Project Background

In 2019, Malawi was hit by Tropical Cyclone Idai, leaving a good number of districts in the southern and central region greatly affected by floods. An assessment by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the Malawi Government, through the Department of Disaster Management Affairs (DoDMA), revealed that 15 districts (two in the centre, 13 in the south) were affected. An estimated 975,600 people were affected by floods, with 60 deaths and 672 injuries reported. Farmers’ crop fields including livestock and houses were also swept away.

In response, NASFAM, in collaboration with the GIZ, decided to intervene by providing interventions that will help smallholder farmers build resilience to future climatic shocks and disasters so as to reduce the impact of such events.

Scaling up Climate Resilient Solutions for smallholder farmers in Malawi (CRS)

The effect of climate change has had drastic effects on smallholder farmer’s crop production in Malawi for several decades. The over-reliance on rain-fed production system has made it hard for farmers to sustain their production in seasons of dry spell and or flooding. As a result, most farmers have experienced low production and food insecurity due to their low adaptive capacity. There is thus a need to enhance smallholder farmers’ adaptability and resilience to climate shock.