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2011 -­‐  2012   Annual  Report  


CONTENTS

  3     Letter  from  the  Executive  Director       4     Organizational  Overview       5-­‐7     Our  Projects   JANEEMO  -­‐  Venture  Trust  -­‐  USAID  -­‐  Apprenticeships      

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Our Demonstrations   Memo  -­‐  Market  -­‐  Medicinal  -­‐  Staple  -­‐  Woodlots      

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Financials     Management  Structure  

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Letter From  the  Executive  Director    

The photo  on  the  cover  of  this  2012  Annual  Report  is  a  picture  of  one  of  our  gardeners,  Makoko  Mawale,   who  retired  this  year.  Makoko  is  missed  for  many  reasons,  but  his  smile  made  our  most  troubled  days  less   so,  and  it  was  a  gift  we  cherished.  Here  at  the  Kusamala  Institute  of  Agriculture  and  Ecology,  our  staff,   interns,  and  volunteers  have  qualities  that  make  this  place  a  vibrant,  unique,  productive  environment.   Everyone  who  passes  through  this  organization  finds  a  sense  of  ownership  and  a  piece  of  peace.  No  one   comes  without  learning  something  new  and  no  one  leaves  without  contributing  a  bit  of  themselves.  From   simple  smiles  to  intense  education  and  knowledge,  I  am  grateful  for  everything  that  is  shared  here  at   Kusamala  and  feel  very  lucky  to  be  a  part  of  this  growing  community.         The  upcoming  year  is  promising  and  we  would  not  be  here  if  it  wasn’t  for  our  successful  projects  in  2011  and   2012.  We  accomplished  a  lot.  We  saw  an  increase  in  production  in  all  our  gardens,  an  increase  in  staff,  an   increase  in  trainings,  and  we  landed  one  of  our  biggest  projects,  the  JANEEMO  project,  which  will   strengthen  our  relationships  within  the  communities  where  we  are  already  working.  Our  Apprenticeship   Program  began,  the  first  of  its  kind  in  Malawi,  which  trains  Malawians  to  practice  and  teach  permaculture   and  agroecology  techniques,  alleviating  hunger  in  their  own  villages.     These  new  projects  and  programs  excite  us  for  the  months  and  years  ahead.  The  groundwork  and   momentum  has  been  laid  and  we  are  committed  to  improving  the  effectiveness,  sustainability,   transparency,  and  communication  of  Kusamala.  How  do  we  plan  on  doing  this?  By  improving  the  livelihoods   of  our  staff  and  building  their  capacity  through  a  new  project  called  Red  Soil;  expanding  the  demonstrations   at  the  Centre  with  the  intention  for  them  to  produce  enough  income  to  support  themselves  and  the  staff;   building  a  dynamic  strategic  plan  that  draws  from  the  goals  and  inspirations  of  all  staff  members;  increasing   our  social  media  presence  and  activity;  and  partnering  with  other  organizations  to  enhance  our  effectiveness   in  communities.       All  of  this  may  sound  ambitious;  it  is.  We  are  aware  of  the  momentous  tasks  that  lie  ahead.  However,  we  are   building  off  a  strong  foundation  thanks  to  past  management  who  worked  tirelessly  to  get  Kusamala  to   where  it  is  today.  We  thank  them  and  the  many  others  who  have  supported  us  through  their  hard  work,   passion,  and  innovative  ideas.  Your  work  is  part  of  our  larger  vision  to  create  a  better  Malawi.            

Molly Cheatum   Executive  Director  

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ORGANIZATIONAL OVERVIEW         Our  Vision  

Our Reach  

To see  resilient  Malawian  communities  thriving  with  enough  food,   clean  water,  and  energy  to  be  self-­‐sufficient  

Our Mission   To  educate  and  train  local  communities  on  premaculture  and   agroecological  techniques  and  uses  in  Malawi  with  the  purpose  of   improving  livelihoods,  environment,  health,  food,  and  nutrition   security  

Our Background   Since  its  inception  in  2009,  Kusamala  has  focused  its  efforts  on   conducting  trainings,  performing  outreach,  and  implementing  projects   in  food  and  nutrition  security,  resilient  farming  systems,  and  adaptable   livelihood  strategies  at  the  community  level.       Kusamala  oversees  Nature’s  Gift  Permaculture  Centre,  a  training  and   demonstration  facility  on  the  outskirts  of  Lilongwe,  Malawi.  The   Centre  is  located  on  20-­‐hectares  of  a  650-­‐hectare  privately  owned   family  farm,  also  operating  under  the  Nature’s  Gift  name.  With  a  staff   of  sixteen,  Kusamala  uses  the  demonstration  centre  to  teach   agricultural  methods  relevant  to  all  Malawians,  urban  and  rural,  on  all   ranges  of  the  socio-­‐economic  scale.         Through  grant  and  donor-­‐funded  projects,  garden  sales,  and  trainings,   Kusamala  functions  using  a  unique  hybrid  model  of  a  self-­‐sustaining   non-­‐profit  and  sustainable  business.  

