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Farming initiative starts

Our conservation farming programme is now beginning in Malawi and Zambia.

 This work is being supported by Accenture, who awarded Concern with a grant of $1.5 million earlier this year. This is a fantastic opportunity for Concern Worldwide and will no doubt allow us to build on the success we have had in this area in Zimbabwe.

A different approach

This grant is one of the biggest private-sector donations ever received by Concern for the support of a specific project. Tom Arnold, chief executive of Concern, said: "This project is all about encouraging and training farmers to take a radically different approach to crop production".

Three-year project

Over three years, the project will train 6,400 farmers in Malawi and Zambia. The grant will be used to educate and assist local farmers and communities in sustainable farming practices.

Introducing Abraham

Work began this month with the recruitment of Abraham Bongassie Wanta as the project coordinator. Prior to joining Concern, Abraham managed many projects for CARE in Ethiopia and Uganda. His experience is vast and we are delighted that he will be leading this project.