With up to 85% of the population dependent on agriculture for food and livelihoods, many farming communities in Malawi are struggling to cope with the added impact of climate change.
Gorta-Self Help Africa is working on a combination of directly implemented and partner-led projects in Malawi. The programme goal, to support smallholder farming communities to achieve sustainable livelihoods, is in line with the government’s current Growth and Development Strategy II.
The largest single project is DISCOVER, a five-year collaborative venture with a number of international partners that is seeking to support households to adapt to climate change.
Full Name: Republic of Malawi
Population: 15.90 Million (UN Data 2012)
Area: 118,484 SQ KM (45,747 SQ Miles)
Major Languages: English (Official), Chichewa, Numerous indigenous languages
Major Religions: Christianity, Islam, Traditional Beliefs
Developing Innovative Solutions with Communities to Overcome Vulnerability (DISCOVER) is a four-year consortium project seeking to support up to 900,000 rural people to adapt to and mitigate the effects of climate change.
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (SLIP)
Nkaya & Balaka
The SLIP project aims at reducing poverty levels and sustainably improving the livelihoods of 2,000 poor farming households in Balaka District.
MODERNISATION OF DEMAND-DRIVEN EXTENSION SERVICES (MODES)
Balaka & Lilongwe
MODES is providing access to on-demand information to strengthen the seed sector and promote the commercialisation, distribution and adoption of seeds and related key technology to increase smallholder yields and adaptation to climate change.
SHIRE BASIN SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
The project aims to limit sedimentation of the Shire River, affecting soil fertility and yields, through community-based sustainable management of natural resources.