Meet Agnes Munyukwa, Grape Farmer

Agnes Munyukwa stands with her grape vines.

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Mar 20, 2013

Grape grower Agnes Munyukwa was the first in her village to begin adopting new grape growing techniques she learned from Lutheran World Relief. She started using a deep plowing method between the rows of vines to help retain the moisture in the soil, and also grows peanuts within her eleven-row vineyard to improve soil fertility.

Her next goal is to replace the horizontal supports on her trestles — currently made from sticks that need replacement after just one or two years — with heavy-gauge wire that will last much longer. These changes to her grape growing techniques put Agnes on a path to increased grape yields and improved fruit quality, leading to a better life for her and her family.

is Lutheran World Relief's Communications Officer for East Africa, based in Arusha, Tanzania

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  • Joan

    Hi, I am very impressed after coming across the article on grape growing. I am also from Kenya and interested in meeting grape farmers to learn more. would you kindly help me to contact Agnes or any other farmer. Thank you and God bless you for the good work you are doing.

    • http://blog.lwr.org/author/druth/ Dan Ruth

      Thank you, Joan. This project is coordinated out of our office in Tanzania. Please contact Tanzania country director Amin Bakari at aminb@lwrearo.org for more information.