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Jun 2, 2021
One Planet Laureate Candidate Improving Malawi Smallholders’ Resilience to Climate Change

Changing weather patterns, poor land management, low adoption of agricultural technologies, and weak market links are some of the challenges facing farmers in Malawi. Dr. Austin Phiri, a 2019 One Planet Laureate Candidate, is leading an innovative research project that aims to increase sorghum productivity, catalyze smallholders’ adoption of the technology and enhance their [smallholders] resilience to climate change.

Through the project, Dr. Phiri is improving soil productivity by combining organic and inorganic fertilizer under irrigated conditions, thereby increasing the socio-economic conditions of the farmers. Dr. Phiri notes that the project was conceptualized at the 2019 One Planet Fellowship Science Week in Casablanca, Morocco.

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Dr. Austin Phiri is one of a growing number of African researchers who have been offered the One Planet Fellowship, a career accelerator designed to enhance the capacity of high potential agricultural researchers focused on climate change adaptation, by building their leadership, scientific research, networking, and mentoring skills. 

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