Savings Groups + Agriculture Projects
ASAP provides agriculture training and resources to empower families with the skills to feed themselves for a lifetime. Each of ASAP's agriculture training programs were integrated with Savings Groups projects. These cost-effective trainings resulted in more sustainable, improved farming practices, often with higher yields throughout the year. Some of ASAP's Agriculture projects were:
Conservation Farming(top of page)
Traditional farming methods have left soils depleted in Africa. Simple, cost-effective conservation farming methods such as, carefully timed planting, mulching with ground covers, weeding, crop rotation and inter-planting all increase soil fertility and discourage pests while increasing crop yields.
Seed Multiplication(top of page)
This program offers farmers superior seeds that produce drought resistant plants with increased yields. These superior seeds, developed by Total Land Care in Malawi, are not genetically modified. At harvest time, surplus seeds are purchased back from farmers and stored by ASAP to fill the ever-increasing demand in the following years.
Rainwater Harvesting(top of page)
There is no water without life! In the drought-prone southern region of Malawi, farmers are taught rainwater harvesting using simple cost-effective techniques and locally available resources; as a result water remains available for irrigation through much of the dry season.
Treadle Pump Irrigation in Malawi with Total Land Care(top of page)
Rural farmers are offered "Super Money Maker" treadle pumps at subsidized prices. With year-round crop irrigation rural farmers can harvest three crops annually (instead of one)plus quality and volume is improved.
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Selected needy families receive drip irrigation kits and training in how to grow a home nutritional garden. A 10-meter by 10-meter irrigated home garden will produce crops year round filling extended the needs of the extended family with surplus to sell.(top of page)
ASAP's HANDEI project strengthens rural communities to help fill the needs of the flood of orphans from the urban to rural areas in Zimbabwe.(top of page)
Jatropha Curcas. Jatropha trees are drought resistant and grow easily in marginal soils. Browsing livestock avoid this fast growing tree so it makes an excellent natural fence. Jatropha seeds are pressed to make oil for soap, lantern fuel and bio-diesel and the press cake makes excellent organic fertilizer.
Growing and Using Medicinal Herbs(top of page)
Medicinal herbs provide locally available remedies to treat headache, nausea and other symptoms of disease. Far from health centers these herbs are in high demand in rural Africa. ASAP disseminates knowledge on growing and using 20 herb varieties (click here for fact sheet) which supplement income and enhance health.
Moringa Trees(top of page)
Moringa Oleifera. The leaves of the Moringa Tree are an exceptional source for vitamins and are particularly good for young children who are often vitamin deficient. ASAP provides technical assistance in growing and using this "miracle tree". Click here to read more about Moringa and it's uses.