi joined an SFHC project, the Malawi Farmer-to-Farmer Agroecology Project (MAFFA), to receive training in agroecology, experiment with practices and seeds, and participate in farmer exchanges and discussion groups.  Agroecology not only gave farmers access to more diverse food groups and more of their staple food, maize, but also was linked to a significant increase in household income.  Particular practices associated with improved food security were crop diversification, legume residue incorporation, compost, and legume intercropping.