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Malawi

Official name: 

Republic of Malawi

UN group: 
Least developed countries
Landlocked developing countries
Country income: 
Low-income economies
UNFCCC Annex 1 status: 
Non Annex 1 Party to the Convention

Malawi (2012)

Energy profile
  • Gender and Nutrition: interview to Ambassador Brian Bowler and Dr. Grace Malindi

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    Publication
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    Sunday 1 January 2012
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    How has Malawi come to be regarded as a food-secure country? This side event of the 56th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (2012) is an interview with Dr. Grace Malindi, Technical Director of the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) and Malawi’s UN Ambassador Brian Bowler. They speak about improvements being made to nutrition and food security in Malawi and Southeast Africa, and the crucial roles of civil society organisations and rural Malawian women.

  • BRIDGE Report 23: Women and Development in Malawi

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    Publication
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    Sunday 1 May 1994
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    To what extent are gender considerations incorporated into development initiatives in Malawi' What are the key issues affecting women's legal and political status as well as their roles within the economy and the family' This report offers a general overview of the status of women in Malawi and points to the strong bias of existing literature towards rural areas and the southern region. Moreover, existing research tends to lack or over-simplify gender analysis.

  • INDC of Malawi

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    National Plan
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    The Government of Malawi communicated mitigation and adaptation actions in its INDC, some of which will be implemented unconditionally using domestic sources and some of which are conditional on external support in terms of capacity building, techonology development and transfer, and financial resources.

  • Subsidies promote use of drought tolerant maize varieties despite variable yield performance under smallholder environments in Malawi

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    Sunday 1 November 2015
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    This study used a three-year panel dataset for 350 Malawian farm households to examine the potential for widespread adoption of drought tolerant (DT) maize varieties, a technology that holds considerable promise for helping smallholder farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) adapt to drought risk. Regression results revealed that DT maize cultivation increased substantially from 2006 to 2012, with the main driver being the Malawi Farm Input Subsidy Program. Recently experienced drought and farmer risk aversion stimulated adoption of DT maize.

  • Gender review of selected programmes in the agriculture portfolio of the Norwegian Embassy in Malawi

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    Publication
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    Sunday 1 November 2015
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    In Malawi, the Global Hunger Index classifies the food security situation as “serious”. Lack of food security causes child undernutrition and child mortality. Levels of malnutrition are alarmingly high. About half of all children under the age of five show signs of chronic malnutrition. One-third of the population is food-insecure, with disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

  • Bringing people back into protected forests in developing countries: insights from co-management in Malawi

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    Publication
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    Monday 6 May 2013
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    Focusing on Malawi, this study examines struggles to bring people back into protected forests to enhance sustainable forest management and livelihoods using insights emerging from a co-management project in Malawi. It uses mixed social science methods to analyse continuing local forest-user commitment to co-management despite conservation burdens largely for minimal financial benefits.

  • Adverse impacts of climate change and development challenges: integrating adaptation in policy and development in Malawi

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    Publication
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    Thursday 1 January 2004
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    Any impacts of climate change have wider economic ramifications in Malawi due to problems such as drought and flood having a direct impact on agricultural productivity, water resource availability and health. Ninety percent of the Malawi population depends on wood fuel for energy and 100% of electricity generated comes from hydro-power from Lake Malawi.A rapidly growing population is creating a greater demand on water resources for which possible adaptation measures include dam construction, introduction of rain harvesting techniques and risk area mapping.

  • Promising practices: Lead Farmer project in Malawi

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    Publication
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    Tuesday 1 January 2008
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    Food insecurity is one of the major threats that the people of Malawi face. 90% of Malawian farmers are smallholders who face a host of challenges in their farming activities, including:

    small land size
    poor soils
    high cost of farm inputs
    erratic rainfall
    lack of appropriate technology
    lack of market for crops
    high prevalence of HIV/AIDS
    lack of skills and knowledge
    shortage of government extension workers

  • Climate change and rural livelihoods in Malawi: review study report of Norwegian support to FAO and SCC in Malawi, with a note on some regional implications

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    Publication
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    Tuesday 1 January 2008
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    This review seeks to assess the sustainable livelihoods projects currently supported by Norway in Malawi within the context of climate change and its predicted impact on agriculture development and food security.The report found that since the adaptation to climate change was not a design feature of any of the projects or undertakings, the relevance of the activities to adaptation to climate change was rather incidental.

  • Climate change and smallholder farmers in Malawi

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    Publication
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    Sunday 1 January 2006
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    While policy responses to global warming have mainly been driven by debates among scientists, the insights of poor people living on the frontline have been largely neglected. This study seeks to understand what is happening from poor peoples' perspectives. A field study was conducted using Participatory Vulnerability Analysis (PVA) in two districts of Malawi. Two villages were selected that face both floods and droughts.
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