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  2012  -­‐  2013  Annual  Report  


CONTENTS   Letter   from  the   Director  

Research  &   Evaluation   Management   Structure  

Demonstration  &   Advocacy  

Financials  

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Vision  &   Mission  

Education  &   Outreach  

Staff  &   Interns   Staff  Development   &  Training  

Overview  of   Projects  

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Letter  from  the  Executive  Director   In  our  last  annual  report  we  identified  five  key  areas  we  wanted  to  work  towards  in  2012  and  2013.  They  were  -­‐  improving   the  livelihoods  of  our  staff  and  building  their  capacity  through  the  Red  Soil  Project;  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.       I  am  pleased  to  announce  that  we  have  steadily  worked  towards  all  those  goals  this  year.  Through  the  Red  Soil  Project  our   staff  have  increased  production  and  consumption  of  different  foods,  reduced  dependence  on  markets  for  vegetables,  and   increased  income  from  selling  excess  produce.  The  results  of  this  project  will  be  presented  as  one  of  ten  case  studies  in   Africa  at  the  first  Africa  Food  Security  and  Adaptation  Conference  in  Nairobi,  Kenya.     The  demonstrations  have  expanded  this  year.  We  made  a  small  profit  from  our  market  garden  and  sold  our  first  trees  from   the  tree  nursery.  In  February  2012,  we  conducted  Kusamala’s  first  staff  retreat  where  we  defined  a  new  vision  and  mission   that  represent  the  underlying  theme  of  this  year’s  Annual  Report.       Our  social  media  presence  has  increased  with  over  400  followers  on  Facebook  and  Twitter.  Additionally,  Kusamala’s  first   quarterly  newsletters  started  this  year  with  over  100  subscribers.       The  first  ‘Future  Search  Workshop’,  sponsored  and  hosted  by  Kusamala,  will  be  held  in  June  2014.  This  workshop  will  bring   together  various  actors  in  the  non-­‐profit  sector,  private  sector,  and  government  sector  focusing  on  food  and  nutrition   security,  sustainable  agriculture,  environmental  resilience,  and  climate  change.  The  purpose  is  to  encourage  partnerships,   cooperation,  and  common  goals  between  organizations  and  sectors.       Last  year  was  a  success  and  this  year  we  look  forward  to  implementing  two  new  grants  that  will  extend  and  leverage  our   current  work  in  Dowa  and  Rural  Lilongwe  Districts,  along  with  beginning  new  projects  in  Thyolo,  Nsanje,  and  Mzimba   Districts.       Molly  Cheatum   Executive  Director  

www.kusamala.org  

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VISION  &  MISSION    

Over  the  past  year,  Kusamala  has  participated  in  a  strategic  planning  process  to  assess  our  work   and  to  build  a  road  map  for  the  organization.  During  a  two-­‐day  staff  retreat  in  February,  we   looked  at  the  strengths  and  challenges  facing  Kusamala  and  came  up  with  strategies  for  moving   the  organization  forward.  By  the  end  of  the  retreat,  we  had  articulated  new  external  and  internal   missions  that  have  since  been  refined  and  adopted.  

A  group  session  from  the  staff  retreat

OUR  VISION   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   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.    

To  create  a  Malawian  run  organization  that  is  committed  to  improving   organizational  effectiveness  through  career  development  and  specialized   training  that  builds  leaders  in  communities,  policy  and  government.   www.kusamala.org  

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Overview  of  Projects  during  FY2012   JANEEMO  is  an  agroforestry  and  permaculture  project  funded  by  the  Scottish  Government  

and  managed  in  partnership  with  the  James  Hutton  Institute  and  Climate  Futures.  Joining   JANEEMO  as  the  implementing  partner  in  March  2012,  Kusamala  currently  supports  16   community  clubs  in  Dowa  District  and  one  in  Rural  Lilongwe.  In  the  2012-­‐13  rainy  season  over   300  farmers  participated  in  JANEEMO  clubs,  planting  approximately  64,000  multi-­‐use  trees  and   building  14  household  permaculture  demonstration  sites.  

 

  Red  Soil  Project,  a  Canadian-­‐based  organization,  has  partnered  with  Kusamala  to  

support  staff  trainings  and  the  construction  of  community-­‐based  demonstration  sites.  Through   this  project,  we  have  facilitated  nine  days  of  staff  training  and  supported  the  design  and   construction  of  eleven  household  permaculture  demonstrations  around  staff  homes.  

