CDI Malawi has trained more than 120,000 smallholder farmers over the last decade.
CDI is actively working with farming communities in eight districts in the central region of Malawi, focusing on soybean cultivation as a high-value substitute for tobacco as the cash crop because of its ability to revitalize soil and strong nutritional profile. The project has grown from working with 200 farmers in the first year to more than 120,000 farmers trained in six districts as of the 2017/2018 season; CDI is adding two new districts for the 2018/2019 season. Agriculture and Enterprise Development Officers have established a well-organized and empowered network of farmer clubs and hubs with the help of hub farmers and government extension workers. Hub farmers act as peer advisors, communicating knowledge to and answering questions from fellow club and club members.