ADRA Malawi has over the past 15 years endeavored to ensure that people living in poverty should have the ability to access adequate amounts of food at all times
in order to live active and healthy lives.
ADRA Malawi projects therefore aim at improving household crop production and productivity to
ensure sustained availability of food and surplus for sale in order to achieve and maintain self–sufficiency at household level.
This is achieved through three main areas: increasing food availability, improving food access
and utilization through promotion of good nutrition. Increased food availability is achieved through the introduction of
improved farming methods and climate smart agriculture technologies, crop diversification and promotion of
drought resistant and nutrient dense crops, promotion of small scale irrigation,
winter cropping and post-harvest handling, promotion of livestock farming and creating links for agribusiness.
The Enhancing Community Resilience Project (ECRP)
targets 20,000 beneficiaries in Mwanza District has two dimensions (Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA),
by contributing to the attainment of the Hyogo Framework
for Action aimed at halving disaster losses and increasing communities’ resilience to climate change by 2015 in Malawi.
Similarly the Tsogolo Labwino Project targeting 22,000 people in Salima and the Phalombe Resilience Project targeting 4,600 people
build the capacity of vulnerable and marginalized household to adopt resilient livelihoods that are sustainable and profitable, by increasing adaptive capacity
and enabling vulnerable households to have a voice in decisions affecting them.
ADRA’s projects in food security are Tsogolo Labwino project in Salima District targeting 15,000 beneficiaries and Action for Social Change in Mzuzu, Lilongwe,
Machinga and Mulanje Districts targeting 80,000 beneficiaries, and Phalombe Resilience Project targeting 4,600 people. These projects with in collaboration with government departments
at district and community level in agriculture, forestry, health, nutrition, water and sanitation.
ADRA Malawi is scaling up on the use of market-led agricultural approaches through farmer business and market schools promoting
specific value chain like sunflower, cotton, cassava and legumes. Our approach integrates agriculture and nutrition through the
promotion new crops such as soya and the provision of training in food processing and value addition, storage and utilization.
ADRA Malawi is partnering with the World Food Program (WFP) to prevent acute hunger and protect livelihoods of vulnerable and food-insecure households who
are exposed to recurrent shocks through distribution of monthly food rations and social cash transfer programs.