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Project information

Sustainable Livelihoods through Market Access

We will alleviate poverty experienced by remote farmers. Building on successful agricultural training delivered by Temwa in recent years, we will help farmers access markets and improve their produce to increase income and achieve better nutrition, while building resilience to climate shocks.

February 2019 - December 2020

Charity information: Temwa

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  • Need


    More than 90% of households in Nkhata Bay North are farmers earning extremely low incomes, as a result they often face food insecurity and malnutrition. Weather shocks, land degradation and deforestation exacerbate these issues. Training in sustainable farming, carried out by Temwa, has improved crop diversity, yields and forest coverage which has improved nutrition. Poor access to markets and business skills, however, means farmers don’t earn the income they need to support their families.


    Temwa will help village communities establish Farmers Associations to pool crops to sell at market. Higher yields will strengthen farmers’ bargaining position and encourage crop diversity. Helping farmers refine their produce with simple machinery, and providing training in marketing and business skills will increase revenues. Farmer Associations will re-distribute profits to their members - meaning families have a cash income and can save and invest for the future.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Improved market access and income for disadvantaged households


    » Form 10 Farmers Associations, each serving 30-40 smallholder farmers in 10 villages.
    » Train Farmers Association members in business skills, marketing and financial management.
    » Provide funding, training and machinery to increase the value of farmers’ produce (for example, grinding maize into flour and refining honey).
    » Support Farmers Associations to find markets and develop links to buyers and traders in nearby towns and cities.

    What success will look like

    By the project end, 10 Farmers Associations will be established with a membership of at least 300 farming households and all will have achieved profitable sales of their produce.

  • Impact


    The long term aim is to improve livelihoods of all people living within the project area. as well as the transfer of skills to surrounding areas. We will demonstrate long term success by the number of operational Farmers Associations, income of farmer associations and quantity and weight of refined produce from crop yields.


    No market for goods - has been mitigated by initial market research in main towns in the area and will be further mitigated by developing links with traders.

    Saturation of market - will be mitigated by training to diversify crops and coordination to ensure Farmers Associations don’t all produce the same crops.

    Climate shocks reducing yields - has been mitigated by Temwa’s linked agriculture and forestry project encouraging tree growth, natural fertilisation, and sustainable farming.


    Bi-annual reports on the progress of the project will be available on request for the duration of the project. Regular articles documenting progress will be posted on our website and photographs and short updates will appear regularly on our social media channels.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £40,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £7,000 10 Farmer Associations formed Training 10 committees and orientation of 3-400 farmers into associations.
      £6,000 Business Training Training workshops on fundamental business skills, financial management and marketing.
      £10,000 Value Adding Machinery Purchase, transport, and training of machines to improve produce e.g. maize threshing to make flour
      £4,000 Market Research and Links Conducting research of local markets and establishing links between farmers associations and markets
      £5,000 Start-up funding for FAs Financial support for seeds, marketing materials and other business materials for farmer association
      £5,000 Technical Support Provide ongoing support, coaching and mentoring to Farmer Associations
      £3,000 Project Administration Project monitoring; Contingency fund to allow for fluctuations
  • Background


    Nkhata Bay North is located along the shore of Lake Malawi in the north of the country. The district consists of approximately 55,000 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 for half of the year due to the condition of the single access road during the wet season.


    The majority of the population in the region will benefit through the multiplier effects of the improved household income, food security and reduced poverty of the 2,100 target group (350 farmers and their families). These will include the spread of increased local wealth, the increased availability of fresh vegetables and increased business skills. The local environment will also begin regenerating due to reduced tree cutting for income which will ultimately benefit all.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Temwa is the only NGO working in Nkhata Bay North for the last 15 years. The expertise of our local staff and the working relationships they have developed with the local community allow us to work in strong partnership with them to achieve these goals. Our management team has delivered similar projects elsewhere in the north of Malawi. The project represents a new phase in our successful sustainable agricultural work - supported by the Big Give - which will serve to reinforce this project.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Kondwani Botha

    Programme Manager - over 15 years experience in project management and evaluation, with special expertise in community development and facilitation.

    Pieta Seppänen

    Programme Quality Advisor: technical advisor and ensures the quality of programme design, implementation, and reporting, ensuring delivery to budget.

    PATRICK Kuyokwa

    Agriculture and Forestry (A&F) Manager - extensive experience in A&F in rural settings, with skills in agribusiness and climate-smart agriculture.