Project information

Community Forestry

Deforestation is a huge problem in Nkhata Bay North region. The idea of this project is to reduce the rate of deforestation and malnutrition in the community. The project will also raise awareness of agroforestry, soil conservation methods, proper care for trees, and the importance of food security.


Charity information


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  • Need


    Deforestation is a huge problem in the Nkhata Bay North region resulting in large areas of bare land which is not being used. Malnutrition is another problem among many households as they lack a varied diet.


    The project will implement the re-forestation of bare lands through establishment of tree nurseries, it will also create awareness among the targeted population of the need to conserve forest resources and improving the knowledge and skills of the targeted population through training and demonstration of improved forestry management.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Reducing the spread of deforestation and land degradation in the Nkhata Bay North region


    » Creating tree nurseries will help the re-forestation of the area
    » Raise awareness of the need to conserve forest resources

    Success will be...planting 50,000 trees in throughout Nkhata Bay North

    Aim 2

    Inproving nutrition among the members of the community


    » Training and demonstration of improved forestry management, will allow members of the community to grow fruit trees

    Success will be...Planting a variety of fruit trees including oranges, tangerines, mangoes, paw paws, granadillas and guavas

  • Impact


    We hope the project will improve the livlihoods of the people of Nkhata Bay North. The indicators that we will use over the long-term to measure the success of the project include number of local markets selling produce (currently there are very few local markets in Nkhata Bay North), levels of recorded malnutrition at the local health centre, and levels of deforestation.


    Damage to seedlings from wildlife- The seedlings are protected from wildlife by thorough fencing
    Adequate water suppy during the dry season- Tree seedlings will begin growing near the end of the dry season (September). They will be transplanted around the region at the beginning of the rainy season (November). This ensures seedlings are properly established and rain-fed before the beginning of the dry season.


    Progress and pictures of the project will be reported through news articles on the website.
    More indepth reports will be produced every six months

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Training Activities Training of nursery custodians in tree nursery raising and management
      £10,000 Project resources Providing seedlings, pots, fencing and other materials for the tree nurseries
      £3,000 Facilitator support Employment of field facilitators to provide support to custodians of the nurseries
      £1,000 Monitoring and Evaluation Monitoring progress of tree nurseries and producing reports
      £1,000 Contingency Contingency
  • Background


    Nkhata Bay North district is located along the shore of Lake Malawi in the North of the country. The district consists of 80 villages and approximately 28,000 people. The entire area is deeply affected by the HIV & AIDS epidemic with higher than average prevalence rates and many families facing the burden of sick or orphaned dependants. Much of the district is extremely remote and can only be accessed by boat half of the year due to the condition of the single access road during the wet season.


    Tree nurseries will be created in 5 villages and we will target training and orientation on 5 farmers groups and 5 schools across Nkhata Bay North. These beneficiaries will then conduct their own training sessions, passing on the knowledge they have recieved. Therefore this project has the potential to reach over 17,500 people in the region.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Temwa is the only NGO working in Nkhata Bay North and we have worked there for the last 7 years. We are thus the only organisation in a position to run successful projects in the area. Our highly trained and capable staff are almost all from the local area and we thus have extensive local experience as well as a deep bond of trust with the local community. Our management team is highly experienced and contains more than sufficient expertise to ensure the success of this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Tonderai Manoto

    Programme Manager - Tonderai has over 3 decades of experience and provides the expertise and vision to manage and oversee Temwa on the ground

    Nyambe Luhila

    Project Manager - Nyambe manages the projects on the field and has extensive experience in community forestry and sustainable agriculture

    Benson Chiumia

    Senior Project Assistant - Benson is the central project assistant for our agriculture programnmes and provides most of the training and monitoring.