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New York Times columnist Nick Kristof writes about a program helping farmers diversify crops in Malawi that is part of a CRS-led venture called WALA, which means “to shine” in Chichewa, an indigenous language. The USAID-funded program helps these farmers plant crops that thrive even when the rains fail, something that happens all-too-often in this part of Malawi. The chilies that the farmers plant instead of corn are sold in order to buy food.

In his oped piece, Kristof wrote: “ ‘Other crops wither, and the chilies survive,’ [ farmer Jonas] Kabudula told me. What’s more, each bag of chilies is worth about five bags of corn, so he and other villagers have been able to sell the chilies and buy all the food they need. ‘If it weren’t for the chilies,’ said another farmer, Staford Phereni, ‘we would have no food.’”

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Kim Pozniak

Director of Communications

Kim Pozniak
July 12, 2012

Based in Baltimore, MD

As the Director of Communications, Kim oversees the communications and social media teams working with journalists and the media to connect them with engaging stories about relief and development programs that are making a tangible difference in people’s lives around the world.

Her previous work at CRS includes handling emergency...More