Mchinji

Dowa Lilongwe  

The entrance  to  N ature’s  Gift  Permaculture  Centre  

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OUR PROJECTS

Kusamala s taff  members,  Isaac,  Rhoda,  and  D an,  planting  in  the  JANEEMO  n ursery  

JANEEMO In  December  of  2011,  Kusamala  entered  into  an  existing  partnership  between  the  Scottish  Government,  the   Hutton  Institute,  and  Climate  Futures  known  as  the  JANEEMO  project.  JANEEMO  promotes  diverse  food   production  systems,  specifically  advocating  the  use  of  Jatropha,  Moringa  and,  to  a  lesser  extent,  Neem  (due  to   the  prevailing  climatic  conditions),  as  a  means  of  household  food  security,  income  generation  and   environmental  stewardship.       From  October  2011  to  January  2012,  Kusamala  initiated  demonstration  sites  in  Dowa  and  Lilongwe  districts  to   encourage  adoption  of  agroforestry  and  permaculture  practices  throughout  the  local  communities.  During   this  time,  Kusamala  also  conducted  a  series  of  training  sessions  on  the  benefits  of  trees  and  reforestation,   including  the  use  of  Jatropha,  Neem  and  Moringa.  These  trainings  focused  on  food  forests,  sustainable   woodlots  and  general  environmental  management.     In  February  2012,  JANEEMO  asked  Kusamala  to  expand  these  efforts  into  a  two-­‐year  program  through  which   we  will  establish  JANEEMO  Permaculture  demonstration  sites  in  20  further  villages  and  integrate   permaculture  training  into  village  activities.  As  of  May,  2012,  Kusamala  had  hosted  JANEEMO  trainings  for  60   farmers  from  Dowa  district,  30  from  Lilongwe,  and  had  begun  a  six-­‐month  training  with  Gladson  Chakwera,   Kusamala’s  project  manager  in  Dowa.     Ultimately,  a  total  of  660  farmers  are  expected  to  participate  in  the  programme,  with  132,000  trees  planted   and  3,300  people  directly  benefiting  from  the  two-­‐year  program.      

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SPA Grant   In  2011,  Kusamala,  in  partnership  with  the  Peace  Corps,  secured  funding  through  USAID’s  Small  Projects   Assistance  (SPA)  program  for  infrastructure  improvements  and  trainings.  With  the  support  of  the  grant,   Kusamala  built  a  larger  staple  field,  a  tree  nursery,  woodlots  and  a  jatropha  boundary.  Kusamala  also   procured  equipment  to  begin  beekeeping  at  the  Centre  and  hosted  beekeeping  trainings  for  staff  and   interns.  The  Centre  now  houses  a  functional  beehive.     Additionally,  the  grant  allowed  Kusamala  to  host  a  series  of  permaculture,  agroecology,  and  organic   growing  trainings  for  the  Mtendere  Co-­‐operative,  a  local  farmers  group  located  in  Lilongwe  rural.  Five  of  the   trainings  have  taken  place  over  the  2011/2012  fiscal  year,  with  three  more  planned  for  the  next  year.  

A guard  in  the  Kachere  prison  g arden  

Eston leading  a  training  with  the  Mtendere  Co-­‐operative  

Venture Trust/Kachere  Prison   In  partnership  with  Venture  Trust  Malawi,  Kusamala  integrated  permaculture  practice  and  education  into  the   systems  at  Kachere  Juvenile  Prison.  The  project  focused  on  weekly  permaculture  training  sessions  and  was  open   to  all  of  the  offenders,  officers,  and  KJP  family.  The  trainings  covered  permaculture  principles  and  the  design   process,  encouraging  participants  to  create  their  own  permaculture  designs.   While  the  project  presented  lots  of  challenges  for  Kusamala  staff,  including  lack  of  land,  prison  rules  and   regulations  that  restricted  participant  access,  our  Community  Outreach  Manager,  Eston  Mgala,  worked  closely   with  prison  officers,  their  family  members  and  interested  offenders.  In  total,  25  people  participated  in  the   program  and  received  permaculture  training.  

