Splitting farmland to understand the impact on natural resources as the population grows in Malawi

Splitting farmland

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The growing population in Malawi is impacting on the country’s natural resources. Watson who leads our Family Planning and Sexual Health project is highlighting the pressures on land availability.

This simple comparison of two families, one with two children and the other one with four children shows how much more land the two children will have compared to the four children.

He said, “We understand that things are getting expensive therefore having children that you can afford is a good decision. Here we are looking at the typical village life where we rely on farming.”

The young men split the land depending on which family they were in and understood that if they were a larger family, they would only be farming to live vs if there were fewer children, they could farm as a business.

These simple yet effective demonstrations open up further discussions and we believe are key to the next generation making informed decisions about their futures.

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