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UK commits to Malawi’s climate adaptation programme

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The United Kingdom (UK) Minister of Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change Anne-Marie Trevelyan on Tuesday promised continued support to Malawi’s climate adaptation programme being implemented in some parts of the country.

On the second day of her four-day visit to Malawi, the minister, who is also the international Champion for Adaptation and Resilience for Conference of Parties26 engaged with community members in Balaka District, where the Promoting Sustainable Partnerships for Empowered Resilience (Prosper) Project is being implemented under UK’s Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Change Programme.

‘‘It has been a pleasure to be able to visit the whole area and see the watershed programme that has been going on from the top of the hill and the control measures being followed on the landscape.

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We promise more support because, honestly, I feel like being in the Garden of Eve to see people having the second crop with all sorts of vegetables both good for the nutrition of their families. This is good because I have seen how non-governmental organisations, the local council and the hard-working farmers are coming together for the common goal,’’ she said.

Trevelyan also saw elements of climate-smart agriculture at first hand, involving interventions such as solar water pump irrigation, land restoration and village savings and loans groups.

Meanwhile, World Food Programme (WFP) Malawi Country Director Paul Turnbull said the programme was helping people in surrounding areas achieve household food security.

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‘‘This is a very interesting project because it has a community and household aspect. This helps to improve the land and improve the way the water runs into the soil and protects the soil, and that has contributed to the village being able to grow vegetables and other crops. Apart from that, it has made the people diversify their diet from the food they are cultivating,’’ Turnbull said.

Meanwhile, Balaka District Commissioner McDonald Kadammanja has commended WFP, the UK and other players for implementing the programmes in the district.

Malawi is particularly vulnerable to climate change, given its narrow economic base, high dependence on rain-fed agriculture, overreliance on biomass for household energy and weak institutional capacity.

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