The Kusamala Institute of Agriculture and Ecology (Kusamala) is a local, non-governmental organization that promotes household-level permaculture and agroecology systems in Malawi through demonstration, education, outreach and advocacy. Founded in 2009, Kusamala houses Malawi’s largest permaculture demonstration site, Nature’s Gift Permaculture Centre. Through the Centre’s demonstrations, Kusamala educates individuals and communities on how to improve nutrition, income generation and environmental health. Through grants and programs, Kusamala conducts outreach, research and advocacy with the aim to show the viability of permaculture as a local and national agricultural strategy. Our vision is for all Malawian communities to have the ability and knowledge to creatively pursue their own path towards achieving food security and diversity, economic stability, and productive healthy environments. Our mission is to demonstrate and advocate for low-input, income generating permaculture and agroecology systems; to extend these systems into local communities through education and outreach; and to research and evaluate their potential to improve Malawian livelihoods. In a country where 80% of the population consists of subsistence farmers, Kusamala demonstrates how locally available resources can meet human needs while improving the quality of life for people and the environment.
- Green Credentials
Green policies, plans & management
Low impact operation: The Centre aims to demonstrate and promote affordable ways to lessen our impact on the environment while increasing crop yields and improving soil fertility. We follow permaculture design principles and do not use fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides instead relying on compost made on site, integrated pest management, crop rotation, and intercropping.
Permaculture Network in Malawi
Landscapes Blog for People, Food, and Nature
Food Tank: Permaculture Combats Malnutrition in Malawi
Kusamala blog: www.kusamala.org/blog
Media contact person: Tiffany Loveridge, Email: tiffany(at)kusamala.org