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					SELF HELP DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL
               MALAWI




       ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2005


      Self Help Development International – Malawi
                        P/Bag 259
                         Blantyre
                          Malawi
                    Tel: 265 1 640 084
                   Fax: 265 1 644 229
                E-mail: shdi@malawi.net
                Web page: www.selfhelp.ie


                  February 2006
        Table of Contents                                             Page


1.0    Introduction ……………………………………………………………………………… …………….3

2.0    Strategic Issues ………………………………………………………………………………………….3

3.0    Executive Summary …………………………………………………………………………………….5

4.0    Area Based Programmes ………………………………………………………………………………..7

5.0    Capacity Building Programmes (CBPs) ……………………………………………. ………………..29

6.0    Organizational Development ………………………………………………………………………….30

7.0    Cross-cutting Issues …………………………………………………………………………………...33

8.0    Lessons Learnt ………………………………………………………………………………………...36

9.0    Case Studies …………………………………………………………………………….. ………...….37

10.0   Special/Exceptional Circumstances …………………………………………………………………...41

11.0   Evaluations ………………………………………………………………………………. ……………41

12.0   Special Reports/Researches /Studies …………………………………………………………………..41

13.0   The Future ……………………………………………………………………………………………...42




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1.0     Introduction

This report presents progress achieved during the period January to December 2005 for the SHDI-Malawi country
programme which comprises Nsondole Area Based Programme in Zomba District; Kaphuka Area Based Programme in
Dedza District and the HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming Project which is being implemented in both Nsondole and Kaphuka
ABPs.

The goal of Self Help Programme in Malawi is to improve the living standard of the rural communities. The specific
objective of the two ABPs, Msondole and Kaphuka, are to promote food security at household level as well as integrated
rural development in five priority development sectors namely, agriculture, health, education, water and natural resources.

The specific objective of the HIV/AIDS Project is to minimize the impact of HIV/AIDS on the rural communities in
Msondole and Kaphuka Extension Planning Areas.

During the period under review, Programme implementation was undertaken in all the eight Programme components,
namely;-

                Crop production
                Livestock production
                Natural Resources Management
                Horticulture and Irrigation
                Health and Sanitation
                HIV/AIDS
                Education including Adult Literacy, and
                Local Capacity Building

        Implementation of all Programme components was participatory in nature with all the three partners (Government
        line Ministry staff, rural communities and Self Help staff) being involved in all the activities. Monitoring and
        evaluation of the activities were done through continuous field supervision visits, periodic staff and stakeholder
        meetings, information and data collection, peer evaluation and reporting.

        This report summarizes achievements made against planned objectives and targets, highlight lessons learnt and
        make recommendations for the future.

        Attached to the main report are Achievement Matrix Tables for the two Area Based Programmes and the HIV/AIDS
        Mainstreaming Project.

2.0     Strategic Issues

        It has been 3 years since implementation of the two Area Based Programmes (ABPs) in Nsondole and Kaphuka
        commenced in 2003.

        A mid-term evaluation was done in April/May the year, 2005. The overall aim of the mid-term evaluation was to
        analyze and reflect on the experience of the component projects in order to assess their contribution to sustainable
        development of rural communities in Malawi and to identify areas which need to be developed and strengthened in
        the existing projects as well as in the development of the 2006 – 2010 Country Strategic plan. The evaluation
        identified additional interventions that were included in the country strategic plan for the period 2006 – 2010.

        In the five-year country strategic plan, Malawi will strengthen the existing ABPs and identify and establish four new
        Area Based Programme. The new ABPs will be established in Balaka, Ntcheu, Lilongwe and Mzimba districts in




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adjacent areas to the existing ABPs. Such clustering of projects within an area is intended to maximize coverage
while the current Area Based Programmes focus solely on food security activities, the new Area Based Programmes
will in addition to food security focus on (a) savings and credit schemes especially for women and (b) social services
particularly support to schools, health centers and potable water (construction of boreholes).




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3.0       Executive Summary

The overall goal and purpose of the SHDI-Malawi program is to promote food security and improve the living standards of the
rural communities .The specific programme objectives are as follows: To
:

     Increase and diversify crop productivity
     Improve access to agricultural inputs
     Promote development of cooperatives, associations and rural youth
     Reduce environmental degradation including (soil erosion, soil fertility loss, and deforestation)
     Improve livestock productivity
     Promote gender mainstreaming into program activities
     Enhance literacy and numerical capability of adult illiterates
     Reduce population growth rate and HIV/AIDS incidences
     Provide portable water, and
     Strengthen the capacity of local institutions, beneficiaries, and staff

The following is the summary of the project activity achievements in the period of January to December 2005:

3.1       Crop Production

In order to increase agriculture production and productivity, the program distributed agricultural inputs including seed of high
quality value crops like groundnuts, rice Soya beans, sweet potatoes and cassava, facilitated mounting of demonstration plots,
conducted field days, conducted crop production estimates, seed performance and seed recovery meetings and registration of
2005/2006 seed program beneficiaries. It also facilitated establishment of individual/ community cassava nurseries.

3.2       Agriculture Productivity Investment Programme (APIP)

The program did not implement the European Union funded agriculture productivity investment program (APIP) in the year.
This was due to the drought that Malawi experienced in the 2004/05 season that led to poor loan recovery. The main focus over
this period was the recovery of the APIP loan for 2004/2005 season. It should be noted that the loan recovery is still underway
and no inputs have been distributed for 2005/2006 season. The program is aimed at increasing the production of maize crop for
consumption by providing inputs such as maize improved seed and fertilisers.