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UMC Apprenticeship  

Joseph Kaipa  and  Edward  Nkhata,  Kusamala’s  first  apprentices  

In April  2012  Kusamala  launched  its  Apprenticeship   program.  Originally  designed  as  an  intensive  permaculture   training  program  for  local  orphans,  the  program  has   expanded  its  scope  to  provide  an  opportunity  for   organizations  to  sponsor  individuals  in  the  program.     Edward  Nkhata  and  Joseph  Kaipa  are  the  first  participants   of  the  program,  funded  by  the  United  Methodist  Church.   The  six-­‐month  intensive  training,  designed  and  lead  by   Kusamala  staff,  gives  the  participants  practical  experience   in  growing  food,  sustainability,  and  project  management.   The  end  result  is  a  comprehensive  management  plan,   specifically  tailored  to  the  organization  they  will  return  to   and  general  knowledge  in  community-­‐based  environment,   food,  and  nutrition  security.     Joseph  and  Edward  began  their  program  in  April  2012,   spending  four  months  working  and  learning  at  Kusamala’s   Permaculture  Demonstration  Centre,  Nature’s  Gift.  After   their  on-­‐site  training  they  will  return  to  Mchinji  armed  with   an  implementation  plan  for  converting  the  UMC  farm  into   another  permaculture  demonstration  site.  Kusamala’s  staff   will  make  regular  visits  to  advice  and  support  them  in  their   efforts.     After  a  successful  first  round  of  apprentices,  we  see  this   program  as  having  significant  potential  to  create  a  strong   network  of  permaculture  practitioners  throughout  Malawi.  

Interns &  Volunteers   Our  intern  and  volunteer  program  continues  to  attract  a  diverse  group  of  motivated,  hardworking  travelers  all   excited  to  learn  and  gain  hands-­‐on  permaculture  experience.  As  a  cornerstone  program  for  Kusamala,  our   interns  and  volunteers  have  built  a  successful  medicinal  garden,  chicken  yards,  and  residential  garden,  as  well  as   contributing  to  our  other  demonstration  sites.     In  addition  to  developing  new  projects  and  systems,  the  interns  also  contribute  to  the  intercultural  exchange   and  learning  that  makes  our  Demonstration  Centre  a  unique  place  to  live  and  work.  

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OUR DEMONSTRATIONS Memo  Garden   The  Memo  Garden  functions  as  our  primary  demonstration  for  household-­‐level  permaculture  implementation.   Combining  both  the  intensive  vegetable  cultivation  of  Zone  1  and  the  food  forest  of  Zone  2,  Memo  acts  both  as   a  learning  tool  and  as  the  primary  source  of  relish  for  our  staff  lunches.     Under  the  management  of  our  Nutrition  and  Implementation  Teams,  the  Memo  Garden  has  thrived  and  now   produces  enough  to  provide  the  ndiwo  for  all  staff  lunches  and  to  supplement  the  market  garden’s  weekly   vegetable  boxes.  

Market Garden   The  Kusamala  Market  Garden  continues  to  grow  and  to  provide  a  reliable  source  of  income  for  the  organization.   In  addition  to  our  restaurant  clientele,  in  August  2011  the  Garden  Team  launched  a  pilot  vegetable  box  program   to  tap  into  the  private  customer  market  in  Lilongwe.  The  program  has  been  a  success,  generating  significant   interest  within  the  Lilongwe  community  and  providing  a  stable,  predictable  income  source  for  the  garden.     In  early  2012,  we  brought  in  a  new  garden  manager  and  head  gardener,  who  have  been  working  hard  to  expand   production  and  we  now  have  one  hundred  vegetable  beds  and  nearly  twenty  herb  beds  in  cultivation.  

Sunset over  the  Kusamala  Market  Garden  

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Staple Field   The  2011/2012  planting  season  was  one  of  trial  and  error  at  Kusamala’s  new  2.75-­‐hectare  staple  field.  In  its  initial   pilot  year,  Kusamala  began  building  permanent  beds  on  contour,  experimenting  with  different  natural  fertility   methods,  implementing  agroforestry  practices,  and  intercropping  in  the  field.       The  2011/2012  yield  was  less  than  initially  hoped.  Due  to  a  gap  in  staff  oversight,  the  field  was  not  well  cared  for   and  production  suffered.  However  we  plan  to  learn  from  these  challenges  in  our  preparations  for  the  next  rainy   season.  

