ITF’s 2017 Trees Journal volume 74 is now published! Andy Egan, ITF Chief Executive, introduces the inspiring and thought provoking articles from a our partners. As I was reading the articles published in this year’s journal I was struck by the diverse approaches communities and organisations are taking to protect and restore forests and to…
Malawi has declared a state of disaster over worsening food shortages as concerns grow over a hunger crisis spreading across much of southern Africa.
The promising progress made during the first nine months of the Nkhata Bay Natural Way (NBNW) initiative in Malawi has been thrown into jeopardy by the severe drought caused by the failure of the rains in December.
The Nkhata Bay Natural Way Project (NBNW) – one of the largest and most significant initiatives ever supported by ITF – was successfully launched at the weekend.
The official launch in Usisya, Malawi, was attended by 200 people including traditional leaders, representatives of faith and human rights groups, project staff and volunteers and the guest of honour, Senior Chief Mbwana.
When I last visited Nkhata Bay North, Malawi in September 2014, I was working with Temwa staff on community consultations. We were developing a project proposal to be submitted to the Big Lottery Fund. Now, 11 months later, it is exciting to return with the proposal having been approved, the grant awarded and the project up and running.
And yes, the Nkhata Bay Natural Way project really has hit the ground running.
Today marks the kick-off of the four year Nkhata Bay Natural Way project in Malawi. The full team on the ground are starting their first day of work on the delivery of this ambitious project, which will benefit marginalised communities in 110 villages in one of the poorest regions of the country.
I am writing from the beautiful town of Usisya on the shore of Lake Malawi surrounded by the Kandoli Mountains. I am currently in Malawi for 11 days visiting our partner, Temwa. We are carrying out a participatory planning exercise with local communities to develop a business plan for The Nkhata Bay Natural Way project.…