3.3       Horticulture and irrigation

In order to support food security by promoting small and medium scale irrigation, thereby increasing farmers income, the
program facilitated identification of irrigation sites and supported horticultural/irrigation groups for the production of cabbages,
onions, tomatoes, maize and rice, conducted training in irrigation and production of various horticultural crops as well as treadle
pump plot layout. The groups were also supported with, pesticides, sprayers, vegetable seeds, maize seed, fruit tree seedlings and
fertilizer to have a start up input supply shop for sustainability of the groups. Horticulture groups were taken for study tours to
learn what other groups outside the project area are doing.

3.4       Livestock production

The project concentrated on identification of new livestock villages; livestock breeders for guinea fowls and Boer goats, training
of breeders in livestock management and drug administration, distribution of livestock such as guinea fowls and Boer goats, and
establishing drug revolving funds for livestock.
3.5       Natural resource management (NRM)




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In order to promote sustainable natural resource management, the program trained new village natural resource management
committees, facilitated establishment and monitoring of tree nurseries and distribution of nursery materials to facilitate tree
nursery establishment. The project also promoted the compost manure making activities during the period. The project
conducted tours for farmers to learn more on integrated NRM outside the project area. The programme has supported farmers to
construct model mushroom houses across the project area.

3.6      Water and sanitation

In order to provide access to safe drinking water the program established water development committees and facilitated
construction of shallow wells and rehabilitation of water kiosks.

3.7      Women cooperative development

In a continued effort to promote women empowerment and development, the project facilitated recovery of loans from the
members. The project also facilitated an audit exercise for the cooperative as well as an annual general meeting. A new executive
has been elected and it has since been trained in leadership skills and cooperative management. Registration of new members for
the cooperative is underway.

3.8               Adult Literacy

To enhance literacy and numerical capacity of adult illiterates the program facilitated formation of adult literacy committees,
trained the school committees in conventional adult literacy class management, identified and trained adult literacy class
instructors, supported the adult literacy classes with learning and teaching materials, and payment of instructors upon submission
of a monthly report.


3.9      Capacity Building

In order to increase capacity to effectively implement program goals and objectives, the program conducted various farmer
trainings in different components of the program to build their capacity in management of the programs. Senior and junior staffs
were also trained in different areas of project management and crop management in the year.
Consequently, the organisational capacity of SHDI-Malawi has been strengthened with the recruitment of additional staff to fill
the vacant positions .staff motivation has been enhanced through salary upgrading as well as staff trainings conducted within and
outside the country.


3.10     Monitoring and Evaluation.

The program had a mid term evaluation exercise in April 2005 and the findings were largely positive and encouraging .The
recommendations made have helped us to restructure some of our activities and implementation approaches. The program also
conducted monthly planning meetings, quarterly review and planning meetings and Friday morning weekly review meetings in
order to improve on program implementation.




4.0      Area Based Programmes




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         Malawi SHDI country program is implementing 2 area based program of Kaphuka and Msondole conservation
         based integrated rural development project. The overall goal of the project is to improve the livelihood standards of
         farm families in the 2 project areas by improving household food security, access to income and social services by
         2007. This will be achieved by making the stated project areas self sufficient in food through increased agricultural
         production and provision of alternative income sources, as well as water, health and education facilities, conserving
         and restoring natural resource base of the project areas, as well as reducing HIV/AIDS incidences.

         The overall goal and purpose will be achieved through the following specific objectives: -

                 Increase and diversify crop productivity
                 Improve access to agricultural inputs
                 Promote development of cooperatives, associations and rural youth
                 Reduce environmental degradation including (soil erosion, soil fertility loss, and deforestation)
                 Improve livestock productivity
                 Promote gender mainstreaming into program activities and women empowerment
                 Enhance literacy and numerical capability of adult illiterates
                 Reduce population growth rate and promote HIV/AIDS mainstreaming in all the programs to reduce
                  HIV/AIDS incidences
                 Provide portable water
                  strengthening the capacity of local institutions, beneficiaries, and staff
                 Provide conducive learning environment for pupils by supplying learning materials and classrooms.

         The above stated objectives are being achieved through implementing 10 main components.

         During the reporting period the project has implemented activities in the components of Crop production, irrigation
         and horticulture component, livestock production, portable water, natural resource management, adult literacy
         component, women cooperative development, mushroom production, local capacity building and HIV/AIDS support
         programs in areas of youth, orphan care, PLWAH programs. All these activities were monitored through periodic
         management meetings and stakeholders review and planning meetings. Progress has been achieved in the
         components as presented in the subsequent sections in this progress report.

4.1.0    Crop Production

         The objective of the crop production component is to increase the total production and productivity per unit area for
         household consumption thereby increasing household income. The approach involves provision of high yielding
         crop varieties approved by the ministry of agriculture and food security to the community members for them to
         establish village seed banks and support on technical crop production messages.

         Activities

         Project facilitated the registration of seed beneficiaries and distribution of both recycled seed and top up seed by
         project office. Conducted seed recovery sessions with seed beneficiaries. Crop estimates were done. The project
         has also been involved in mounting of on farm demonstrations and conducting field days. Cassava cuttings were
         distributed and nurseries have been established.         Under APIP the major activity was the recovery of APIP loan.

