Farmer Peter increases food production and feeds his family
Peter Mukhwana is a 30 year old farmer whose main livelihood comes from his intercrop farming of banana, coffee, beans and maize, as well as his livestock including cattle, goats and chicken. Peter, his wife and four children live in a small mud house, which has an iron sheet roof, but lacks basic sanitation and latrine facilities. Peter reports that he listens to FVR programming on Mondays and now has access to free information, at the right time for harvesting. Though there is limited food security for Peter and his family, he reports that adopting practices about intercropping has increased his financial stability and food production for his family.
Farmer Agnes helps community learn more about biogas and commercial tomato farming
Agnes Wanda, a 50 year old farmer, has been cultivating her land to provide high levels of food security for her family. Alongside subsistence farming, she also participates in commercial farming of tomatoes.
Agnes reports that her farm was not always this productive, especially during a period where her banana plantation was infected by a banana bacterial which infected her matoke (cooking banana).
After this episode, Agnes decided to put into practice her newly gained knowledge from FVR programs. Her most successful intervention was in producing biogas, an approach which only a few farmers in her area were involved in. As advised on FVR, Agnes began by using the manure produced by her livestock and cattle. She reports that her production of biogas has been so successful that she no longer has the burden of buying paraffin and is able to produce her own electricity, which she uses for cooking food and electricity for her household.
Farmer Agnes demonstrates her tomato farming:
In addition to producing biogas, Agnes also grows tomatoes for commercial selling. This form of enterprise means that Agnes and her family do not depend on the seasons and subsistence farming for their food. She is able to provide food security throughout the year through the financial profit she gets from the commercial selling.
Through FVR [I] am able to produce throughout the year, even during the dry season…I am able to get income through the year through the sale of the agricultural produce ”
Agnes proudly states that she has become a key part of her community as her farm has become a demonstration farm for other farmers. This has allowed her to share her knowledge and practices, as well as encouraging other farmers to do the same.
“ My farm serves as a demonstration farm in the district. Many farmers come to get
information on how to build a biogas and other practices on my farm. With improved varieties of tomato on my farm, more farmers come for the seeds and seedlings”