In Malawi, volunteer members of the community watershed committee are helping maintain a stony wall in the watershed area of Kublang in March 2017. The USAID-funded UBALE (United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations) project trains farmers in watershed management methods to ensure the sustainable use of resources and preserve the watershed. Watershed functions are threatened in this area by poor farming systems, erosion, deforestation, and drought. The goal of UBALE is to sustainably reduce food insecurity and build resilience among 250,000 vulnerable households in the Blantyre Rural, Chikwawa, and Nsanje districts of southern Malawi.
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In March of 2017, members of the Nkhombedzi Rice Scheme in Chikwawa District in Malawi take a break from planting seeds purchased at a Catholic Relief Services DiNER fair (Diversification for Nutrition and Enhanced Resilience) to sing and dance. The DiNER program offers agricultural vouchers to beneficiaries to purchase drought-resistant seeds that can withstand Malawi’s changing climate. Many areas in Malawi have battled a long history of food insecurity due to flooding and drought. The DiNER Fair program is part of UBALE (United in Building and Advancing Life Expectations), a USAID Food for Peace-funded project which works to increase the food security of vulnerable households, improve the nutrition of children and mothers, and strengthen the disaster risk management of communities.