 4.1.1   Distribution of seed and beneficiary registration.

         The program distributed 123629 kgs, 12463 Kgs, 35185 Kgs and 45600 Kgs of groundnuts, rice, Beans and soy
         beans was distributed in the period representing 89.5%, 83.1%, 95.1%, and 90 % achievement against planned
         targets respectively.




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        Table 1: Seed Distribution 2004/2005 Season
         Project         Crop             Quantity               Actual               %          No. of
                                          planned      for       Distribution                    Beneficiaries
                                          Distribution           (kgs)
                                          (kgs)
         Kaphuka         G/nuts           105500                 92200                87.3       6406
                         Beans            37000                  35185                95.1       2470
                         Soya beans       50400                  45600                90         3890
         Msondole        G/nuts           32580                  31429                96.5       3214
                         Rice             14994                  12463                83.1       2217
                         G/nuts           138080                 123629               89.5       9220
                         Beans            37000                  35185                95.1       2470
         TOTAL           Soya beans       50400                  45600                90         3890
                         Rice             14994                  12463                83.1       2217

        Note that the figures for seed distributed include the additional seed bought by the office to top up seed at village
        seed banks and seed recovered by the communities themselves.

        Comments and Impact of Seed distribution

    o   Farmers have at least some seed from the seed bank to rely upon despite low crop harvest.
    o   All the groundnuts seed was sourced from the seed banks (seed recovered). This shows that seed banks are
        sustainable.
    o   With the seed programme, communities have managed to establish reliable village seed banks that can supply seed
        in time of need.
    o   With the benefits realized from the crops produced farmers are able to buy fertilizers, construct iron roofed houses
        and buy other household essentials.

4.1.2   Seed recovery from 2004/2005 season

        A total of 137289kg’s, 32100 kg’s, 57130 kg’s, and 3236 kg’s of groundnuts, beans, Soya beans, and rice was
        recovered in the period representing 56%, 90%, 104%, and 13% achievement against planned targets respectively.
        Note that in the reporting period rice and Groundnuts recovery were so poor due to drought that affected the season.
        These two crops did not do well because they need higher amount rain fall than the other crops.

        Table 2: Seed recovery from 2004/2005 season
         Project         Crop             Quantity planned          Actual recovery       %        No. of
                                          to be recovered           (kgs)                          Beneficiaries
                                          (kgs)
         Kaphuka         G/nuts           115700                    101200                87       5927
                         Beans            35800                     32100                 89.6     2280
                         Soya beans       55037                     57130                 92.9     3621


         Msondole         G/nuts              130889                36088.5               87       7711
                          Rice                25381                 3236                  13       2440

                          G/nuts              246589                137289                56       13509
                          Beans               35800                 32100                 90       2280




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          TOTAL            Soya beans          55037                  57130               104      3621
                           Rice                25381                  3236                13       2440


4.1.3    Crop estimate

        This exercise was done in all projects to compliment on performance/production of the seed being distributed to the
         communities. It was noted that 50% recovery will not be met as expected because of poor performance of crops due
         to the drought.
        The farmers agreed that the seed loan for farmers will still be carried over to the next season for those who had very
         low production. Hence due to this reason the project will need to top up seed for the seed banks.

         Table 3: Crop yields estimated per project area.

          Project        Crops      Farmers              Garden               Area (ha)           Yield per ha
                                    sampled              measured
          Kaphuka        Maize      73                   104                  400                 2102
                         G/nuts     90                   88                   195                 1368
                         Soya       70                   90                   148                 1170
                         Beans      75                   103                  47.6                1890
          Msondole       G/nuts     48                   48                   10.77               464
                         Maize      60                   60                   20.96               1093

Yield for groundnuts has gone down by 76.8 % in Nsondole Project as compared to the national average. The current yield is
464 kg/ha as compared to the national average yield of 2000kg

Analysis of crop estimates

    o    In Nsondole Yield for maize (OPV) has significantly decreased from 2261.7kg/ha in the previous season to
         1,092.7kg/ha this season representing 48% decrease in yields. This was due to drought and floods experienced in the
         country during last season.
    o    Low yields have affected APIP loan repayment for 2004/2005.

4.1.4    Field Days

In the last quarter the program facilitated mounting of on farm demonstration for different crops to facilitate adoption of
modern methods like Sasakawa global 2000 which 1 seed in planted per planting station, adoption of hybrid maize variety
and planting of pure groundnuts stand to harvest more groundnuts. The demonstrations mounted were in maize and
groundnuts only as rice was just sown at a nursery.

Monsanto Malawi provided the project with materials for field trials on zero tillage. These trials are being conducted with the
aim of comparing the labour involved in conventional tillage versus labour in zero tillage.

Table 4 shows numbers of field days conducted in Kaphuka and Msondole and attendance disaggregated by gender.

A total of 41 field days were conducted against the planned 35 for both Kaphuka and Nsondole projects and this represent
117% achievement. The field days were attended by 1089 men and 898 females.

         Table 4: Field Days Conducted and Attendance by Gender




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            Project          Field Days       Field Days             %         Attendance
                             Planned          Conducted                        Male     Female            Total Attendance
            Kaphuka          21               29                     138       871          619           1490
            Msondole         14               12                     87.5      218          279           497
            Total            35               41                     117       1089         898           1987


Field days Impact:

       o   Farmers noted that groundnuts planted on pure stand yield more than the groundnuts inter-planted with maize.
       o   From the field days it has been noted that this year many farmers have planted their groundnuts on pure stand so that
           they can yield more.
       o   Also more farmers in the area adopted the Sasakawa type of planting this season i.e. planting one maize seed per
           station at 25cm spacing as opposed to the convention method of planting three maize seeds per station at one meter
           spacing.
       o   It was noted by for that combined use of compost manure and fertilizer gives more yields. The manure retains
           moisture and nutrients while fertilizer enhances growth and crop yield.
       o   Farmers were exposed to model khola construction of guinea fowls and the day to day guinea fowl management.
       o   Lessons were leant that with good planning a farmer can be self reliant in terms of access to farm inputs such as
           fertilizer, seed and manure.