 

  ReSCOPE  is  partnering  with  18  organizations  throughout  Malawi,  including  Kusamala,  to  

implement  integrated  land  use  designs  at  government  schools.  In  partnership  with  Kang’oma   Primary  School  in  Rural  Lilongwe,  Kusamala  has  led  a  series  of  trainings,  meetings  and   workdays  to  instruct  teachers,  pupils  and  parents  in  permaculture  and  agroecology.  These   project  participants  are  now  supporting  a  functioning  vegetable  garden  and  growing  woodlot.  

   

  Salama  Shield  is  a  Canadian-­‐based  organization  that  works  primarily  in  Uganda  and  is  

looking  to  expand  their  operations  into  Malawi.  Through  organizational  support  and  community   permaculture  trainings,  Kusamala  is  assisting  Salama  Shield  in  their  efforts  to  improve   livelihood  security  for  women’s  groups  in  Lilongwe  and  Zomba  Districts.    

 

  Seeds  of  Change  sponsored  four  young  Malawians  from  Home  of  Hope  Orphanage  to  

participate  in  a  six-­‐month  permaculture  apprenticeship  at  Kusamala.  Joined  by  one  of  our  staff   and  a  community  member  from  Khundi  village,  the  apprentices  gained  an  in-­‐depth   understanding  of  permaculture  design  and  agroecological  principles.  They  will  be  applying  this   knowledge  during  their  internships  with  Landirani  Trust  in  Lilongwe  and  African  Moringa  &   Permaculture  Project  in  Mangochi.    

www.kusamala.org  

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OUR  MISSION:    

demonstrate  &  advocate  

     Joseph  harvesting  maize  

A  moringa  swale  in  the  staple  field

Centre  Demonstrations   Through  our  primary  demonstration  site,  Nature’s  Gift  Permaculture  Center,  Kusamala   demonstrates  how  to  use  permaculture  and  agroecological  principles  to  promote  sustainable   food  and  fuel  production.  

Staple  Crop  Field   Our  staple  field  demonstration  is  particularly  important  in  the  Malawian  context  as  most   subsistence  farmers  rely  solely  on  staple  production  for  income  and  household  food  security.   We  planted  the  0.7-­‐hectare  field  using  permaculture  principles  to  provide  enough  staple  crops   to  support  staff  lunches.  Agroforestry  tree  species  contributed  to  soil  fertility,  water   management  and  fuel  wood  production.  In  the  2012-­‐2013  season,  we  produced  enough  maize   and  groundnuts  to  meet  our  goal,  with  yields  well  above  the  national  M average  (see  graph).  We   also  harvested  pumpkins,  pumpkin  greens,  shell  beans,  fresh  pigeon  peas,  the  few  sweet   potatoes  the  wild  pigs  left  behind  and  will  continue  to  harvest  pigeon  peas  and  cassava  in   September.  The  staple  field  will  save  us  over  $500  in  food  costs  in  the  coming  year.  

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OUR  MISSION:    

demonstrate  &  advocate   Last  year,  Kusamala  trained  253  individuals   (153  women  and  99  men)  at  our  demonstration  centre  in  Lilongwe  

Market  Garden   Our  Market  Garden  serves  as  a  demonstration  of  organic  vegetable  production  as  well  as  an   income  generator  for  Kusamala.  This  past  year,  the  garden  made  a  net  profit  of  $76.06  with   89%  of  revenues  from  vegetable  boxes  and  11%  from  sales  to  local  restaurants.  While  this  may   seem  small,  it  supported  5  staff  members  and  covered  most  garden  related  inputs  throughout   the  farm,  including  seeds  and  tools  used  in  other  demonstrations.  We  hope  to  increase   production  next  year  by  continuing  to  increase  vegetable  box  subscriptions  and  restaurant   sales.      

