Breaking Away from Handouts
Farmers Training Farmers
But after he adopted farming practices he learned from one of our local church partners, his life was transformed. He was so excited that he wanted to tell all his neighbours! So he volunteered to be a “local animator.”
Animators are a group of local farmers who train other farmers in
conservation agriculture. As a local animator, Mesele has taught over 122 other farmers in his community how to grow more food as well. His success lies with partnering with local churches, who often allow Mesele to set up a small model
farm plot on their property. “I teach in local churches after the Sunday worship
program,” says Mesele. “Now when people come to church, not only do their
spiritual bellies get full, their physical bellies do too.”
The impact goes beyond the official training. Many farmers, after seeing the change in their neighbour’s crops, become curious and ask them how it happened. That is exactly what happened in Esaya Kenfero’s case. He saw
that his neighbour’s crops were thriving while his were dying and asked his neighbour why. His neighbour told him about conservation agriculture and
he decided to try it out for himself. Esaya is what we call a “spontaneous adopter.” Now his crops are thriving too.
We believe that all people have been equipped with God-given abilities.
When unlocked, there is no end to the transformation possible.