4.1.5      Cassava nursery establishment

Cassava is regarded as a drought tolerant crop that supplement to the staple food maize, in time of drought to maintain food
security for the rural communities. The project is supporting farmers with high yielding and disease resistant varieties of
cassava to improve the quality and productivity of the crop.
31 cassava nurseries were established against the 29 planned representing 106 % achievement. Manyokola and mbundumali
cassava variety cuttings were distributed in the project area.

           Table 5: Cassava nurseries establishment
            Project       Communal N                           Individuals                         Tonnes         Hectares     Total
                                                                                                   distributed    planted      Ben
                           plan        Achiev.          %      plan            Achiev.       %
            Kaphuka        15          17               113    210             84            40    26             11.3         342
            Msondole       14          14               100    545             365           67    26             12.7         439
            Total          29          31               106    755             449           53    52             24           781



.1.6       Sweet potato nursery establishment

           Table 6: Sweet potato nurseries establishment
            Project          Communal N                Individuals                          Tonnes        Hectares       Total Ben
                                                                                            distributed   planted
                              plan     Achiev.     %          plan       Achiev.      %
            Kaphuka           15       15          100        140        93           150   34            2.76           401
            Msondole          18       14          77.7       217        141          65    39            10             210

            Total             33       29          88         357        234          107   73            12.76          294




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        Cassava Nursery in Kaphuka project

Immediate benefits of crop program

    o   Increased availability of improved seed variety of groundnuts, cassava, sweet potato and composite maize in the
        project area
    o   Some of the participating households in the project area have good supply of food for most of the year.
    o   Some house holds are able to buy essential needs for their families after selling their produce

4.1.7   Agricultural Productivity Investment Programme (APIP)

        The Government of Malawi in collaboration with the European Union is implementing an Agricultural Productivity
        Investment Programme through Non-Governmental Organization (NGO`s). The objective of the project is to
        increase the production of maize for consumption by providing inputs on loan to farmers.

        The program has now run for 3 seasons in Kaphuka and Msondole project as it started in 2003/2004 season and it’s
        continuing in Linthipe, from the previous project.

        In Kaphuka the number of beneficiaries increased in the 2004/2005 season to 3000 from 1000, and for Msondole the
        beneficiaries increased to 4000 from 2000 in 2004/2005 season. Linthipe project maintained the 2000 beneficiaries.
        Each farmer got 2 bag of 50kgs urea and 10kgs of hybrid or composite maize seed. This is enough to plant 0.4
        hectares. Therefore, 9000 farmers have planted 3600 hectares of maize in 2004/2005 seasons and estimated yield is
        3600 tons. Despite all this the programme had met some problems in terms poor maize crop performance and
        consequently the low loan recovery owing to the drought that Malawi experienced in the reporting season.
        The above resulted in lower yields than last year of almost all crops. While appreciating the situation some
        beneficiaries took advantage not to repay thinking that there would be an automatic general moratorium. The
        situation on recovery of the loan was to some extent improved following door –to- door loan recovery campaigns in
        all project areas.

        The project has made agreements with the APIP clubs to finish repaying the loan by August 2006. The groups are
        willing to repay the loan despite the low yields.
        The project has made efforts to support the farmers with additional rice seed and cassava cuttings close to 10 tonnes
        and 52 tonnes respectively in 2005/2006 season to assist them in food security and loan repayment after selling
        surplus.

        Table 7: APIP performance
         APIP performance for 2004/2005 season
         Project    Beneficiaries            Quantity (Tons)              Loan
                    Plan Achieved %          Seed      Fertilizer         Amount       Recovered     %
         Kaphuka 3000 3000           100     30        300                21444000     15044237      70
         Msondole 4000 4000          100     40        400                26552000     5384336       20
         Linthipe   2000 2000        100     20        200                14296000     3094917       22
         Total      9000 9000        100     90        900                62292000     23523490      38

        During the reporting period the repayment was at 38% and is expected to pick up as many farmers start harvesting
        their crops in May.




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        Benefits

        Although the area was hit by drought this year, at least some beneficiaries managed to produce relatively higher
        yields especially those who used compost manure in their gardens.



The lady in the picture is one of the APIP beneficiaries from Msondole project who has managed to harvest over 2200 kg
of maize using APIP inputs and compost manure.


