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.
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. DISCOVER is at its mid-point, with our work taking place in the far north, in Karonga district.
Separately, a farm enterprise project reaches its final year in Karonga in 2015, while in the central and south-central region a major Big Lottery Fund backed sustainable livelihoods project was started in the Balaka district.
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 Regions: 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.
FARM ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT FOR FOOD AND ECONOMIC SECURITY
Chitipa & Lilongwe
Increasing household food, nutrition and economic security by improving the access to quality seeds.
Using mobile technology to provide rural farmers with convenient access to up-to-date agricultural information from experts.
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Nkaya & Balaka
Reducing poverty levels and sustainably improving the livelihoods of 2,000 poor farming households in Balaka District.
Lilongwe & Balaka
Introducing regular community Plant Health Clinics in order to facilitate diagnosis and treatment to all diseased plants.
MODERNISATION OF DEMAND-DRIVEN EXTENSION SERVICES
Balaka & Lilongwe
Improving the access and dissemination of critical production information to farmers through the use of mobile technology, call centres and radio programming.
SHIRE BASIN SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
Improving hydropower generation by reducing sedimentation of the Shire River through community-based sustainable management of natural resources.
TACKLING MALNUTRITION IN MALAWI THROUGH MOBILE PHONES
Lilongwe, Mchinji & Dowa
Utilising mobile technologies to improve rural access to information on nutrition, health and agricultural practices.