80% of Malawi’s population relies on subsistence farming, yet only 11% use irrigation. This means that the vast majority of small-scale farmers rely on Malawi’s erratic rainfall to water their crops.
of Malawi's population relies on subsistence farming
of farmers use irrigation, meaning the vast majority rely on Malawi's erratic rainfall
Located south of the equator, Malawi experiences a dry season spanning months, which is a challenge for farmers who rely on crops for subsistence and livelihoods. But with irrigation, farmers can grow and harvest their crops all year round.
Our solution is a simple rope and washer pump which draws water from the ground reserves. This pump is installed by our water entrepreneurs at a convenient place next to the crop. All it takes is one person to turn the wheel, and water is pumped through the hose, giving the user the ability to irrigate an entire crop with minimal physical effort. Most farmers increase their crop turnover by more than 100% after investing in the irrigation pump, giving them food security and improved livelihoods, as they are able to sell surplus for profit.
A crop without vs. with irrigation
Farmers improve crop turnover by 100%
Supports Malawi’s women headed households
Assets are looked after and maintained
Farmers can harvest nutritious food all year round