4.1.8   Outcome/Impact of seed program

    o   Increased access/availability of improved seed variety of beans, Soya beans, groundnuts, cassava, sweet potato and
        composite maize in the project areas such that even those not in the program are able to access the seed. Almost
        70% farmer seed requirement was met by their own stock from village seed banks.

    o   Increased household income from sales of farm produce like beans, Soya beans, groundnuts, cassava, and rice
        thereby household being able to meet social and economic needs like buying of household essential things and
        paying school fees, which will improve their livelihood.

    o   Increased production of maize at household level as a result of increased yields which will prolong period of food
        availability in those households participating in APIP program hence house holds being food secure.

    o   Increased production of groundnuts, beans, Soya beans, maize, and rice as a result of increased yields.

    o   Group cohesion has been enhanced which will ensure sustainability of the program through village seed banks.

    o   Farmers are economically empowered through sales of various crops. More farmers sold their crops locally. And
        one notable impact is that house holds have increased income, increased production, with more prolonged period of
        food availability, save time which can be put to other social and economic activities hence improvement in their
        living standard.

    o   Diversified crop production thereby spreading risk and ensuring adequate food for families

    o   Diversified and improved diets and nutrition due to diversified crop and livestock production

4.1.9   Irrigation and Horticulture Production

        The objective is to promote the growing utilization and marketing of horticultural crops in order to increase food
        availability through small-scale irrigation.
        The component is very important because it takes place during dry season which is lean time for food security at
        household level hence what ever is grown is used to supplement food security at household level.

        Performance of the horticultural crops this year was remarkable despite low water levels during the       winter
        period. The majority preferred growing maize considering the low yields of      maize in 2004/2005        season.
        Still there are some farmers with an increasing interest of   producing other lucrative vegetables        such as
        tomatoes, onions and cabbages.

        Activities




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        This year the program facilitated identification of irrigation sites, conducted farmers trainings on horticultural crop
        management, treadle pump plot lay out, and treadle pump maintenance. It also supported the groups with
        horticultural inputs and equipment.

4.2.0   Site identification and Membership of horticultural groups

        Both project identified more irrigation site in the year 2005 in addition to sites identified in the year 2004. Kaphuka
        identified 2 irrigation sites whilst Msondole identified 69 irrigation sites. These sites are Dambo areas along the
        steams. 2 horticulture groups were formed for Kaphuka and 69 horticulture groups were formed for Msondole
        project.

        Table 8: Membership for horticultural groups per project.

         Project        Planned      Achieved         %      Men      Women        Total
         Kaphuka        5            2                40     44       64           108
         Msondole       14           69               492    602      584          1186
         Total          19           71               266    646      648          1294

4.2.1   Farmer training on horticultural management

        140 farmers for Kaphuka project and 158 farmers for Msondole project underwent horticultural management
        training. The training covered several areas like Irrigation management, Treadle pump plot layout, Operation and
        maintenance of treadle pump, and Production of various horticultural crops.

        Training Impact
    o   The training equipped the farmers with skills and knowledge in areas of horticultural production and this year we
        had a remarkable improvement in horticultural production in the area. The picture below depicts an irrigated field
        for maize and cabbages in Nsondole Project. Farmers harvested more maize on irrigated sites and produced more
        vegetables which were sold and had money to buy other essentials for their homes.




The winter irrigated maize and cabbage

4.2.3   Distribution of horticultural inputs

        The project supported the formed and trained irrigation groups with various horticulture inputs including vegetable
        seeds maize seed, fertilizers and different chemicals. All these inputs are provided on revolving basis. Below is a
        summary of the inputs to the groups in the project area.

        Table 9: Inputs distributed per project
         Project         # of groups                 Ben       Maize (KG’s)                  Vegetable seeds (packets)

                          Plan     Ach      %                  Plan      Ach        %        Plan       Ach       %
         Kaphuka          5        2        40       125       200       225        112      10         6         60

         Msondole         14       69       492      1186      1000      1533       153      450        696       154




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         Total            19       71      266      1311       1200        1758       133     460      708       107



         Table 10: Horticultural Input distribution continue
   Project         Fertilizer (KG’S)              sprayers                        Liquid Chemicals        Solid chemicals
                   Plan        Ach     %          Plan     Ach        %           Plan   Ach   %          Plan    Ach     %
   Kaphuka         2500        2650    106        20       11         55          50     65    130        300     126.5   42
   Msondole        -           9128    -                   17                     -      27.2  -          -       24.5    -
   Total           -           11830   -                   28                            92.2                     151

4.2.4   Outcome/Impact of horticultural program

    o   Farmers growing horticultural crops in the area have increased their income through sales of their produce like green
        maize, cabbages and onion.
    o   Households had adequate vegetables for consumption at their homes.
    o   Production of maize increased as yields were good from most of the fields which in turn increased household food
        security as they supplemented with what was harvested during the rain season.
    o   Production, consumption, and marketing of horticultural crops increased in the area as a result of planting materials,
        fertilizer and irrigation materials provided to the members.
    o   Easy access to inputs for horticultural production as most groups have established revolving input supply shop.

4.3.0   Livestock Production

        The objective of livestock component is to expand production of small ruminants and poultry so as to increase the
        protein intake and household income.

        Activities

        Activities on livestock included identification and training of livestock breeders; procurement and distribution of
        livestock; facilitating the passing on of off-springs. Training local drug technicians for livestock and the
        procurement and distribution of livestock drugs. The project also under took monitoring visits to assess livestock
        performance

4.3.1   Training in livestock management

         Boar goat, pig and guinea fowl breeders underwent livestock management training. They were    trained in
        guinea fowl, pig and goat management. The training covered general topics for the 3 animals in areas like;
        advantages of guinea fowl, pig and goat rearing, proper housing , feeding practices, breeding, pest and diseases,
        prevention of pest and diseases.