Woodlots/Jatropha Boundary   In  August  2011,  Kusamala  constructed  a  small-­‐scale  tree  nursery  in  which  we  planted  jatropha,  moringa,  neem,   and  acacia  trees.  The  jatropha  trees  were  planted  as  a  living  fence  around  the  Demonstration  Centre  as  a  part  of   the  USAID  funded  SPA  grant.  This  boundary  was  our  first  experiment  growing  jatropha  and  we  learned  a  lot  from   the  experience,  including  the  importance  of  nursery  care  and  pest  management.     The  moringa,  neem,  and  acacia  trees  were  planted  in  three  different  woodlots  surrounding  the  Demonstration   Centre.  Acacia  trees  were  planted  in  one  of  the  woodlots  as  a  small-­‐scale  carbon-­‐balancing  project  funded  through   our  JANEEMO  contacts  in  Scotland.  The  other  two  woodlots  will  function  as  an  example  of  Zone  4,  sustainable   woodlot  management.  

Medicinal Garden   Kusamala  started  the  medicinal  garden  in   late  2011  with  the  help  of  Alexis  Luckey,  a   Peace  Corps  volunteer  that  came  to  intern  at   the  Demonstration  Centre  for  her  last  three   months  of  service.  Since  then,  the  medicinal   garden  has  evolved  to  be  one  of  our  most   consistent  and  successful  intern-­‐led  projects.   Under  the  leadership  and  vision  of  different   long-­‐term  interns,  the  medicinal  garden  has   grown  to  include  over  sixty  different   medicinal  plants.  There  are  plans  for  the   medicinal  garden  to  become  an  instrumental   educational  tool  for  our  Demonstration   Centre.   The  medicinal  garden  in  bloom  

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FINANCIALS Financial Review   In  fiscal  year  2012,  Kusamala  generated  revenues  of  $24  thousand,  but  with  two  projects  acquired  in  April  –   JANEEMO  and  the  Apprenticeship  Program  for  the  United  Methodist  Church  -­‐  Kusamala  is  set  to  expand.  Much  of   the  revenue  was  accrued  within  the  last  few  months  of  the  fiscal  year  and  spent  expanding  our  past  and  newly   accrued  projects  in  the  Dowa,  Rural  Lilongwe,  and  Mchinji  Districts.  Kusamala  ended  the  year  with  $35  thousand  in   expenses,  creating  a  deficit  of  $11  thousand.  The  deficit  was  expected  as  additional  expenses  were  budgeted  for   new  positions,  supplies,  and  travel  in  preparation  for  the  new  projects.       Looking  forward  to  the  fiscal  year  2013,  an  increase  in  revenue  is  anticipated.  Kusamala’s  projects  are  expanding   and  growing  with  support  from  Seeds  of  Change,  the  Red  Soil  Project,  ReSCOPE,  and  continued  support  from   JANEEMO.  The  market  garden  and  vegetable  box  sales  continue  to  increase,  supporting  and  sustaining  the   Demonstration  Centre.  Although  fiscal  year  2012  ended  in  a  deficit,  we  expect  the  current  projects  to  cover   anticipated  expenses  in  2013.    

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MANAGEMENT Board of  Directors     Guy  Pickering   Godfrey  Chapola   Grace  Chimponda   Atusaye  Mwalwanda   Maureen  Pickering  

Executive Director   Oliver  Wootton   Molly  Cheatum   Deputy  Director   Alexandra  Dryer     Director  of  Agroecology   Marie  Raboin   Community  Outreach  &  Education   Manager   Eston  Mgala   Program  Manager   Catherine  Carlton  

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A special  thanks  to  our  many  staff,  interns,  and  volunteers  who   make  this  all  possible   STAFF   Isaac  Banda   Gladson  Chakwera   Enock  Chikale   Daniel  Chikhawo   Maureen  Chunga   Zacharia  Gama   Green  Kalitsiro   Samuel  Kandiweri   Clement  Kholowa   Calo  Mgala   Makoko  Mwale   Michael  Ntande  

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INTERNS Becca  Barret   Charlotte  Brown   Alberto  Cazares   Abby  Conrad   Wibke  Grzonka   Alexis  Luckey   Pierre  Moorsom   Michelle  Morna   Colin  Pearson   Tom  Pickering   Jonathan  Stevenson  

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Report compiled  and  designed  by:   Catherine  Carlton     Editing  by:   Kate  Orloski     Financials  compiled  by:   Oliver  Cripps     Photos  courtesy  of:   Oliver  Cripps   Austin  Dunn   Lizzie  Lee    

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Upcoming  Grants  in  2012/2013      

Red Soil  Project     Staff  Capacity  Building  and  Home   Demonstration  Sites       Seeds  of  Change     Apprenticeships  with  Home  of  Hope   Orphanage       ReSCOPE     Implementing  Integrated  Land  Use  Design   in  Local  Schools    

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Profile for Kusamala

Kusamala Annual Report 2011 2012  

Kusamala Annual Report 2011 2012  

Profile for kusamala
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