Promotion of improved tomato technologies among smallholder farmers




Mark Lundy, University of California, Davis


Student and researchers in the field in Malawi
Mark Lundy (far left) worked as a graduate student with colleagues in Malawi on tomato production for a Trellis Fund project.

Tomato growers in the Thyolo district of Malawi lack access to modern tomato‐production technologies. The Bvumbwe Agricultural Research Station is introducing improved varieties and modern production practices to 180 smallholder farmers in the district. Mark Lundy is helping develop educational materials that are being distributed by local agronomists at farmer field days and extension meetings. The organization is also establishing several demonstration plots. 

In 2015, Lundy reflected back on his experiences in Malawi in an article for the Feed the Future newsletter, "‘Local’ inspiration from half a world away."