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Malawi has faced economic challenges with high inflation and currency devaluation. This has affected the lives of the poorest, with 2.8 million people lacking sufficient access to food. These problems were partly a result of the El Niño weather phenomenon which can bring erratic rains, prolonged dry spells and floods. Climate change and adverse weather conditions continue to be an increasing threat to food production.

Our work

Tearfund has been operating in Malawi since 2003 and works across the country. The major focus areas of our work include building up communities’ ability to cope with climate change, responding to emergencies, and setting up small scale community savings groups. We are also prioritising work that ensures people have access to enough nutritious food all year round, even in times of crisis and disaster. 

Tearfund and our partners are promoting a process known as church and community transformation – working with local churches to empower their local community to escape poverty and become more resilient to disasters. This has led to local churches working in the areas of children at risk, HIV and AIDS, water and sanitation, girls’ and boys’ empowerment, and advocacy.

Our partners are promoting a scheme known as Foundations for Farming, which shows farmers and small growers how to harvest up to ten times more food on their land, even as temperatures in the region rise.

Tearfund is also a member of CISANET, a civil society network for agencies that seek to influence national agricultural policies on behalf of small scale farmers.

Our impact

Members of a village planning committee hold a meeting with the local community to explain and discuss their plans for future development | Alex Baker/Tearfund

Please pray for Malawi

  • Lift up our partner groups as they work to bring hope and transformation to those most in need.
  • Pray for the government; that they will lead with love, integrity and transparency, and put the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable people first.
  • Pray for more farmers to learn the Foundations for Farming techniques that will help them grow more food in a changing climate.

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