Malawi's Homegrown Vegetables Ease Food Shortage
In Malawi, over 6 million people need food aid because severe weather has made growing corn crops difficult. But small home gardens are helping. The Victory Garden Campaign is working with people in the capital city of Lilongwe to grow a variety of vegetables near their houses.
Edson Kumbani and his family live in the Likuni area of the capital city. He created a garden last year after his corn crop failed.
Like most farmers in Malawi, his family depended on corn as its main source of food. But now he grows vegetables such as tomatoes, pumpkins, beans and potatoes.
His wife, Efrida helps with the garden.
"Now I have even stopped asking my husband about food whenever he leaves the house. I just enter the garden and pick whatever food I need for the family and cook it."
Kumbani began his garden with help from a U.S. anti-hunger charity, Face to Face. Its mission is to help communities help themselves. Ken Wong is the director.
"What we want to do is roll out our Victory Garden solution, our solution of changing the way that Malawians think about farming, and thinking about food, so that Malawi can break the cycle of poverty."
About 22,000 families in the Likuni, Tsabango and Mitundu areas are benefiting from the campaign. Each person that receives training will teach 25 other people.
The small gardens are about 2.5 square meters and can grow up to 15 kinds of plants, vegetables and fruit trees.
The campaign chooses plants and trees that can survive on little water. The weather is still dry in Malawi and some villagers must walk a long way to get water. Even so, the seeds of change for a healthier future are being planted.
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1.severe weather 恶劣天气
Severe weather conditions hindered the rescue.
2.food shortage 食物短缺
Many deserted during the food shortage.
3.corn crop 玉米作物
The US government says that this year's corn crop should be about 8 percent more than last year.
4.grow up 成长；逐渐形成
A little trade began to grow up.
1.The Victory Garden Campaign is working with people in the capital city of Lilongwe to grow a variety of vegetables near their houses.
a variety of 各种各样的
A variety of books are displayed there.
Penetrating injury may be due to any of a variety of weapons.
2.What we want to do is roll out our Victory Garden solution.
roll out 铺开；推行
He let a couple of golden apples roll out from under the barrel.
We'll give her some VIP treatment and roll out the red carpet
在马拉维，约600万人需要食物援助，因为当时恶劣的气候不适宜种植玉米作物 。然而，小规模的家庭种植园解决了这一难题 。“胜利菜园活动”（The Victory Garden Campaign）旨在帮助首都利隆圭的民众在庭院内种植大量蔬菜 。
埃德森和家人居住在利隆圭附近的Likuni地区 。去年因种植的玉米收成不好，他便开垦了一个菜园 。
跟多数马拉维农民一样，埃德森一家主要的食物来源是玉米 。而今，他开始种植番茄、南瓜、豆子和马铃薯等蔬菜 。
“不管丈夫何时离家，我都不必再为食物犯愁 。我只需要到菜园子里挑选一些蔬菜烹饪即可 。”
在美国一家名为“面对面”反饥饿慈善机构的帮助下，埃德森开垦了一处菜园子 。该机构致力于帮助贫困地区帮助他们自己 。Ken Wong是该机构的负责人 。
Likuni、Tsabango及Mitundu地区约22000户家庭从该活动中受益 。接受过培训的人可以再把这种技术传授给25个人 。
他们种植的植物和树木即使水很少也能存活 。马拉维气候干燥，有些村民要长途跋涉去取水 。即便如此，一个更健康、美好的未来已经开始生根发芽 。