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Building Food Security and Social Resilience to HIV/AIDS in Malawi

In Malawi, small farmers face many challenges in sustaining a viable food system and are therefore highly vulnerable to climate change. Previous work in Ekwendi and Kasungu (projects 100670 and 101829) identified knowledge gaps and social equity issues in the context of climate change. These issues will be explored in further detail in this project. Working with farmers and stakeholders, researchers will document how climate change is perceived or experienced by age, gender, HIV/AIDS status, food security status and household structure. They will examine how government organizations are conceptualizing and responding to climate change. They will identify and pilot test suitable adaptation strategies for addressing climate change, health and food security. And, they will advocate in favor of policy based on the research findings. The various adaptation strategies to be explored will include alternative crops, agro-ecological methods, seed banks, food preservation options and community-oriented activities.

Project ID
105152
Project Status
Completed
End Date
Duration
48 months
IDRC Officer
crmadm CRM
Total Funding
CA$ 566,860.00
Location
Malawi
Programs
Food, Environment, and Health
Food, Environment, and Health
Institution Country
malawi
Project Leader
Dr. Patson Nalivata
Institution
University of Malawi
Institution Country
malawi
Project Leader
Esther Lupafya
Institution
Ekwendeni C.C.A.P. Hospital
Institution Country
Canada
Project Leader
Rachel Bezner-Kerr
Institution
The University of Western Ontario

Outputs

Report

Strengthening agriculture responsiveness to nutrition and health

Article

Modeling and participatory farmer-led approaches to food security in a changing world : a case study from Malawi

Brief

Agricultural strategies to improve nutrition, food security and gender equality for the rural poor in Malawi

Article

Is Malawi's “green revolution” a model for Africa?