Renew’N’Able Malawi and Naturefund are working towards a common goal of protecting the fast depleting forest in a community outside of Blantyre in Malawi. The project seeks to promote the sustainable land use and conservation of natural resources with a particular focus on the rare species of the bast palm along the nantipwili river by training farming families on Dynamic Agro-Forestry and encouraging tree planting activities in the area.
The Dynamic Agroforestry project has enabled local farming families to see the value of trees and protecting the environment and has also demonstrated how use of solar powered drip irrigation systems can be incorporated in their DAF gardens. A key component of the project is the promotion of clean cooking technologies that use very little firewood and as a result reduce pressure on the local forests. The DAF farming families were given low cost fuel saving cookstoves and they continue to use them and are already able to see the benefits in firewood saving.
Devine Matare, Programmes Manager of Renew’N’Able Malawi says: ‘We are deeply grateful, for the financial support that Naturefund continues to extend to us which enables us to make a positive change in the lives of the people around the communities we serve in T/A Bvumbwe. We are confident that our partnership with Naturefund will continue to grow from strength to strength and that we will be successful in restoring the fast depleting natural forest along the Nantipwili river valley’
Saving the bast palm in Malawi