Soils, Food and Healthy Communities (SFHC) Soils, Food and Healthy Communities (SFHC)

This farmer-led initiative, based out of Malawi, uses agroecological methods to address food security and nutrition issues. They use a participatory research model, allowing farmers to do their own research and teach others their findings. They also produce peer-reviewed scientific publications.

This farmer-led initiative, based out of Malawi, uses agroecological methods to address food security and nutrition issues. They use a participatory research model, allowing farmers to do their own research and teach others their findings. They also produce peer-reviewed scientific publications. 

Soils, Food, and Healthy Communities (SFHC’s) goal is to support rural Malawians to build healthy, sustainable, equitable, and resilient communities. SFHC focuses on gender, social equity, nutrition, and health (especially for children). They work with communities using transformative, participatory methods of training on agroecological practice and discussions about nutrition, gender, and governance. They are advocates for policy change.

Rachel Bezner Kerr described how the initiative is exploring a variety of ways to share its findings and information — through seed fairs, field days, drama, and increasingly through media articles. SFHC is becoming known as a source of “farmer to farmer“ shared knowledge. One woman works on her own on a farm and was able to achieve food security for her family. She said that she is an experimental scientist, and this is the result of “farmer to farmer” exchange.

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