A man in Kasungu, Malwi carries firewood on his bike.
Our communications officer, Martina Madden visited the Jesuit Centre for Ecology and Development in Malawi in December to find out how it promotes environmental integrity while ensuring that local communities have a livelihood they can depend on.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world, where more than half of the population live below the poverty line, and a quarter live in extreme poverty. Its economy is heavily dependent on agriculture, which employs nearly 80% of the population. These smallholder farmers are particularly vulnerable to the erratic weather patterns caused by climate change. If the rains come too early or too late, crops cannot be planted or do not survive long enough to be harvested. This affects the farmers’ yields and the availability of food.