Video on Mphanje – A local farming practice in Malawi

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

2018-07-04T08:41:52+00:00

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