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Veronica Brown (43) and her daughter Linda Kampira (18), Kuma village, 2017.



Tamara Kaonga, (41), Mambero village, 2017.




eveloping Innovative Solutions with Communities to Overcome Vulnerability (DISCOVER) is a consortium project seeking to support up to




 he Shire River is Malawi’s most important water resource, supporting key economic sectors including food production, transport, tourism, agriculture and




 he Modernisation of Demand-driven Extension Services (MODES) project is a partnership being led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS), between that

900,000 rural people to adapt to and mitigate the effects of

fisheries. It plays a vital role in generating 98% of Malawi’s

organisation and Self Help Africa, Mzuzu CADECOM and

climate change. The project contributes towards reducing

electricity through hydropower.

Human Networks International, in collaboration with Airtel

poverty and vulnerability to climate variability through the development and promotion of sustainable livelihoods

Severe erosion is resulting in sedimentation of the Shire River

management strategies.

Basin, reducing the effectiveness of Malawi’s hydropower

DISCOVER focuses on building resilience and improving the




 his Big Lottery Fund backed project aims to significantly reduce poverty levels and sustainably improve the livelihoods of 2,000 poor smallholder

households in Balaka District, southern Malawi.

Malawi, Zodiac Broadcasting and the Ministry of Agriculture

With 50% female beneficiaries, SLIP is promoting improved

and Irrigation.

livelihood security through increased and diversified crop and livestock production; improved ecological resilience

facilities. The same erosion negatively affects farmers by

MODES is providing access to on-demand information

through improved natural resource management; increased

reducing soil fertility, yields, income and food security.

to strengthen the seed sector and promote the

incomes and increased and diversified livelihoods options

commercialisation, distribution and adoption of seeds and

through community-based rural enterprises; and improved access to markets and financial services.

lives of vulnerable people by enhancing the capacity of local government to prepare and respond to climate variability.

The objective of this project is to improve power generation

related key technologies in order to increase smallholder

SHA is working with local government to achieve this

by reducing erosion and sedimentation. In order to achieve

yields and adaptation to climate change.

through developing, updating and reviewing district disaster

this, the project is focusing on improving local management

risk management plans and hazard vulnerability maps;

of natural resources; improving community participation

The project is implementing a national suite of Information

training communities on disaster response; and establishing

in environmental and natural resource decision-making;

Communication Technology (ICT)-enabled extension

community early-warning systems for flood and drought-

improving sustainable management and utilisation of

services. These services will provide an estimated 800,000

prone areas.

forests and woodlots; promoting conservation agriculture,

smallholder farmers with access to critical production

integrated soil fertility management and agro-forestry

advice when they need it to facilitate behaviour change and

In order to assist communities and individuals to adapt to

practices, and engaging communities to promote joint

encourage the adoption of new approaches.

climate change the project promotes crop diversification and

decision-making of men and women on the sustainable

livestock production, together with sustainable and adaptive

management of natural resources at community and

By partnering with both public and private sector stakeholders

agricultural technologies.

household level.

and linking to ongoing value chain projects with closely aligned

In addition, SHA is working with communities to manage

The project is also empowering farmers through a focus

with smallholder farmers in Malawi, and improving the access

their natural resources and reduce the environmental

on business skills development, village savings and loan

and dissemination of information to farmers.

impacts associated with natural disasters and climate

groups, marketing, natural resource-based businesses and


ensuring the nutritional needs of the farmers are met.

objectives, MODES is opening new lines of communication


Total direct beneficiaries: 13,000 (SHA) Total direct beneficiaries: 3,500

Total beneficiaries: 800,000 (anticipated scale)

Total direct beneficiaries: 2,000 21

Self Help Africa Projects 2017  
Self Help Africa Projects 2017  

An overview of current programmes being implemented by Self Help Africa in sub-Saharan Africa.