Nine in ten people in Nkhata Bay North are farmers, and almost 60% of the population live on just over 50p a day. They depend on the land and local forests for survival. But poverty is forcing them to use these resources unsustainably – making the same problems worse.
In the last 20 years, a quarter of the forest in Nkhata Bay district has been destroyed. At the same time, climate change has led to increased droughts and floods. The extreme weather and degrading land make it difficult for farming communities to make a living to feed and support their families.
Building climate-resilient livelihoods
Temwa works with the disadvantaged farming communities in Nkhata Bay North to build sustainable livelihoods that give families income and food, while protecting the local environment.
We train farmers in sustainable farming methods that help them adapt to the changing climate. We provide business training and support to farmer groups which can then flourish into forest-friendly community enterprises.
Temwa Carbon Balance
The Temwa Carbon Balance scheme offers organisations and individuals an opportunity to balance their CO2 emissions. We do this through community tree planting, sustainable farming and community-led management of local natural resources. You can read more here
Read more about Temwa’s achievements in Agriculture and Forestry in the 2020 Agriculture and Forestry Report.