Tree  Nursery   Implemented  this  past  year  under  the  JANEEMO  project,   Kusamala’s  tree  nursery  produced  over  11,500  seedlings.   The  trees  were  planted  in  the  Centre’s  demonstrations,   shared  with  surrounding  communities  and  NGOS,  and   sold  as  an  income  generating  activity  for  Kusamala.       While  each  tree  cost  $0.10  to  produce  and  were  sold  for   $0.27,  the  nursery  lost  money  due  to  our  lack  of  familiarity   with  the  market.  As  shown  in  the  graph,  we  had  a  large   stock  of  jatropha  and  faidherbia  albida  remaining  at  the   end  of  the  season;  these  trees  were  never  sold  or  planted   and  were  eventually  used  to  make  compost.  However  we   were  able  to  sell  2,300  trees  for  a  gross  income  of  $627.   This  next  year  we  plan  to  reach  profitability  by  planting   more  grafted  fruit  trees,  which  are  in  high  demand,  as  well   as  agroforestry  species  contracted  by  other  organizations   and  individuals.   !"##$%&"'#"($)&*+&*'

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Advocacy  

While  Kusamala  does  not   currently  have  an  advocacy   program,  we  have  included  it  in   our  mission  as  a  future  goal.   Advocating  for  more   sustainable  agricultural  policies   is  our  next  step  towards   achieving  food  security  and   diversity,  economic  stability   and  healthy  environments  in  all   of  Malawi.     We  plan  to  develop  a  robust   advocacy  program  through   policy  research,  partnerships   with  like-­‐minded  organizations   and  leverage  our  growing  body   of  research  into  the  multi-­‐use   benefits  of  permaculture  and   agroecology.     Keep  up  to  date  on  our  progress   by  visiting  our  blog  and  website   –  www.kusamala.org.  

 

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OUR  MISSION:    

education  &  outreach      

Apprentices     Kusamala’s  apprenticeship  program   gives  Malawians  an  opportunity  to   live,  learn  and  work  at  our   demonstration  centre,  gaining  an  in   depth  understanding  of   permaculture,  food  systems  and      Apprentices  with  their  final  permaculture   project  management.   designs   Piloted  in  early  2012,  Kusamala   Trainings   hosted  our  second  round  of   Kusamala’s  training  program  is  the  cornerstone  of   apprentices  from  August  2012  to   our  organization’s  work.  Hosted  at  our   February  2013.  Sponsored  by  Seeds   demonstration  site,  Nature’s  Gift  Permaculture   of  Change,  the  apprentices  spent  the   Centre,  our  trainings  are  one  of  the  most   six  months  learning  about  all  aspects   consistent  and  sustainable  sources  of  income  for   Kusamala.   of  permaculture  design,  from  soil     and  water  management  to  guilds   Since  our  founding  in  2009,  we  have  refined  and   and  zoning.   expanded  our  educational  offerings.  From  three-­‐   day  introductory  trainings  on  permaculture  and   The  apprentices  have  now  moved  on   agroecology  basics  to  full  12-­‐day  permaculture   to  new  communities  and   certification  courses,  Kusamala  provides  a  range   organizations,  sharing  what  they   of  training  services  tailored  to  the  needs  of  specific   have  learned  and  spreading   communities  and  organizations.   permaculture  to  other  regions  of     Malawi.   This  past  year  we  provided  permaculture  trainings   to  a  range  of  organizations,  including   Development  Aid  from  People  to  People  (DAPP),   Lilongwe  Wildlife  Centre  and  the  Catholic   Commission,  in  addition  to  a  number  of   community  trainings  funded  through  grants  and   donors.         www.kusamala.org  

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OUR  MISSION:    

education  &  outreach   Through  our  JANEEMO,  ReSCOPE  and  Salama  Shield  projects,     Kusamala  is  working  directly  with  over  400  individuals  in    

Dowa,  Rural  Lilongwe  and  Zomba  Districts.  

     JANEEMO  launch  where  the  project  was  presented  to  hundreds  of  community  members

Local  Communities  and  Beyond   In  addition  to  extending  permaculture  and  agroecology  to  local  communities  in  Malawi,   Kusamala  launched  an  online  communications  campaign  to  increase  awareness  of  our  work  and   the  important  role  that  permaculture  can  play  in  increasing  food  and  livelihood  security  in   Malawi.  Over  the  past  year,  we  have  increased  our  presence  on  Facebook  (287  new  likes),   twitter  (156  new  followers)  and  by  starting  a  quarterly  newsletter  in  March  (109  subscribers).   Our  website  attracted  traffic  globally  with  an  average  of  141  views  per  week  and  a  year  high  of   258  views.  

www.kusamala.org  

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OUR  MISSION:    

research  &  evaluate   Red  Soil  Project   Survey  Development  

 

