Living Trees of Livingstonia is an initiative in the Rumphi District of Malawi. Funded by the Scottish Government through Edinburgh-based Leith Community Crops in Pots, the initiative is implemented on the ground by Rumphi organisation Living Trees of Livingstonia and by communities surrounding 21 schools. It advances the Malawian Government’s Home-Grown Schools policy, since the schools have begun their part in this initiative by growing breakfast foods for their children, after our baseline survey found that only 21% of children ate breakfast, and therefore 79% of children were eating only after school. These orchards are therefore like small farms; they will not only grow trees and breakfast foods, but also chillies, paprika and other crops for sale, which Living Trees of Livingstonia has begun to sell for the schools, giving the schools income to improve their children’s education.
The orchards are run by School Orchard Committees, each with 5 women and 5 men, parents and teachers.
Living Trees of Livingstonia has a wide range of benefits: environmental, employment, nutritional, educational and capacity-building.