Peacock Seeds

Supporting food security with climate change-adaptive seeds
2015 SEED Africa Award Winner Sustainable Agriculture Malawi

Peacock farms and their contracted farmers produce drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and yield-improved legume and maize seeds from parental material offered by different research institutions. The enterprise also provides cleaning, processing, treatment and packaging of the seeds that are then sold for affordable prices to small-scale farmers throughout the country. 

Agricultural trading companies across Malawi support the local distribution of the seeds. 

The initiative will help diminish soil erosion by planting tree lines around fields and the farm. In the long term, it will maintain a natural forest with wildlife.

Eco-Inclusive Impacts

Peacock Seeds benefits improved seed producers as well as small-scale farmers in Malawi by increasing their sales and income. The initiative will help diminish soil erosion by planting tree lines around fields and the farm.
  • Increasing the number of contracted smallholder farmers in legume seed production from 300 to 700.
  • Raising the number of women to 50% of contracted farmers.
  • Employing 100 agricultural extension agents to assist farmers.
  • Decreasing soil erosion with the plantation of tree lines.
  • Increasing natural forests in the area by maintaining one inside the farm.

 

  • Strengthening the local economy by offering stronger seeds to farmers, increasing production rates in the long term.

 

 

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Partners

This enterprise is supported through its partnerships with various stakeholders, ranging from national and international organisations, investors, research institutes, suppliers, governmental bodies, NGOs, other social and environmental enterprises and more.

Peacock Seeds is a growing business that produces drought-tolerant, disease-resistant and yield-improved legume and maize seeds, sold to local farmers.

International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) supplies Peacock Seeds with parental material for back-up and multiplication of hybrid maize.

ICRAST MALAWI provides basic bean and ground nut seeds that are multiplied by Peacock Seeds.

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