Malawi being an agriculture-based country relies on agriculture for its economy, as well as household consumption. Every farming season, community members work from as early as 4:00am in their fields just so they have bumper yields at the end of the season. Growing season starts in November and goes through April. I was deployed to my site as a CorpsAfrica Volunteer in November 2017 and have had the privilege to be part of this entire experience in my community. Harvesting normally starts in April and goes through June depending on when the crops were planted. It is during this time where “waulesi amaonekera” (the lazy man’s work is revealed). The ones that invested their time, money, and energy on their farms have smirks on their faces as they collect their yields for consumption as well as surplus for sale.
The most common crops grown in my community are maize, soybeans, groundnuts, and sweet potatoes. Most people in my community start harvesting soybeans first in their fields. They bring the harvests to their homes using an ox-cart or carry bags full on their heads and then start threshing. Once the threshing is done, they separate it from the pods and put them in bags. Normally this is not a one-man job. Luckily in my community, we have the youth club members who are willing to provide labour for a little something in return.