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Malawi to focus on 'green belts'

Nurturing Malawi's green belts could result in year-round crop production (WRENmedia)
Nurturing Malawi's green belts could result in year-round crop production
WRENmedia

Malawi plans to move away from dependency on food aid through an ambitious new programme to develop 'green belts' in the country. President Bingu wa Mutharika has called upon G8 governments to support his efforts to create these fertile zones around the country's lakes and along its rivers. Initial plans are to use the nearby water supplies to irrigate rice, wheat, maize, millet, cassava, potato and beans.

It is hoped the green belts may stretch from the northern border with Tanzania to the southern border with Mozambique, and enable the country to grow and harvest crops all-year-round. Although the vast majority of crop production in Malawi is rain-fed, the country has significant underutilised irrigation infrastructure, much of which was abandoned in the mid-90s after the fall of dictator Kamazu Banda. The green belt scheme looks set to bring some of these systems back into use, as well as developing new irrigation capacity.

Date published: November 2008

 

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