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
SHIRE BASIN SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT SOCIAL ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
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
Basin, reducing the effectiveness of Malawi’s hydropower
DISCOVER focuses on building resilience and improving the
SUSTAINABLE LIVELIHOODS IMPROVEMENT PROJECT (SLIP)
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
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
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
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
Published on Jul 18, 2017