Like many farmers in Malawi, Frank pinned his hopes on a very special crop - pigeon peas.
This hardy crop is ideal for Malawi’s dry soil. Its deep roots are resistant to drought, and can withstand the country’s increasing and destructive flash flooding.
But no matter how hard Frank worked on his crops, he couldn't escape a life of grinding poverty. Unscrupulous middlemen exploited farmers by using illegal buying scales to drive down prices.
It’s not enough to be good at farming. To survive, you must be good at business too.
Because this a Christian Aid Direct project, your donations have gone directly to helping farmers in Malawi.
Now that this project is fully funded, farmers like Frank can benefit from business training and resources so they can make a healthy profit from pigeon peas.
Frank confronts the devastating reality of climate change every year.
He relies on growing maize to feed his family but flash floods and droughts cause the crop to easily fail.
Pigeon peas are resilient to Malawi’s extreme climate, giving poor farmers like Frank hope for a better future. But sadly, Frank hasn’t been able to make a profit from his peas due to unscrupulous middlemen.
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