        Table 11: Livestock beneficiaries trained
         Project      Livestock            Trained
                                             Planned     Achieved             Total     %
                                                         Male Female
         Msondole      Goats                 42          28     14            42        100
                       Guinea fowls          56          32     24            56        100




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         Kaphuka       Piggery               70          25       11         36         51
                       Goats                 60          29       10         39         65
         Totals        Goats                 102         57       24         81         79
                       Guinea fowls          56          32       24         56         100
                       Pigs                  70          25       11         36         51


4.3.2   Livestock distribution

        A total of 68 goats, 45 large white pigs, and 190 guinea fowls were distributed in the Kaphuka and Msondole project
        to 99, 84, and 115 beneficiaries respectively.




        Table 12: Livestock distribution
         Project         Animal type               Number       Number            %       Ben.
                                                   targeted     achieved
         Kaphuka          Goats                    60           48                80      89
                          Large white pigs         70           45                64      84
                          Guinea fowls             202          14                105     105
         Msondole         Guinea fowls             400          176               44      30
                          Goats                    84           20                24      10
         Total            Goats                    144          68                47      99
                          Large white pigs         70           45                64      84
                          Guinea fowls             602          190               32      115

4.3.3   Monitor livestock performance

        The program continued monitoring of livestock performance like pigs, black a strop chickens, guinea fowls, and
        goats, distributed in Kaphuka project and goats, rabbits and guinea fowls distributed in Msondole project in the year
        2005 In Msondole project 60 meetings were conducted out of 50 planned which represent 120%. In Kaphuka project
        22 meetings were conducted out of 21 planned which represent 104% achievement. These meetings were made to
        monitor livestock performance in terms of production of off springs, their general welfare, and death of livestock
        and off springs passed to other beneficiaries.

4.3.4   Drug revolving fund

        In the year the project purchased assorted livestock drugs so that it can facilitate establishment of livestock   drug
        revolving scheme. This was after training the drug technicians in livestock drugs administration as reported
        above. The drugs purchased included; eye powder, iodine, terramycine, wound spray, multi-dose dewormer;
        virus kill dis-infectant,oxytetracycline LA, piperazine, oxyvit,stocklm tar, DDL, lasota, and oxytetracycline 10%.
        The committees had a one day session with the veterinary officer to identify all the drugs in the box. For easy
        administration these drugs have already been distributed to seven drug boxes. Each area has           one drug box.

4.3.4   Impact of livestock program gram

    o   Introduction of guinea fowls in the area, which is easy to raise and is resistant to diseases. This will increase
        consumption of meat in the area. Measures have been put in place to protect excessive loss.




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    o   Boar goat which is an improved breed has been introduced in the project area and will improve the local breeds.
    o   The death rate of livestock in the project area has reduced due to increased access t o drugs.
    o   The training equipped the farmers with knowledge and skills to raise small stock livestock, check on their animal
        health and identify some simple ailments, and conduct treatment which has reduced livestock deaths in the project
        area.
    o   Farmers income has increased from sales of livestock and livestock products

4.4.0   Natural Resources Management

        The objective of nature resources management component is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources
        primarily for agricultural purpose through the rational use of resources so as to increase productivity per unit area.
        Also     the objective of the program component is to promote integrated small-scale fish farming by the farmers in
        Nsondole area.

        Activities

        Activities which took place under natural resource component were sensitization meetings, nursery establishment
        and nursery management training, tree nursery establishment, manure making training and manure making, and
        support to fish farming.
        It was agreed that the projects should not form some more committees due to poor performance of the
        component but to concentrate and improve on those nurseries that were established in the 2003/2004 season.

        The newly established nurseries were supported with seeds, polythene tubes and nursery equipment for
        establishment of the tree nurseries. The table below gives details of the inputs distributed to the nurseries.

        Table 13: Tree nursery seeds/equipment distributed
         Project         Input/ Equipment                           Seeds/equipment
                                                   Units
                                                                    Plan           Ach           %
         Kaphuka          Assorted seeds               Kg’s         130            130           100
                          Polythene tubes              No.          315000         315000        100

         Nsondole         Assorted seeds               Kg’s         100            135           135
                          Polythene tubes              No.          435000         435000        100

         Total            Assorted seeds               Kg’s         230            265           115
                          Polythene tubes              No.          740000         740000        100




4.4.2   Tree nursery establishment and tree nursery management training

        14 VNRMC’ in Nsondole project were trained in nursery establishment and nursery management. The objective of
        the training was to train communities on how to raise and manage tree seedlings on their own, to impart knowledge
        and skills on integration of trees and crops, to promote the sustainable use of natural resources such as soil, water
        and vegetation

        A total of 145 People were trained on nursery establishment and management and 92 were men and 53 were women
        in Nsondole project.




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4.4.3   Physical conservation activities

        These activities largely are implemented in Kaphuka project as the terrain in the project area is hilly. Below is a
        table of activities for physical conservation which took place in the year, for Kaphuka project.

        Table 14: Physical conservation achievement
         Project         Activities                               Units     Annual                          Beneficiaries

                                                                            Plan      Ach         %
         Kaphuka          Establish     Communal        Village   No        14        16          114       715
                          Woodlots
                          Establish vetiver nurseries (ha)        No        14        5           35        394
                          Home stead planting                     No        7         11          157       396


        Only 5 vetiver nurseries were established out of 14 planned because of the erratic rains that did not favor the
        establishment of the grass.

4.4.4   Manure making training

        To encourage use of manure by farmers so that their soil fertility can improve the Msondole and Kaphuka projects
        conducted manure making on farm demonstration/training so as to prepare the farmers for manure making exercise.
        The farmers were trained on manure making and usage to improve soil fertility. The training covered pit and
        Chinese manure making made from locally available resources, making use of manure in the field, and importance
        of manure. The training also reminded farmers of early land preparation to incorporate crop residues so that at the
        time of planting residues would have decomposed in the soil and provide nutrients for the crops grown.


