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Last Flights from Malawi

April 3rd, 2020

Listen as Lynn reflects that the Covid-19 suspension of flights from Malawi on Mar 30 means, for the first time, she has no way home to Ireland.

“Today, the last flights leave Malawi. it has a very strange feel that for the first time, I’ve traveled a lot and been in a lot of countries, I’ve seen wars and all sorts of things in troubles in countries, but I’ve always had the option to go home. As of today, whatever happens, there is no way home. No way out. It’s daunting, if you think too much about it, but life must go on… The sun is shining, the birds are singing. It’s beautiful and hot here today. There’s been lots of elephants around. So life goes on. Here, anyway.” - LYNN CLIFFORD

On the Ground in Malawi with Lynn Clifford during Covid-19

March 31st, 2020

Our friend and colleague, Lynn Clifford gives a quick eye witness account of how Malawi is dealing with the coronavirus and Covid-19 - or not. We wish her and everyone else there the very best in these even more challenging times. Take care.

The Climate is No Shield Against the Coronavirus

March 27th, 2020

Unfortunately, according to WHO, COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in all areas, regardless of the local climate.

WHO Myth Busting on Covid-19

From the evidence so far, the COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in ALL AREAS, including areas with hot and humid weather. Regardless of climate, adopt protective measures if you live in, or travel to an area reporting COVID-19. The best way to protect yourself against COVID-19 is by frequently cleaning your hands. By doing this you eliminate viruses that may be on your hands and avoid infection that could occur by then touching your eyes, mouth, and nose.

Malawi Declares Covid-19 National Disaster

March 25th, 2020

Malawi Declares National Emergency

“As coronavirus infections in most countries worldwide continues to soar by the thousands daily, there has not been any confirmed Covid-19 case in Malawi so far. Despite this the country’s president Peter Mutharika declared coronavirus a national disaster as a measure to prevent cases of the virus in the country.”

By Rabson Kondowe

Read the rest here on Quartz Africa.

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Malawi Decriminalises Cannabis for Medicinal Purposes

March 4th, 2020

Malawi decriminalises cannabis from The Guardian newspaper.
The Guardian, 28 Feb, 2020

Desperate times can call for desperate measures. Malawi has passed a bill decriminalising cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes, almost five years after a motion to legalise industrial hemp was adopted. The country follows in the footsteps of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Lesotho, neighbouring south-east African states that have legalised medicinal cannabis, as well as South Africa, where medicinal and recreational use was decriminalised in 2018.

Agriculture offers employment to nearly 80% of Malawi’s population. Tobacco is the country’s major export, and the global decline in its use has impacted the economy. Malawi’s tobacco industry is also marred by exploitation, as international companies such as British American Tobacco have sought cheap labour – including child labour – and low tariffs on raw tobacco for export. Cannabis, which can thrive in dry conditions, is a good fit for Malawi’s climate, which has been impacted by the southern African drought.

- from The Guardian, read the rest here.

In Chichewa, cannabis is locally known as chamba and is grown mainly in central and northern regions like Mzuzu. Malawian cannabis, particularly the strain known as Malawi Gold, is internationally renowned as one of the finest sativa strains from Africa. According to a World Bank report it is among “the best and finest” marijuana strains in the world, generally regarded as one of the most potent psychoactive pure African sativas. The popularity of this variety has led to such a profound increase in marijuana tourism and economic profit in Malawi that Malawi Gold is listed as one of the three “Big C’s” in Malawian exports: chambo (Tilapia fish), chombe (tea), and chamba (cannabis).

Wishing Everyone a Peaceful Xmas and a Better New Year

December 18th, 2019

Wishing Everyone a Peaceful Xmas

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Releasing True Girl Power

December 9th, 2019

Investing in Girls’ Education - a report

This World Bank report is a year old, but the lessons are still the same. Keeping girls in school brings benefits far beyond the intrinsic value of education.

- In Malawi, nearly four in 10 girls marry before the age of 18, and three in 10 girls have their first child before the age of 18.

- Early marriage and childbearing before age 18 and the resultant population growth are negatively impacting Malawi’s development

- Ending child marriage could generate half a billion dollars annually for Malawi in the next decade

Educating girls, ending child marriage, and preventing early childbearing are all essential to ensure that girls have agency, not only as future wives and mothers, but also as productive citizens in a wide range of roles. These are also enablers for countries to achieve their full development potential, which requires the full participation of all citizens to the degree to which they are capable. This is why the Tuesday Trust has always had a particular focus on trying to encourage and support girls in rural Malawi to stay in education as long as they possibly can. It’s empowering and game-changing.

World Bank Malawi Economic Monitor

The full report can be downloaded here from the Malawi Economic Monitor (MEM) which provides an analysis of economic and structural development issues in Malawi.

Today is World Children’s Day

November 20th, 2019

World Children’s Day UNICEF

World Children’s Day on Nov 20 is UNICEF’s annual day of action for children, by children.

This year is extra special as it marks 30 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child – 30 years of child rights that have helped transform children’s lives around the world.

A time to celebrate and a time to demand action. Children are telling us, loud and clear: it is time for every child, to have every right.

On 20 November, kids will stand up for their rights. Here are things you can do.

Making Tea Malawi-style

November 18th, 2019

One of the advanced skills we try to teach is making so-called “tea” fertiliser. But it’s got nothing to do with having a cuppa, it’s called tea because of the colour - it’s actually made with good old-fashioned animal dung. All that’s needed is a big drum with water, a large sack, a stick and sheet of plastic to make the drum airtight. Do it right and in 3 weeks you’ll have potent, organic tea fertiliser in liquid form, though any solids residue can also be spread on the beds. Here’s a drum of the magic juice feeding the irrigation system on our PSG growing plot at Ndi Moyo Palliative Care Clinic in Salima, Malawi.


Feed for irrigation

Irrigation system

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Ugg earning his wings

November 13th, 2019

Lynn’s dog, Ugg is ready for take-off to recce for elephants to tag on Thuma Forest Reserve.

Ugg ready for take-off

Ellies from the heli

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