We support sustainable agriculture as the first line of defence against climate change. At the farm level, training on good agricultural practices, such as water and soil conservation and shade management, supports farmers in sustainably growing coffee and adapting to climate change. At the organisational level, we work with cooperatives to develop environmental policies and training programmes to enable farmers to gain new skills, exchange ideas and access agri-innovations.

Twin's approach to sustainable agriculture

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  • good agricultural practices
  • climate adaptation & resilience
  • reforestation & diversification  
   

Case study: Emmanuel's story

Emmanuel Zuza Jnr
Global Poverty Action Fund (GPAF) Co-ordinator
Lives in Lilongwe in Malawi

As the GPAF-Project Co-ordinator, I work closely with Twin to develop training materials for the farmers in terms of Good Agriculture Practices in groundnut production. In order to develop these training materials and for them to be effective, Twin and NASFAM sit down together and discuss how best the trainings would be conducted, how the impact of the trainings will be measured and how the training would be monitored and evaluated in order to make improvements.

Twin’s role is to develop the Pilot GPAF learning framework, ensuring training has clear and achievable learning objectives, take learning from other participatory tools and work with NASFAM to introduce successful tools. Twin then provides support in determining the most appropriate ways to deliver content to members, and helps to improve monitoring so continuous learning is taking place. Twin has helped me to increase my knowledge on how best one can train smallholder farmers and how the progress can be monitored to see if the training was effective.

Working with Twin has had a positive impact on NASFAM smallholder farmers. Twin facilitated the implementation of double planting on ridges for increased yields, which has assisted farmers in utilizing land to its full potential and has prevented them from cutting down trees to open up new farm land. Twin and NASFAM have also been training farmers in better drying techniques to reduce post harvest loss and aflatoxin contamination. With the help from Twin, farmers were also trained in the importance of mulching. This is a good thing because not only are the farmers facilitating in water infiltration but they are also improving the soil fertility.

Following my experience working with Twin on the GPAF-Project, I feel that Twin is doing a great job in as far as groundnut production is concerned. Twin has also assisted me in terms of my personal career development. Working with Twin has helped me to gain more knowledge and understanding of project planning, monitoring and evaluation. Twin has also improved my understanding of crop protection. Last but not least, working with Twin has helped me improve in my writing techniques both report writing and research writing (writing evidenced based reports) so that the findings can be used to address a challenge.