The Tiyeni Fund

The Tiyeni Fund

Charity information

The Tiyeni Fund

Tiyeni’s innovative deep-bed farming system has the potential to be life changing for many of the poorest, most marginalised and most vulnerable people in northern Malawi. Tiyeni works with local communities to identify their farming needs and challenges, and to demonstrate how the deep-bed system can improve their livelihoods. Adopters of the system have experienced 50% increases in crop yields, even during periods of extreme climate variability and unpredictability.

Founded 2005

  • Mission statement

    Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The continuing degradation of the countryside in general and of the soil constitutes a serious national crisis for Malawi.

    Tiyeni’s innovative deep-bed farming system has the potential to be life changing for many of the poorest, most marginalised and most vulnerable people in northern Malawi. We provide a solution:
    Tiyeni works with local communities to identify their farming needs and challenges, and to demonstrate how the deep-bed system can improve their livelihoods. Conservation Agriculture and Agroforesty form key parts of the Tiyeni deep-bed method. Components include:
    • Contour ridges with closed ends
    • Deep and wide beds with zero tillage
    • Soil never compacted
    • Mulching not burning
    • Compost and manure
    • Companion planting The effect:
    • Ever increasing soil fertility
    • Food security in rural villages
    • Surpluses provide farm income
    • Foreign Food Aid programmes reduced

    The Tiyeni method reverses soil degradation by stopping erosion and building soil fertility. Tiyeni encourages simple farming improvements, which can prevent hunger and help villagers to be self-sufficient.

    Tiyeni means “Let’s go! ” and our ultimate aim is to replace the need for hand-outs through fostering food security.

  • Aims

    The Tiyeni Fund aims to:

    • To spread the Tiyeni method of soil conservation and of growing of healthy crops.
    • To eradicate hunger at household level.
    • To enable subsistence farmers to earn an income.
    • That the Tiyeni method be imbedded in agricultural practice throughout Malawi.
  • Overview

    Established: January 2005

    Registered Charity Number: 1113274

    Full time staff: 11

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 8

    Phone number: 07871626673

    Address: Flat 3, 23A Friar Street, Worcester WR1 2NA

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