By Emmanuel Tolani, GIAE

The driving force of Malawian agriculture are the smallholder farmers who, on average, manage farms of around one hectare. Climate change and declining soil fertility make it increasingly difficult for them to provide enough food for a fast-growing population. The Malawian government, with funding from the European Union (EU), initiated the KULIMA Programme to improve the situation of these farmers and ensure food security. The GIZ (a German development cooperation agency) programme Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE), as part of the German cooperation funded by BMZ (German federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development), contributes to the KULIMA project through ensuring the availability and use of the expertise and relevant innovations and technologies from the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). One of the measures under KULIMA programme is the establishment of Farmer Field Schools. KULIMA-School Without Walls is a captivating documentary about CGIARs’ contribution to the KULIMA programme. It portrays farmers, scientists and extension officers making these schools possible. It shows the concept behind the schools, demonstrates innovative farming practices and invites more farmers to join. Learn how improved agricultural technologies, meeting the needs of Malawian smallholder farmers, are identified, produced and disseminated through Farmer Field Schools by the CGIAR research centers and other implementing partners. The virtual premiere of this documentary has been scheduled on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 8:30 PM, Malawi time. The event will be covered live on Zodiak TV and Facebook pages of KULIMA Movie, Zodiak Online and European Union in Malawi.