1 December 2016 Last updated at: 10:56 AM

As poverty, hunger hit Malawi: Zomba residents switch to irrigation farming

The effects of hunger that has fueled poverty in Malawi has pushed Zomba residents to switch to irrigation farming.

The 2015 devastating floods that hit the country’s agricultural sector, pushed for a deceleration of economic growth to 2.9 percent in 2015 down from 5.7 percent in 2014.

The dry spells that came after the floods saw nearly half of the country’s population being food insecure, a development that increased poverty levels in the country.

Christopher Mtima

Christopher Mtima: Irrigation is way to go.

Taking a resilient action towards poverty in the country, Zomba residents through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA) have rolled out irrigation projects to ensure food security.

The residents under Community Based Organizations (CBOs) disclosed that the irrigation projects have changed their economic status arguing that they are able to produce food enough for their families and for the markets.

Speaking in an interview with Malawi24, Chirimba Women and Children Support Organization coordinator Christopher Mtima said the project will improve economic status at a household level.

“This is our first year and we hope that in the coming years we are to have more fruitful fruits out of this irrigation project, but you can now see that people around here have already started benefiting from this initiative,” said Mtima.

While commending the project, Chief Chipande for the area called for need to have more projects in the district arguing that it will help in transforming many residents.

Malawi government through DoDMA launched irrigation projects where among other things residents are given treadle pumps and helped in the construction of dykes.

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