Sowing seeds of prosperity.
Wezi Mhango’s work as an agronomist with Bunda College of Agriculture in Malawi is highly scientific—but it also has a human side. While researching how to improve soil quality and crop yield, she works directly with farmers in the African nation to improve the condition of their farms and the health of their families.
Mhango, who received her doctorate in crop and soil sciences from MSU, is collaborating with researchers from Michigan State on a project to introduce legumes into small farms in Malawi as a way to improve sustainability and nutrition in a region facing the effects of climate change and malnutrition.
“My hope is that the farmers themselves will really be empowered to improve yield not just for their own consumption, but they should also be able to sell some at the market as a source of income for their households,” says Mhango.
Since the project began, the local hospital has reported a decline in malnutrition in children, and Mhango hopes her team’s efforts—and the positive results—can be replicated on a larger scale.