Orant operates a 32-acre demonstration farm that is the heart of our agriculture extension program. Growing corn, soy, peanuts, and sunflower and raising animals like chicken and goats, we use the farm to teach local farmers improved techniques that will increase their yields.
Our agriculture extension program utilizes our own staff and more than 80 lead farmers in dozens of villages to teach and distribute this knowledge. We also partner with local seed companies to demonstrate improved seed varieties and hold field days for hundreds of farmers to learn.
The farm also provides income for the campus through sales of crops and to the community by providing dozens of jobs for laborers.
More than 80 percent of Malawians are rural subsistence farmers who are dependent on their crops for food and basic survival. Increasing the yields of smallholder farmers is crucial to the economic development of our catchment area. With many Malawians living on just over $1.00 a day, increased income through improved farming is the only opportunity most Malawians will ever have to improve their standard of living. We give hope and the empowerment to improve lives through agriculture education and training.