Lydia is a subsistence farmer in Malawi

Subsistence farming in Malawi

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Lydia Chirwa is 28 and mother to two children. Like most people in her village, she is a subsistence farmer so relies on agriculture for survival. For that reason, Lydia loves having the opportunity to grow improved varieties of orange-fleshed sweet potato instead of the local yellow variety.

She said, “They have a unique colour, mature early and they are sweet. My children like eating them.”

Lydia has also managed to share sweet potato vines to four of her neighbours so more people in her village can benefit from these higher yielding and more nutritious varieties.

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