Image 1 of 1
Residents of Chisatha, a village in southern Malawi on its border with Mozambique, lift a 5,000 liter tank onto an elevated platform. Six such tanks will be placed on the platform, and then solar-powered pumps will fill them with water from a nearby river, providing villagers with irrigation water for their crops. The village has been hard hit by drought in recent years, leading to chronic food insecurity, especially during the "hunger season," when farmers are waiting for the harvest. The ACT Alliance, which is sponsoring the project, is working with farmers in the village to switch to alternative, drought-resistant crops, such as millet, as well as using irrigation and other improved techniques to increase agricultural yields.