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Tapumuluka Irrigation scheme, Nsanje District, Malawi, November 2020. Anne Moyo, a smallholder farmer, was affected by floods in 2015 and 2019 and drought in 2016 and 2018, resulting in her crop being destroyed 4 times in the last 6 years. She was really desperate at the time, skipping meals and having her grandchildren drop out of school to help the family. Initially, Anne was receiving food or cash from WFP to be able to feed her family. As she was getting back on her feet, Anne and her neighbors started working to plant trees, grow veggie gardens with organic compost, dig wells, and anything that can benefit her and her community, and help equip them to better resist climate change. In March 2021, Anne was producing enough (and diverse) food thanks to a solar-powered irrigation scheme. She engaged in other money-making businesses and was able to rebuild her house (destroyed from previous floods) and keep her children in secondary school. USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) is supporting Malawi (through WFP) to change the lives of rural communities through a range of various climate change mitigation interventions.

Solar Irrigation Brightening Anne’s Future

Photographer Badre Bahaji
Copyright © 2021 WFP/Badre Bahaji

Country Malawi

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