Over  the  past  year,  Kusamala  has  developed  and  piloted  surveys  to  measure  the  impact  that  our   projects  have  on  food  security,  diet  diversity,  livelihoods  and  the  environment.  These  surveys   have  adapted  and  expanded  existing  measurement  tools,  such  as  UN  Food  and  Agriculture   Organization’s  diet  diversity  questionnaire  and  Grameen  Bank’s  Progress  Out  of  Poverty  Scale.     Kusamala  will  be  using  the  surveys  as  a  template  for  collecting  data  in  future  projects.  Through   a  new  grant  that  expands  on  our  current  work  in  Dowa,  we  will  be  able  to  collect  data  from   hundreds  of  farmers.  The  project  will  combine  quantitative  data  collection  from  surveys  with   qualitative  information  captured  through  participatory  video  and  interviews.       Stay  tuned  for  more  information  on  this  project!  

   Collecting  baseline  data  through  film

 

From  October  2011  to  July  2012,  Abigail  Conrad,  PhD  American  University,  conducted   research  on  the  impacts  of  permaculture  on  household  food  security  and  diet  diversity  in   Malawi.  Based  at  Kusamala,  she  focused  on  farmers  in  the  Lilongwe  area.  Her  research   found  that,  on  average,  permaculture  farmers  planted  nearly  three  times  the  number  of   crops  than  conventional  farmers,  including  over  twice  the  number  of  vegetables  and   legumes,  four  times  the  number  of  fruits,  and  three  times  the  number  of  roots  and  tubers.   Permaculture  households  ranked  higher  than  conventional  households  in  measures  of  diet   diversity,  food  security  and  access;  over  half  the  permaculture  households  reported   spending  less  money  buying  food  and  had  more  ndiwo  (relish).   www.kusamala.org  

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OUR  MISSION:    

staff  development  &  training   Red  Soil  Project   Starting  in  July  2012,  Kusamala  partnered  with  Red  Soil  Project  to  train  our  staff  and  their   families  in  permaculture  design  and  to  encourage  them  to  build  their  own  household   permaculture  gardens  in  the  surrounding  communities.  So  far,  11  households  have   implemented  gardens.  Follow-­‐up  surveys  show  these  gardens  have  increased  household  access   to  nutritious  fruits  and  vegetables,  reduced  food  costs  and  generated  interest  in  permaculture   amongst  neighbors.     Dan  Chikhawo  began  building  his  permaculture  garden  behind  his  home  in  October  2012.  By   March  2013,  Dan  was  saving  time  and  money  by  eating  fresh  fruits  and  vegetables  out  of  his   yard  rather  than  walking  an  hour  to  the  nearest  market.  He  also  produced  enough  to  share  with   his  friends  and  neighbors,  increasing  access  to  nutritious  produce  for  his  family  and  community.     Similarly,  Rhoda  Godfrey  is  now  growing  pumpkins,  sweet  potatoes,  beans,  mustard  greens,   rape,  maize,  guava,  avocado,  lemon,  papaya  and  custard  apple  where  she  used  to  only  plant   tomatoes  and  onions.      

In  the  past  year,  Kusamala  has   supported  staff  development  and   training  opportunities  in  the  following   areas:     -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐ -­‐

Agroecology   Dryland  Gardening   Eco-­‐village   English   Computer  Basics   Introduction  to  Permaculture   Integrated  Land  Use  Design   Moringa  Care  and  Uses   Permaculture  Apprenticeship   Permaculture  Design  Certificate   Thatching   Water  Management  

