Past Projects

Paprika Project

Our Paprika Project began in 2013 when 47 farmers took part in a pilot programme growing paprika as a cash crop. We provided training and support; fertilizers and fungicides on a loan basis (to be repaid when the crop was sold); and, crucially, we found a good market for the crop! The market had been the missing link and by enabling the farmers to sell their crop we have helped them earn cash which can provide school fees and healthcare.

We were delighted that the Paprika Project caught the attention of the Scottish Government and we received  a small grant which enabled us to support 200 farmers in the 2014/15 season; 488 in 2015/16 and 550 in 2016/17. When you consider that every farmer has eight dependents on average, the impact of this project is huge – reaching nearly 5,000 people by 2017!

Although the project ended in 2017, there is a legacy of farmers who have been trained in growing paprika, chillies and groundnut as cash crops and who now have a great understanding of the need to link their agricultural activities with the available markets. We have now turned our attention to younger farmers, aiming to inspire the next generation to farm using modern methods.

 

Anyone who knows the work of Malawi Fruits will know that the current website does not reflect the range of projects we are running.

Because of this we have decided to completely overhaul our website to make it much more capable of communicating all that we do. This, as often oftenhappens with technology, is taking longer than we hoped. So we have decided to amend the current website as an interim step. Outlines of our some of our current projects are below.

 

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