Chikumbu Village used $1800 in November, 2016 to Grow More Food. This project helped 2876 people across 464 households. Chikumbu contributed 5% ($90), materials, and labor. Partner Friends of Malawi also made a generous financial contribution.

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Chikumbu wants agricultural fertilizer to solve a persistent problem caused by poverty -- food insecurity. For most farmers, applying high quality fertilizer to hybrid seeds, will significantly increase yields.

Community Problem: Like most of Malawi, Chikumbu has suffered two bad growing seasons in a row. They were due to climate change, cyclical weather patters like El Nino, and lack of access to affordable, high-quality farm inputs like fertilizer. As the foundation of the Malawian economy, agriculture affects everything. Most Malawians experience a hungry season each year, when food stocks run low and families are forced to skip meals. Bad growing years extend the hungry season and drive people deeper into poverty.

Community Solution: Source high-quality fertilizer and deliver it to Chikumbu before the growing season begins in November. Smallholder farmers in Chikumbu will receive this fertilizer directly from the factory, receiving a good price that cuts out middlemen and opportunistic government officials. The fertilizer will help ensure a good growing season, and excess food can be sold to pay for education, heath care, and next season's farming inputs. This project will build capacity in a community that has invested its resources to cover 20% of the overall cost, including 5% in cash.

Partners: National Peace Corps Association

Outcome: fertilizer for the food growing season

Jul 2016
Village Raises Cash Contribution
Sep 2016
Project Posted
Nov 2016
Project Funded
Nov 2016
Project Completed
Field Officer Myson Jambo

Email: myson@villagex.org
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Change in Development Score:
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Dollars Invested in Projects in
Chikumbu Village (cumulative)

Change in Health Burden:
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*Scores based on # of waterborne illnesses, malaria cases, maternal deaths, and infant deaths per capita.
Change in Local Education:
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*Scores based on school enrollment and national exam passage rates per capita.
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*Scores based on # of agriculural and non-agricultural village businesses per capita.
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*Scores based on # of roofs with iron sheets, TVs, motorcycles, and smartphones per capita.
Change in Agricultural Production:
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*Scores based on # of 60 kg bags of maize produced per capita.
Change in Livestock Holdings:
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*Scores based on # of goats and cows per capita.
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