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Women farmers in Malawi tackle climate change and gender inequalities through greenhouse program

In Malawi, women farmers are tackling climate change and gender inequalities through a greenhouse program. The Kambuku Cooperatives, located about 23 kilometers from Lilongwe, have innovative greenhouses amidst newly planted maize fields. These greenhouses aim to address the challenges faced by women farmers who constitute 70% of full-time farmers in Malawi.
Due to climate change, Malawi experiences dry spells, intense rainfall, pests, and diseases, which affect crop yields. UN Women, with funding from the Korea International Cooperation Agency, has built 10 greenhouses across three project sites in Lilongwe, Salima, and Mzimba. These solar-powered facilities, costing USD 400,000, help mitigate the effects of climate change on agriculture.
The Kambuku Cooperative in Lilongwe, comprising 98 members with 71 women, has successfully grown various crops such as tomatoes, green peppers, leafy vegetables, and strawberries since 2020. They've earned over 14 million Malawi Kwacha (USD 517,000) by late 2023, which they used to invest in a warehouse and water pumps. Additionally, they secured a contract to supply leafy vegetables to schools in Lilongwe, generating further income.
UN Women partnered with Thanthwe Farms to provide support and training on climate-resilient agriculture techniques and women's inclusion in decision-making processes. Over 2,400 women farmers have benefited from these trainings, enabling them to set up or expand their businesses.
In Mzimba, trainings inspired women farmers to revise their methods for growing and packaging green peppers, leading to new business opportunities with hotels. These cooperatives have embraced climate-smart agriculture and aim to share their knowledge with other farmers.The greenhouses also serve as demonstration sites, attracting research students from Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Ruth Kampatura's son, inspired by the greenhouses, has joined the cooperative and plans to expand the business in the future.
With government support, the Kambuku Cooperatives have secured funding to expand their infrastructure and venture into new crops like beans and orange maize. This expansion has led to job creation and community development.
Esnart Kalunga, the Malawi Government's Agriculture Extension Officer, emphasizes the importance of investing in women farmers to end poverty and build resilience in the agriculture sector.



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  • Ann Nyambura

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    Initiatives like these play a crucial role in promoting gender equality by providing women with access to resources, training, and opportunities for economic empowerment.

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    • Princess

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      @ann_nyambura_542 Absolutely agree. Initiatives like these are instrumental in promoting gender equality by addressing the systemic barriers that women face, such as limited access to resources and opportunities.

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    • George Kariuki

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      This greenhouse program is a fantastic example of tackling climate change and gender inequality at once ☀️ This is exactly the kind of success story we need to see more of!

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      • Princess

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        @george_kariuki Absolutely! The greenhouse program in Malawi is a shining example of how initiatives can effectively tackle both climate change and gender inequality simultaneously.

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      • walter lungayi

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        This initiative of women farmers in Malawi exemplifies empowerment, resilience, and sustainable agricultural practices, creating positive impacts on both communities and the environment.

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        • Princess

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          @walter_lungayi It's inspiring to see how such initiatives can create positive ripple effects, benefiting both communities and the environment.

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        • Chris Ndungu

          5 w

          Nice to see women leading the queue in maintaining the environment. As we back women on environmental conservations let's not forget that green house is the best farming method that opt to be embrace by us all.

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          • Princess

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            @chris_ndungu It's a win-win for both women's empowerment and environmental sustainability.

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          • johnte ndeto

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            It's empowering to see initiatives that address both gender inequalities and environmental challenges.

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            • Princess

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              @johnte_ndeto It's inspiring to see such holistic approaches making a positive impact on both social and environmental fronts.

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            • zelda ninga

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              It's a good initiative when you educate the women in the community it changes the whole community in a better way.

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              • Princess

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                @zelda_ninga_442 Absolutely! Educating women in the community has a transformative effect that extends far beyond individual benefits.

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              • Rukia Ahmed Abdi

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                Women make up the largest population affected by climate change. I am happy malawi women are leading in the front to fight against this enemy

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                • Princess

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                  @rukia_ahmed_abdi Absolutely! Women are disproportionately affected by the impacts of climate change, yet they are also powerful agents of change in the fight against it.

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                • Kevin

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                  The kind of commitment here is really commendable

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                  • Princess

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                    @Kevin Absolutely, the commitment shown by women in Malawi to address climate change and its impacts is truly commendable.

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                  • Joseph Githinji

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                    Happy to see women commited to innovative farming in Malawi. This is a great venture that will go a long way in creating a food secured nation and lay a ground for more research in the future.

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                    • Princess

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                      @joseph_githinji Their dedication and determination are truly commendable and deserving of recognition and support.

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                    • Rotich Kim

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                      Green house is one of the best farming methods we need to encourage

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                      • Princess

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                        @rotich_kim Additionally, it allows for more efficient use of resources like water and fertilizers.

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