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Malawi's Climate Challenge

Posted: 11 November 2019

A selection of pictures from the first trip this year to the south of the country with team Sciaf and (Ireland based charity) Trocaire in April.

Women celebrating arrival of a 'solar kiosk' centre in their isolated village in Machinga district, Malawi - part of the Scottish Government's Climate Challenge Programme Malawi [CCPM] project
Women celebrating arrival of a ‘solar kiosk’ centre in their isolated village in Machinga district.

It was the main growing season when the landscape is lush and the crops are high. But just three weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the region with floods and extreme rainfall.

New safe water borehole pump
New safe water borehole pump.

Homes and subsistence crops were washed away or dissolved as ‘biblical’ rain beat upon walls and roofs.

Sifati [right] is deaf and cannot speak, but has developed her own system of sign language. And is a leader in the CCPM programme in her village in Malawi's Machinga district
Sifati [right] is deaf and cannot speak, but has developed her own system of sign language. And is a leader in the CCPM programme in her village in Malawi’s Machinga district.

Climate Challenge Programme Malawi (a Scottish Government initiative) is helping communities in Malawi adapt to the impact of climate change with training, equipment and new types of plant seed.

Store for new types of drought and flood resistant maize grain
Store for new types of drought and flood resistant maize grain.

Water, energy and food crops are the main themes for change – from solar powered village resource centres and deep borehole safe water pumps to cyclone early warning training.

Displaced people camps in Malawi in April this year [above] - just four weeks after the floods and extreme rain of Cyclone Idai destroyed homes and subsistence crops belonging to these families in Chikwawa district, the far South of the country
Displaced people camps in Malawi in April this year [above] – just four weeks after the floods and extreme rain of Cyclone Idai destroyed homes and subsistence crops belonging to these families in Chikwawa district, the far South of the country.

Patricia, a CCPM programme lead farmer, and her little lad Sheriff
Patricia, a CCPM programme lead farmer, and her little lad Sheriff.

 

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