Malawi’s vulnerability to climate change is exacerbated by high population growth, rapid deforestation, and widespread soil erosion. Malawian farmers are largely dependent on rainfed agriculture. Increased temperatures and rainfall changes also affecting lakes and the fish supply, putting the nation’s primary source of animal protein at risk. At the policy level, through the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emissions Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) program, USAID is working with the Government of Malawi to advance REDD+ (Reducing Emission from Deforestation and Degradation) readiness, develop a greenhouse gas inventory management system, and support the development of Malawi's Intended Nationally Determined Contribution for the December 2015 climate negotiations. At the site level, USAID is increasing low-emissions land use opportunities by working with target communities to address drivers of deforestation, and increase the climate resilience of freshwater ecosystems and people by engaging lake-shore populations in sustainable fisheries management.

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Malawi - Chili Pepper Farmer
Malawi - Chili Pepper Farmer