To help build resilience to food insecurity in Malawi, the Malawi Red Cross Society and its partners are implementing a number of small scale long-term interventions with sustainable impact. This includes fish farming, where participants are provided with training and the tools needed to create a pond, stock it, and maintain it. Recipients say the fish has benefitted them in that it provides additional nutrients to their diets, and they can sell the fish for additional income. This, in turn, helps them operate small businesses and send their children to school. The project adopted a diversified approach and included activities such as bee keeping, fish farming, small scale irrigation, backyard gardens, and livestock production. 210 people were selected in 15 villages to be part of the activity which resulted in the establishment of 22 small scale irrigation schemes. People received a treadle pump, fertilizer, seeds, and training. The training included how to prepare fields for irrigation, how to set up the treadle pump which resulted in a wider area of cultivation for them, knowledge about different types of crops and techniques such as crop rotation. Recipients say because of these interventions they now have enough food for their families, as well as surplus which they sell. They use the money to purchase additional supplies to prepare for the next planting season.
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What is the Kilimanjaro initiative? The Kilimanjaro Initiative is a rural women’s mobilisation from across Africa towards an iconic moment at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro in October 2016. Three regional caravans are expected to depart simultaneously from the South, West and East culminating in a Mass African Rural women’s assembly and a symbolic ascent by a delegation of women. The women plan to proclaim a charter of principles and demands specifically on women’s access to and control over their land. Animation: Tell2C & Second Heart for ActionAid International
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A short film outlining the challenges facing adolescent girls in Malawi, particularly the barriers to education. 50 % of girls in the country do not complete Primary Education. Theatre for a Change is currently implementing 225 Girls' Clubs in schools across Central and Southern Malawi , empowering marginalised girls in Primary Schools with self confidence and sexual and reproductive health knowledge.
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The International Potato Center has been working in Malawi since 2006 to improve nutrition and livelihoods through potato and sweetpotato. CIP is working to scale up the use of potato and sweetpotato varieties through accelerated breeding, improved multiplication techniques and value chain development. In this video Dr Barbara Wells, Director General of CIP and Honorable Dr Allan Chiyembekeza the Minister for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development in Malawi reflect on 9 years of working together to improve the lives of smallholder farmers in Malawi.
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