Category Archives: development

theology of agriculture

ChimalaKilimoHifadhi

Declining soil fertility, poor farm management, and population growth are contributing to low productivity and reduced soil resiliency on the majority of smallholder farms in Tanzania’s Lake Zone.  Current yields are estimated to have dropped by as much as 95% over the last five decades.  Many farmers are struggling to feed their families and are looking for answers.

In many of these same rural areas, there are no churches present.  The people who live in these villages are intensely spiritual, but do not know Jesus Christ or that his kingdom is near.  They exist between fear and fatalism, seeking to appease ancestral spirits given charge of the world by a very distant creator God.  They do not understand that this creator God deeply loves them and wants to be in relationship with them — and that a life in his son is a life of great purpose, without fear.

Nearly every one of these villagers is a subsistence farmer. Continue reading

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smart investing

canavalia and mucuna

As a missionary and agriculture development worker in rural Tanzania, I have countless opportunities to teach both Bible and agriculture.  Everyone wants the knowledge I (am perceived to?) possess,* and I am regularly invited to teach new groups of people.  But my time is limited and finite.**  Perhaps the least mentioned task of cross-cultural workers is one of the most important skills for them to develop in order to be effective in their work.

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i am a certified permaculture designer

I studied permaculture for the last two weeks under a New Hampshire instructor named Steve Whitman (who did indeed appear the part of a permaculture instructor from New Hampshire).  For those of you not familiar with the term, permaculture is a word coined by a guy named Bill Mollison from Australia.  It comes from the words permanent and agriculture. Continue reading

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