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Annie Nangawiri with one of the goats she received from Oxfam Unwrapped. These goats provide milk to drink and sell, fertiliser for crops and kids to sell at the market. 'We got our first goat in 2003 and it had two kids. The next year it gave birth to two more. We use the manure to help us grow better maize and more vegetables.' (Photo: Abbie Trayler-Smith / Oxfam)

  • Population: 18 million (July 2015 est.)
  • Human Development Index: 173 (among 188 countries)
  • GDP per capita: US $1,100 (2014 est.)
  • Population below poverty line: 50.7% (2010 est.)

Source: CIA – The World Factbook (as of 30 December, 2015), Human Development Report 2015, World Bank

 

Oxfam in Malawi

Oxfam has worked in Malawi for over 20 years. Our programme has evolved from Oxfam working directly with communities and helping local organisations to get established, to a more self-sustaining 'partner-led' approach. We work in the districts of Phalombe, Thyolo, Blantyre, Chiradzulu and Balaka. In 2013-14, Oxfam's work benefited 90,000 people in Malawi.

 

Our work's focus

Economic justice – Develop sustainable livelihoods and promote markets for small scale sectors.
Health – Ensure that marginalised people with HIV and AIDS have access to essential health services.
Humanitarian response – Enhance community members’ disaster preparedness capacity and build their resilience through multi-faceted initiatives combining livelihood support and climate change adaptation.
Gender justice – Provide training on gender sensitive land laws, human rights, women development, and empower women to fight for their rights, and ensure that their rights are protected.

 

Impact of our work

'Oxfam came to give me some fertiliser and tools. I received good quality seeds and we are able to sell tomatoes for more [now].'

Dorothy has received seeds, tools and training from Oxfam which helped her to grow better and a greater variety of crops. Now, she earns a living by selling the harvest. She plans to open a small kiosk shop and make improvements to her family's livelihood.

Oxfam’s vegetable project in the rural areas of Chiradzulu aims to help the most vulnerable families adapt and build resilience to changing weather patterns, enabling them to meet their needs all year round. We do this by providing fertiliser, tools and seeds as well as training in new agriculture and basic marketing techniques. The project will also help provide new ways of generating income by distributing livestock such as pigs.