New Malawi Project Helps Poorest Families

This week, CRS Malawi Country Representative Amy Rumano joined the U.S. Ambassador to Malawi Peter Bodde and Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture Margaret Roka Mauwa in launching the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) project. This $80-million project, funded by the U.S. government, aims to put more nutritious food on the tables of more than 200,000 families in southern Malawi over the next five years.

Many Malawians struggle to grow enough food to feed their families sufficiently and weather the ups and downs of recurring droughts and floods. CRS and our WALA partners will help change this situation by assisting poor households in reducing their dependence on rain-fed crops and improving overall health and nutrition.

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Malawi’s Deputy Minister of Agriculture welcomes the traditional chiefs of communities being served by the WALA program. Photo by Mphatso Sambo/CRS

Program activities include small-scale irrigation, diversification of nutritious crops, savings programs, market linkages and conservation agriculture techniques that are more environmentally sustainable.

Rumano noted in her welcome remarks that the official launch of WALA marks the full-fledged beginning of program activities following several months of preparation. Consultations have already taken place with district authorities, traditional leaders, and village development committees to identify communities most in need of WALA services.

“It is my privilege to welcome you to the WALA inauguration today because you have welcomed WALA into your communities,” Rumano said, acknowledging the enthusiastic reception of the program by communities being served.

– Reported by Debbie DeVoe, CRS’ regional information officer for eastern and southern Africa

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