Simple Tech, Major Impact – Alleviating Food Poverty

Dramatically increasing crop yields & transforming lives for small holder farmers in south east Africa.

An Interview with Colin Andrews of ‘Tiyeni’ – Malawi

Episode 14.

Published on 14th July 2022

Interview With:

Colin Andrews

Colin Andrews

Tiyeni

Colin trained in Land Agency and is a former chartered surveyor. He became a trustee of The Tiyeni Fund in 2013 and Chair in 2018.
Much of his life has been spent observing and studying flora and fauna in many countries and teaching “Nature Studies” to children and young adults.

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In this interview I’m joined by Colin Andrews to discuss regenerative practices that are substantially increasing crop yields for small holder farmers in Malawi, along with the wider implications for food security worldwide.

Show Notes:

Climate change can be a challenging topic for people to engage with. If we talk of atmospheric carbon dioxide or potential future problems it can seem very detached from our daily lives. And that’s why I feel that nature based climate solutions should be given such a significant focus.

The steps that move us towards regenerating soil and supporting biodiversity and ecosystems will also bring big improvements to issues associated with climate change. And alongside the transformation can be witnessed right at our feet and bring benefits that we can quickly appreciate.

This episode is a wonderful example of the incredible speed and dramatic improvements that can come when we choose to understand and work in harmony with nature.

Colin brings us first hand experience of the method known as ‘deep bed farming’ taught by The Tiyeni Fund to smallholder farmers in Malawi.
The result from very low cost and simple approaches is dependably increased yields; from double to quadruple the norm.
The impact upon lives when food poverty and malnourishment are shifted to an excess of crops that can be sold could never be overestimated. More time and money along with less uncertainty allow for greater education & comfort and all round quality of life.

And I wondered what lessons the rest of the World could learn when it comes to the future of our food security.

Colin offers some wonderful analogies to help visualise the necessity to farm in harmony with soil and it’s natural systems & relationships with plants and the microscopic life that it houses.

There’s also some great insights into the history of land management in Malawi, along with the need to consider the collaborative and sociological angle in order to establish long term change.

Use the time stamps below to get a sense of what’s included:

00:00:00 – Intro
00:02:15 – Colin’s Background
00:03:45 – Lessons from Tiyeni, for global food security
00:08:43 – Signs of degraded soil in Malawi
00:12:04 – Why the soils became so depleted
00:14:37 – It gets worse! Chemicals introduced to farming
00:16:48 – Chemical fertilisers lead to poor nutrition in food
00:19:04 – The problem with ‘traditional agriculture’ in Malawi
00:22:55 – Are less brittle climates still at risk?
00:25:51 – An analogy for why soil health is crucial
00:27:53 – The rapid results of Tiyeni’s methods
00:30:37 – The main focuses for regenerating soil
00:31:37 – Crop yield increase
00:33:40 – Pig pass on programme for compost
00:36:32 – Supporting a family of 8 on just 1/2 acre!
00:37:25 – Regeneration of micro climates mirrors out to support global climate concerns
00:41:12 – Simple tech has the answers, but why no major funding??
00:50:34 – Tiyeni alleviates food poverty; 12.5x profit increase over 5 years!
00:52:09 – Collaborative approach for lasting impact
00:54:01 – Focus on nutritional density for future global food security
00:57:12 – CSA; Community Supported Agriculture
00:59:07 – Learn more from Tiyeni

For more details on the Tiyeni Deep Bed Method you can watch the animation below, or visit their website for more insights and results from their work.

Watch the Series of Mini Intro Animations!

Interview With:

Colin Andrews

Colin Andrews

Tiyeni

Colin trained in Land Agency and is a former chartered surveyor. He became a trustee of The Tiyeni Fund in 2013 and Chair in 2018.
Much of his life has been spent observing and studying flora and fauna in many countries and teaching “Nature Studies” to children and young adults.

Full Bio

Do You Have Any Questions?

Let me know in the comments below. I’ll look to create or link to resources above that cover any common questions asked.

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Watch the Animations!

I’m creating short digestible videos to help illustrate some of the key concepts that we’re exploring!

Every month or so you’ll find a new one added here.

The Latest Animation:

What is Regenerative Agriculture?

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Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher

The Host

I take a very holistic view of the world and find enormous hope when we expand our thinking outwards and consider our issues as interconnected.

So it’s a huge delight for me to have the opportunity to speak with so many varied personalities here.
I hope you’ll enjoy learning along with me as my guests allow me to pick their brains on the diverse topics explored by this project!

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