Sustainable forest management
Malawi is endowed with abundant forest resources, which provide communities with valuable wood and non-wood products. However, they are under growing threat from increasing human and livestock population pressures and greater frequency of extreme weather events. Sustainably managed forests and even mixed agroforestry systems can provide reliable livelihoods for rural people. They can play an important role in regulating flows of water, soil and nutrients on which all of Malawian society depends, and in regulating the regional and global climate.
This is the story of how PROSPER Markets worked with a women-led business, MANDOLO, to source and supply quality sachets of inoculant for the Malawian market, what they learned - and where they go from here.
Small-scale farmers in sub-Saharan Africa need accessible climate information, in order to make important crop and land management decisions. New research from Malawi shows that women farmers have specific needs.
Dorothy Tembo-Nhlema, Chair of the Weather Chasers Group in Malawi, sees how the group is part of a larger civil society movement for positive change.
The new government took over affairs of state at the most critical time for Malawi - says Katharine Vincent, of the BRACC Knowledge and Policy Hub.
Malawi's 2019 heatwave led to consecutive days with very high temperatures - a scenario that tea growers fear. Tea bushes were scorched in Mulanje and Thyolo districts.
The hub provides knowledge, policy and implementation support to the BRACC implementing partners, acting to ensure that the impact of the programme is greater than the sum of its parts.
PROSPER works to build the resilience of households and communities, strengthen shock sensitive social protection, expand climate smart agriculture, reduce exposure to hazards and risks, and achieve food and nutrition security, by diversifying and improving income generation and economic opportunities.