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Tobacco farmers

Malawi’s Addiction to Tobacco

Willard Gardosa has been managing about an acre of land for staple food, for two years. Since joining Climate Smart Agriculture, he has diversified from maize to interplanting beans, mustard leaves and sugar cane. Onions are also popular as they are not so perishable as other crops and so he can wait for them to get a good price at the market. CSA has come at an opportune time. Last year Willard made 800k MK from tobacco (about $1900) from his other fields. At the recent auctions, his revenues dropped to 300k MK ($720), mainly due to a price drop on international markets.… READ MORE >

Foodie wisdom at Whitmuir

It was when discussing liver flukes that I realised how much of a balancing act organic farming can be. Pete Ritchie, the Whitmuir Organic Farm founder and director, explained how difficult it is to keep his upper field drained, to keep the rushes and parasite host-snails down. According to Novartis, previously less affected areas like SE Scotland can "no longer be regarded as safe" as warm wet weather becomes more commonplace.… READ MORE >