        Table 15: Manure making training and number of pits made by farmers per project.
         Area        Farmers    Farmers     %     Pits/heaps      Pits/heaps     %
                     Planned    trained           planned         made
         Kaphuka     947        744         78    532             1546           291
         Nsondole    120        223         185   -               223


         Total         1067         967          131     -                1769             -

4.4.5   Apiculture (Bee keeping)

        This program is being implemented in Kaphuka project only. During the reporting period the Programme procured
        and distributed 33 bee-hives to farmers participating in apiary (bee-keeping) in Kaphuka Project. In Msondole area,
        bee-keeping is not being promoted because farmers are less interested since the area is devoured of natural trees.


        Table 16: Beehives Distributed and Colonised
         Project        Activities                                Units     Annual                          Beneficiaries

                                                                            Plan      Ach         %




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         Kaphuka          # Beehives Distributed                No          58        33          56        40
                          # Beehives Colonised                  No          26        40          80        29
                          Quantity of honey harvested           Litres      520       21          4




        Impact of Apiculture

    o   Farmers were economically empowered through sales of honey.

4.4.6   Mushroom production

        In order to economically empower groups in the project area the program supported different  groups       in
        mushroom production. These groups are cutting across all groups which work with Self Help ranging from youth
        groups, home based care, women groups and other agricultural groups.
        13 groups of 167 members were locally trained in mushroom production and provided with support materials
        for construction of mushroom houses and mushroom spawn seed. The table        below highlights number of
        groups operating in each area and the progress made to date.

        Table 17: Mushroom houses Constructed
         Project       Activities                               Units       Annual                          Beneficiaries

                                                                            Plan      Ach         %
         Kaphuka          # of houses constructed               No          7         6           86        75
         Nsondole         # of houses constructed               No          10        7           70        92
         Total                                                              17        13          76        167


        Outcome/Impact of natural resources program

    o   More than 300,000 trees have been planted in the fields as agro-forestry trees, woodlots and homestead planting for
        timber and firewood.
    o   Introduction of nitrogen fixing tree species which will improve soil fertility.
    o   Introduction of tree seedlings in the area and training of members in nursery establishment and management will
        help to encourage others to participate in the activity.
    o   Soil and water loss will be checked on bare land and gardens planted with vetiva

4.5.0   Public Health

        Public health activities in Malawi are implemented as part of water and sanitation component and HIV/AIDS
        Project. (See section 4.6.0 for HIV/AIDS)

4.5.1   Water and Sanitation

        The objective of the program is to provide access to safe drinking water of acceptable quality for basic needs,
        thereby reducing the incidences of water borne diseases

        Activities




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        The program in the year supported construction of shallow wells to be fitted with malda hand pump by providing
        inputs for construction of shallow wells, and training in community based water point management.

4.5.1.1 Construction of shallow wells

        The 2 projects supported construction of shallow wells in the year. In Msondole project 14 shallow wells have been
        constructed and fitted with hand malda pumps in the project area. 31 shallow wells have been constructed and fitted
        with hand malda pump in Kaphuka project area. These villages were supported with hand malda pumps, cement,
        and wire mesh for construction of the wells and the communities provided burnt bricks, quarry stone, sand and part
        of labour. The shallow wells were also dug by the communities themselves.



        Table 18: Shallow well construction
         Project           Planned     Pumps Fitted       Constructed        Total          %         Ben
                                                          Only               achieved
         Nsondole            24           14              10                 24             100       2348

         Kaphuka             31           31              13                 44             141       6758
         Total               55           45              23                 68             120       9106


4.5.1.2 Rehabilitation of water kiosks
        The project was also involved in the rehabilitation water kiosks that were constructed by the government some
        years back in Nsondole Project. These water points had broken taps, unhygienic surroundings, no fence
        protection. The project took the initiative to recondition the water points. During the year, the project planned
        to fix 6 points. The table below indicates the present status of water kiosk rehabilitation process.

        Table 19: Water kiosks rehabilitation.
         Project           Target          Achieved      %      Ben
                                                                (HH)

         Nsondole            6                 8         133    737




Women from Msondole project enjoying access to tap water from a kiosk.

4.5.1.2 Outcome/Impact of shallow wells

    o   Introduction of easy to use pump which can be maintained by the community on their own .The training in
        maintenance has improved sustainability of the water points in the villages.
    o   The construction of shallow wells and water kiosks in the area has reduced time spent by women to fetch water as it
        has reduced the distances women were walking to collect water and the time can be put to some economic use which
        can be beneficial to the household.
    o   Access to safe water has reduced the water borne diseases.

4.6.0   HIV/AIDS




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        The main goal of mainstreaming HIV/AIDS in all the Programmes of area based is to reduce incidences of HIV and
        improve the quality of life of those affected and infected by HIV/AIDS. And the areas of concentration are
        prevention, mitigation impact, care and support.

        Activities
         The activities implemented in the period were in areas of information, education and campaign, establishment of
        VCT, increasing food security among vulnerable HIV/AIDS affected households, like orphan care centers and home
        based care, support to orphan care centers and home based care centers, model homes, youth program support,
        people living with HIV/AIDS support, capacity building and monitoring the HIV/AIDS programs.

