“I’ve been chief of this village for over 50 years. I’ve seen the environment change with my own eyes. Temperatures are rising, forests are being decimated and we get less rain every year.”
Malawi is highly susceptible to climatic shocks. WFP is working with the Government of Malawi to tackle hunger and climate change.
“I learned how to make compost and was also given seeds to plant my own backyard garden. Every week, I go to the market to sell my veggies. We no longer need food assistance.”
Resilience programmes include trenches and other water conservation structures to prevent soil erosion and retain rain water.
Resilience programme participants build or boost assets like fuel-efficient stoves and hand-washing systems (left). They also engage in livestock rearing and backyard gardening (right).
Participants are given solar-powered radios and to the “Agriculture and Climate’’ programme, which broadcasts helpful information on farming and the weather.
“With the money I saved and the interest I got on it, we managed to buy this sewing machine, which now brings in regular income for the family.” Bridget Matewere is a member of a village Savings and Loan Group, a community micro-credit scheme.
“Since I joined the farmers’ cooperative we’ve been handling, grading and bagging our cereals properly, and getting good prices in the market. Before learning those skills, most of our cereal would spoil within a few months. Now, I am earning more money and have sent my daughter to university.” Mary Kandaya, resilience programme participant in Zomba District since 2015.
“Last year, I planted tomatoes in an irrigated field and made about 100,000 Malawian Kwacha (USD 140) profit” . Samuel, Mposa village.
Samuel and Nefy’s story illustrates how the programme has been lifting participants out of poverty in just few years. In the village of Mposa, they are both working hard to protect the environment and have better harvests thanks to an irrigation system set up by WFP.
“I see the improvement in my children. They look healthier. Now we can plan for the future because we don’t have to worry each day about what to put on the table.” Nefy
WFP and its partners aim to change lives through of a range of various interventions. These includes productive asset creation, climate advisories, weather-index insurance against drought, village savings and loan schemes, and market access opportunities for smallholder farmers.
The results of the integrated resilience programme are considerable: overall, all food security indicators improved against a backdrop of poor harvests throughout the country, underscoring the effectiveness of building household resilience.
“Despite the changing climate, with our irrigation systems, drains, gardens and other assets, my people are now able to withstand a drought. I am proud that we are on our way to eliminating hunger in the village.”
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Today, 170,000 households are actively participating in breaking the cycle of hunger This is made possible thanks to the excellent collaboration with the Government and the contribution of our donors.