Lead farmers - spreading technology in Malawi
With the shortage of agricultural extension officers, Malawi is training 'lead farmers' who pass on farming technologies to their peers. The lead farmers are selected by their own communities, and are taught a wide range of farming techniques including conservation agriculture and soil fertility management. They are also encouraged to promote farming as a business. Extension workers have welcomed the initiative, in reducing the pressure on them to cover vast areas. Excello Zidana speaks to a lead farmer, an extension worker and Malawi's director of extension services, to find out more.
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