Like many farmers in Malawi, Frank is pinning his hopes on a very special crop this Harvest - 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 works on his crops, he can’t escape a life of grinding poverty. Unscrupulous middlemen are exploiting farmers by using illegal buying scales to drive down prices.
It’s not enough to be good at farming. To survive, you have to be good at business too.
Will you help us give business training and resources to farmers like Frank so they can make a healthy profit from pigeon peas?
‘Even though I am growing more pigeon peas than ever, my life is miserable because of the low prices offered by the traders. The money is not enough to feed my family or pay school fees for my four children.’Frank Zulu