The theme of World Health day (April 7th) this year is Food Safety. Food Safety is insuring that food is safe from the farm to the table.
Food is one of the biggest challenges in Africa. Getting food safely from the farm to the table is one part of this challenge, but even more challenging at this time is getting food on the farm! 90% of Malawians are completely dependent on the food they can raise on their own farms.
Inconsistent rains are one of the greatest factors in food shortage. Even though Lake Malawi is one of the largest fresh water lakes in the world, only 3% of farms in Malawi use any type of irrigation.
This summer our teams will be working with local farmers and through our Primary school to set up greenhouses and increase vegetable production at the Grace Center and on our two irrigated farms. We realize that we cannot feed the whole country, but we can encourage food diversity and food security through our agriculture programs. We will also be extending our goat herds into the village this summer. Three local families will be selected to receive a goat herd from the Grace Center. These families will be trained by our partners from Texas Tech Meat Science. The families will be expected to repay the goats over the next two years so that more families will benefit in the future.