Permaculture and Herbal Gardens
WOFAD provides knowledge and skills in using permaculture techniques to develop a more sustainable way of living. It promotes the adoption of innovative information, technologies and methods to use land to productively harvest food, water and improve soil fertility while restoring landscapes facing environmental degradation. The ethics of permaculture focuses on caring for the earth, people, sharing of surplus, reducing consumption and building a sustainable lifestyle.
As a self-help project, WOFAD is using permaculture initiatives to empower communities of Sub T/A Ngolongoliwa in Thyolo district and T/A Kunthembwe in Blantyre district. The project aims to develop communities that have a positive mindset towards nature. Ultimately, it is hoped that communities will be able to effectively use locally available resources and have the capacity to generate valuable products on their land, improve community crop diversification and to mitigate risk in crop failure. Through this approach, communities are also actively involved in improving community nutrition by establishing herbal gardens and transferring skills and knowledge to other community members and communities. Women are the primary beneficiaries of our permaculture initiatives.
- Herbal Medicine Program: As part of the trainings on Permaculture, women are trained on how to grow and produce various natural medicines – this includes producing a ‘power drink’ that helps to boost the immune system, and natural medicines in the form of oils, tinctures, herbal teas and powder