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The Crop Outlook in Malawi

Mar 23, 2020

The rainy season in Malawi is from October to March, and since the first rains generally start on October 1st, people start planting their crops then.

Farming on the Mission also depends on the rains. When the rains are good, we plant a variety of food and cash crops. In most parts of Malawi people plant Maize (Corn) as a staple food crop and survival depends on it.

If the rains continue to fall steadily, people will plant other crops such as soya, sweet potatoes, beans, peas, and ground nuts. People's survival is dependent on the rains for what they eat everyday. When there is too much rain - it floods, washing away the crops that are planted. With too little rain – it leads to a drought, causing crops to fail. In both, it causes suffering.

The months of January and February are very difficult times because of food shortages. By then, last year’s reserves are all gone. People often go without food because they don’t have any Corn. This is true for many parts of Malawi. Everyone looks forward with great hope to harvest-time in March and April. When harvest does come, if there is any extra it will be sold or traded to buy clothes for the children and even pay their school fees.

This year’s Maize crop, although promising, has been attacked by army worms in most parts of Malawi, but we are still hopeful that we will have a good harvest. We pray that the swarms of locusts they are having in Kenya and Tanzania will not affect crops in Malawi. Pray for good rains.

by Symon Katete