The founding idea of WWOOF is to facilitate human exchanges around organic farming. WWOOF hopes to provide a way for people to learn about organic food, farming, and ways of life. In doing so it brings people together to share common human values and thinking. WWOOF also hopes to provide helping hands to its organic hosts and allow volunteers to understand what it means to earn a living organically.
Originally called “Working Weekends on Organic Farms”, WWOOF came into being in England, in Autumn 1971, when Sue Coppard, a secretary living and working in London, recognised the need for people like herself, who did not have the means or the opportunity, to access the countryside and support the organic movement.
Today WWOOF stands for “World Wide Opportunties on Organic Farms.”
About WWOOF Malawi
WWOOF Malawi is a non-profit making organization serving a common goal in Malawi in improving, initiating and connecting Organic farmers with people willing to volunteer in organic farms. WWOOF Malawi is independently owned and operated – but affiliated to the Federation of WWOOF Organisations (FoWO). WWOOF Malawi was started by members of a small local NGOs called DIN Malawi and COFO that already has programmes of agriculture, climate change and volunteerism.
Its purpose is to:
- To compile a list of farmers and gardeners (hosts) in Malawi and welcome volunteers to help at certain times.
- To sella list of hosts to volunteers via a subscription service both national and international.
- To connect WWOOFers/volunteers who wish to visit Malawi to see first-hand the way organic farming works in our country.
About Development Initiative Network(DIN)
A small local NGOs, Development Initiative Network and Community Forum members started WWOOF Malawi to promote information and cultural exchanges in the area of agriculture and climate change. To attain its objectives, DIN promotes the establishment of partnerships with local and international organizations. DIN exists to strengthen farmers’ ability to access and use quality information, training and products. This helps to adapt to climate change and variability and strengthens the capacity of stakeholders to make agricultural innovations and work more efficiently, equitably and responsively to climate change and variability.
About Community Forum (COFO)
Community Forum is not for profit grass root organization which works to contribute towards community driven approach for sustainable development through interventions in women and girls rights promotion, Education and vocational skills enhancement, Food Security, Health and Nutrition promotion including HIV/AIDS awareness raising and prevention. To achieve its objectives, Community Forum works very closely with the community at grass roots in collaboration with the government structures at local and national levels alongside international, and national non-governmental and community based organizations sharing the vision for humanity in Malawi and the world. Community Forum recruits members virtually from around the community it works and the strategy to realize the mission lies in community involvement during project development. Community Forum is confident that, to change community attitudes and strengthen their skills and knowledge, there is need to take into account their potential and involvement to become enlightened, healthy and democratic community free from SGBV, child marriage, hunger, disease and poverty.