Gibson Mphepo the lead researcher for the Malawi T-learning case study, has been fetured in this video. Gibson explains,
This video is about a local farming practice called ‘mphanje’ which is one of the 13 local farming practices identified in the Lake Chilwa Basin (Malawi) through interactions with women . The practice is learnt informally through word of mouth and observation. From the video, you will learn about the process of making ‘mphanje’, multiple benefits of the system as a coping strategy in times of climate change and challenges associated with it. Because of the multiple benefits that the practice offers, you will hear farmers including the youth saying the system is deeply rooted that they will never abandon it. The video also highlights a major contradiction between ‘mphanje’ which involves maximum soil disturbance and conservation agriculture (or minimum tillage) which is a modern technology. Towards the end, the video highlights luck of perfect system in this world be it modern or local and recommends a hybrid system (of local and modern).
View the video on the Access Agriculture website: https://www.agtube.org/en/content/mphanje