KULIMA-School Without Walls
A virtual event launching an exciting movie detailing impactful aquatic food system practices that can improve the sustainability, inclusivity and productivity outcomes in Malawi.
Date: Friday, 7 May 2021
Time: 20:30 (Malawi)
In Malawi, the driving force of their food production sectors is the smallholder farmers who, on average, manage farms of around one hectare. However, impacts are climate change is declining the fertility of the soil, making it increasingly difficult for them to provide enough food for a fast-growing population. To improve the situation of these farmers, the Malawian government, with funding from the European Union (EU), initiated the ‘KULIMA Programme’.
The aim of the KULIMA program is to promote sustainable agricultural growth to increase incomes, employment, and food security in Malawi. The program ensures the availability, accessibility, and effective leveraging of research for food systems development through innovative partnerships with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR), the German development cooperation agency (GIZ)’s Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) and German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
One of the measures under the KULIMA program is the establishment of ‘Farmer Field Schools’ by CGIAR research centers and other implementing partners. As a member of CGIAR operating under this program, WorldFish promotes diversified fish farming systems and the adoption of other aquaculture technologies for improved productivity through collaborations with partner CGIAR Centers. This includes sharing cereals from CIMMYT and ICRISAT, potatoes from CIP, and vegetable production from FAO/ADD through the Integrated Agriculture Aquaculture System.
In May, the KULIMA program premiered a captivating documentary titled ‘KULIMA-School Without Walls.’ It portrays the idea of a school that welcomes all walks of life in Malawi, from smallholder farmers, scientists to extension officers, where they come together to share and learn innovative fish farming techniques, improved fish species, feed formulation as well as pond construction and management, for improved food production and livelihood outcomes.