31st October 2012:
I don’t think the scaffolding would meet any health and safety standards here, but TIM (this is Malawi). These are two houses we are building on the upper farm in Lusangazi, one for the couple who are running the farm and maybe the other to rent to someone in the nearby school. They are big by Malawi standards, have 3 bedrooms a bathroom, store and outdoor kitchen. There will be sheds for pigs, cattle and maybe (can I say) hay!!
We have a long-term plan for this 6 hectares to use conservation tillage with green manure and agroforestry for all its fertilizer and firewood needs. This will be the first year of a long span crop rotation.
WE are keeping our fingers crossed, but its looking good.