Severe Drought in Malawi: The Nkhata Bay Natural Way provides long-term solution

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.

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Nkhata Bay Project launched in Style

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.

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Nkhata Bay Natural Way Hits the Ground Running

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.

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Nkhata Bay Natural Way Day One

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.

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