USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance is working with the World Food Programme to change the lives of rural communities in Malawi through a range of environment and development interventions. Since 2017, farmers in the Usi village, Machinga District, have planted more than 1,800 trees. These plantings, along with the adoption of natural regeneration practices, have contributed to an 80 percent increase in biomass and forest cover in the catchment area. Meanwhile, farmer adoption of water harvesting measures and production practices raised the groundwater table by 35 cm and increased crop yields by 60 percent from an average of 500 to 800 kilograms. USAID’s sustainable landscapes programs in Malawi have supported community land management plans and the Government of Malawi’s Nationally Determined Contribution and its Forest and Landscape Restoration Strategy.
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USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA - ex FFP) is supporting Malawi (through WFP) to change lives of rural communities through of a range of various interventions. These includes restoring degraded lands for smallholder farmers and afforestation to prevent soil erosion. Since the beginning of WFP’resilience programme in Malawi over 31,000 hectares of land have been rehabilitated
Picture taken in Zomba District, December 2018
USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA - ex FFP) is supporting Malawi through WFP carrying out activities in seven districts, supporting 84,000 households. Participants build assets to improve their livelihoods, creating healthier natural environments, reducing risks and impacts of shocks, increasing food productivity, and strengthening resilience to natural disasters. Thanks to the asset creating activities, some communities, typically affected by climate-related shocks, reported low to no impact from the Cyclone Idai floods. In 2019 alone, over 3 million trees were planted along river banks, woodlots, household dwellings and community structures.
USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA - ex FFP) is supporting Malawi (through WFP) to change lives of rural communities through of a range of various interventions. These includes productive asset creation for smallholder farmers and afforestation. After raising tree seedlings, US-supported Food for Assets participants give some seedlings to the neighbouring schools to be planted for live fencing. Teachers use this as an opportunity to raise children's awareness on environmental protection.
Picture taken in Zomba District, December 2018
Akwalu Lupata, 54, married with 4 children suffered gastric ulcers for 10 years.
“For 10 years I could not eat any solid food. I was living on fluids only. But since I started growing moringa trees which also has medicinal/healing properties, I’ve been taking the moringa powder, and the ulcers have cleared off. I can now eat normally without any pains Now that I’m healed, I work hard on my crop field.”
USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA - ex FFP) is supporting Malawi (through WFP) to change lives of rural communities through of a range of various interventions. These includes productive asset creation for smallholder farmers and afforestation. Amongst other trees that are planted by participants, moringa trees are promoted for its wide range of benefits.
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.
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.
Two workers measure a medium-sized tree with a tape measure.
Food Security Through partnerships with the Government of Malawi and local non-governmental organizations, USAID is spearheading innovative programs to strengthen smallholder farmers’ economic and climatic resiliency.