In Chiure District in Mozambique, one village community is active in an agricultural project called "Farming God’s Way" which is empowering poor farmers to help themselves. It is a sustainable farming method providing education and training, and improving yields, giving greater food security. The training is based upon three main principles:
- Biblical training. Farmers learn Biblical principles that allow them to unlock the potential of the land. Without the spiritual release from the Lord Himself, one can implement the best technology in the world without any benefit. The word of God says in Hosea 4:6 “My people perish because of a lack of knowledge”. Without the knowledge provided in this training, many farmers and their families may continue to live impoverished and undernourished lives due to poor crop yields.
- Technology. Zero tillage is encouraged, and no chemicals are used. Minimal soil disturbance and no soil inversion drastically reduces labour, costs and annual soil losses. Farmers are taught to protect ‘God’s blanket’, where the surface of the soil is covered by leaves, twigs and fruit. He designed things this way to sustain the land He created.
- Management. God calls us to be good and faithful stewards of the land. Farmers are trained to perform each step to a very high standard, on time and with minimal wastage. With good management farmers can work the land for subsistence, and for profitability and viable businesses.
God Himself is the master farmer and by simply following His ways, amazing results can be achieved. Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
The farm at Eduardo Mondlane consists of 29 workers (12 men and 17 women). Six of them have received full Farming God’s Way training, a 15-day course. Once trained, farmers are expected to go to other local farms to pass on their knowledge and help to train others. Although relatively new, this project has exciting, far-reaching prospects as subsistence farmers see amazing results for themselves. The farm at Eduardo Mondlane is now prospering with good yields and will serve as a model and an example for other farms to follow.