Rhoda  giving  a  tour  of  her  home  garden www.kusamala.org  

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Financials  

  Kusamala’s  income  significantly  increased  in  fiscal  year  2013  following  increased  income  from  grants  and   contracts  with  other  local  organisations.  With  funds  provided  to  implement  community  projects  in  Dowa,   we  expanded  our  operations  and  reach  thereby  taking  significant  steps  forward  in  making  the   organisation  visible  both  at  local  and  international  levels.      Statement  of  Financial  Activities     Receipts   MK   USD                       Foundation  and  Trust  Grants   30,657,865.00     93,832.13                           Garden  &  Tree  Nursery  Sales   1,563,040.00     4,783.87                                   771,950.34     Individual,  Business  Contributions   2,362.65                           Apprentices,  Trainings,  &  Tours   7,565,597.56     23,155.43                                       Other  Income   62,156.04     190.24                       Total  receipts   40,620,608.94     124,324.32       Payments                                                                    Administration     8,535,058.52     26,122.59                                                                Centre  operations     6,374,072.55     19,508.62                                                            Projects     24,652,386.53     75,451.63                                                        Total  payments     39,561,517.60     121,082.84                                                                       Net  of  receipts/(payments)   1,059,091.34     3,241.48                                                                           Recognised  gains/losses   597,352.50     1,828.27                                                               Cash  funds  last  year  end   6,787,407.43     20,773.69                                                               Cash  funds  this  year  end   8,443,851.27     25,843.43         Income     In  fiscal  year  2013,  Kusamala  generated  or  received  $124,  324.32.  Of  that  total,  $93,832.13  came  from   grants  and  contracts,  representing  75%  of  the  income  and  a  2%  decrease  over  last  year.  The  grant   received  was  for  the  JANEEMO  project  funded  by  the  Scottish  Government  through  the  James  Hutton   Institute.    Garden  sales  and  trainings,  which  are  the  Centre’s  main  income  generating  activities,   contributed  23%  of  the  total  income.  Specifically  the  trainings  (Apprentices,  Courses  and  Tours)   contributed  19%  of  the  income  representing  a  16%  increase  from  last  fiscal  year’s  results.  And  during  the   same  period,  the  market  garden,  which  includes  veg  boxes  and  other  nursery  sales,  generated  4%  of  the  

 

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total  income  representing  a  12%  decline  over  last  year.  Note,  that  that  though  the  garden  percentage   contribution  to  the  total  income  has  declined,  the  garden  recorded  a  60%  increase  in  its  annual  revenue   compared  to  fiscal  year  2012.   Below  is  the  graphical  analysis  of  Kusamala’s  incoming  recourses  in  2013  fiscal  year.     Income  Analysis  

    Expenditure     Kusamala  expenses  in  fiscal  year  2013  increases  by  22%.  The  significant  increase  was  due  to  increase  in   grants  and  contracts  and  consequently  project  activities.  The  expenditure  is  represented  by  the  graph   below.  

    In  fiscal  year  2014,  Kusamala  expects  increased  income  from  grants  due  from  two  projects  that  are   expected  to  start  in  the  year  with  funding  from  the  Scottish  Government  and  Nordic  Climate  Facilities   through  Dan  Church  Aid.    

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Management   Board  of  Directors   Guy  Pickering   Godfrey  Chapola   Grace  Chimphonda   Atusaye  Mwalwanda   Maureen  Pickering   Executive  Director   Molly  Cheatum     Permaculture   Luwayo  Biswick     Programs  &  Communications   Catherine  Carlton     Monitoring  &  Evaluation   Chisomo  Kamchacha     Community  Outreach  &  Operations   Eston  Mgala     Agroecology   Marie  Raboin    

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Staff  

 

Market  Garden   Enock  Chikale   Enock  Alfred   Joseph  Kachere   Samuel  Kandiweni     JANEEMO   Issac  Banda   Gladson  Chakwera   Tchaison  Kaipamdole   Joel  Nkhwentchera    

1-­‐3  Months   Alex  Bury   Oli  Cripps   Austin  Dunn     3-­‐6  Months   Becca  Barrett   Carolina  De  Lacruz   Liz  Duerholt   Jo  Lewin   Benjamin  Nyaru   Megan  Schulze   Kristie  Smith     www.kusamala.org  

 

Food  &  Nutrition   Moreen  Chunga   Rhoda  Godfrey   Cecilia  Katunga     Implementation   Daniel  Chikhawo   Green  Kalitsiro   Mike  Ntande     Security   Disone  Banda   Zakaria  Gama    

Interns   6+  Months   Aren  Blake   Alison  Campbell   Abigail  Conrad   Daniel  Hoffman   Lisa  Morris    

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Report  Compiled  and   Designed  by   Catherine  Carlton       Financials  Compiled  by   Ephraim  Chiunjiza       Edited  by   Kate  Orloski  

Upcoming  Projects   in  2013/14        

DanChurchAid   Funded  by  Nordic  Climate  Facility   Mainstreaming  climate-­‐smart   agriculture  in  solar  irrigation  schemes   for  sustainable  local  business   development  in  Malawi   20  months  

    The  James  Hutton  Institute  &   Climate  Futures   Funded  by  the  Scottish  Government   Climate  Smart  Agriculture  for  rural   smallholders  in  Malawi   3  years  

    Gospel  Link   Apprenticeship  Program   3  months  

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Kusamala Annual Report 2012-2013