4.6.1   Information education and campaign in gender and HIV/AIDS

        This was done through meetings, trainings, open air discussion, exchange visits, and provision of information and
        education materials within the period. 6000 farmers were sensitized through meetings on issues concerning
        HIV/AIDS. The meetings were discussing how HIV/AIDS spread, how to prevent by analyzing community
        situations faced by the farmers. This was looking at knowledge of the community on HIV/AIDS issues, and
        analyzing its impact on farmers, community behaviors/cultures which increased spread of HIV/AIDS and change of
        those behaviors, and encouraging the community to break the stigma and come open by discussing issues of
        HIV/AIDS. 450 T/shirts were distributed to the community with different messages on prevention of HIV/AIDS.

        Expanded HIV/AIDS Communication

        This has been achieved through:
        (a) Support groups
        (b) Solar radios
        (c) VCT Launching

        The support groups have been able to tell other people on benefits of going for VCT for behavior change. This has
        resulted to more people going for VCT for testing. This has also made other      people who are living far away
        from the group and are HIV positive to mobilise themselves and live with hope for the future

        30 solar radios have been distributed to the support groups in the villages. The idea of giving out the radios was for
        the groups to be listening to the updated information on HIV/AIDS so that they should be able to be
        communicated to the farmers.

4.6.2   Establishment of VCT centers.

        One VCT centre has been opened at Bimbi Health Centre in Nsondole Project against 3 planned and this represents
        33% achievement. This has been in Collaboration with Ministry of Health, Self Help-Malawi trained 1 staff from
        Nsondole project on voluntarily counseling and testing against 4 planned which represent 25% achievement and it
        also provided furniture, dust bins, curtains for the VCT room whilst the government provided the reagents and
        technical support. The delay in establishing the remaining VCT centres is due to the limited number of trained
        councilors. The Government is supposed to train new councilors each and every year but due to limited resources it
        is failing to meet the overwhelming demand.We hope to establish the VCT centres this year after training our own
        councilors.

4.6.3   Models homes




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        95 model households were selected and trained in model home concept for both projects and the household were
        trained in household hygiene, personal hygiene, food hygiene, water hygiene, symptoms of common diseases, and
        prevention, HIV/AIDS transmission and prevention, family planning and its methods, san plat casting for modern pit
        latrine toilets. Action plan was drawn with the trained households so that they can follow the technologies trained
        especially in constructing modern pit latrines toilet and the program supported them with cement for constructing
        toilet slabs. 100 pit latrines and tip taps were constructed in the reporting period.

4.6.4   Support to orphan care centers and home based care centers.

         In Nsondole project the program is supporting 399 male orphan and 450 female orphans. These are being supported
        through orphan care centers and nursery schools. The support range from supporting the groups to construct
        Resource centers by providing them with constructing materials and provision of farm inputs for those groups with
        gardens so that they can produce food to feed the orphans. In the Reporting period 3 resource centres were under
        construction against the planned 7 which represents 42%.

        Home based care are supported with nursing care materials to use for caring the sick, farm inputs and to start
        chicken production as an IGA so that they can generate money for use or sending patience to hospital.

4.6.5   Economic Empowerment

        The following was done on economic empowerment
        Establish a revolving fund for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families, Initiate integrated HIV/AIDS
        agricultural basic community programs for income generation and Food and Nutrition Security

        The farmers were given broiler chickens and farm inputs for winter cropping that would be paid on a revolving
        fund basis .The IGA’s would help them to raise money to buy food hence improving their nutritional status.



HIV/AIDS Orphan Care Group Income Generating Activity -Broiler chicks

        5 groups were supported with IGA’ activities against 9 that represents 55% achievement

4.6.7   Youth programmes

        Youth programmes are done with the objective of making the youth busy wit different activities and not to indulge
        themselves in immoral behaviors. Therefore in the reporting period 109 boys and 87 girls were    trained on life
        skills and how the youth could become aware of the pandemic and prevent themselves from          the disease. A
        football trophy was also established for the youth in Nsondole project.

4.6.8   Family planning

        In an attempt to increase the chances of accessibility to Family planning methods for the communities in Nsondole
        SHDI trained motivators to do a door to door campaign on family planning. During the year 21 Family Planning
        motivators were trained. These motivators have managed to reach 455 Families. Men from most of the approached
        families preferred to use a condom because of its comparative advantage of preventing them from catching sexually
        transmitted diseases. On the other hand most women preferred the injection because it is easy to manage and have
        fewer side effects. The motivators were given bicycles carrying their day to day activities around the villages.




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4.7.0   Adult Education

        The aim of adult education Programme is to increase the literacy and numerical levels of people within the project
        areas.

        Activities

        The 2 projects Kaphuka and Msondole initiated opening of conventional adult literacy classes in their project areas,
        the activities in the year were formation and training adult literacy committee, identification and training of
        instructors, facilitating enrollment of learners, and provision of learning and instructors training materials. In the
        year Kaphuka Project introduced unisex classes and it has been seen that the enrolment for men improved.

4.7.1   Adult literacy classes

        Table below highlights achievement of adult literacy classes formed, committees formed and trained, instructors
        identified and training, enrolment of learners, against planned.

          Table 20: Details of adult literacy classes in both projects.
        Projec Centr Centres %                 AL            AL             %          Instruc   Instruc    %      Learners         Tot
        t         es        achieve            Committe committe                       tors      tors              enrolled         al
                  plann d                      e planned e formed                      planne    achieve           Men      Wome
                  ed                                                                   d         d                          n
        Kaphu 14            14           100 14              14             100        14        14         100    119      173     292
        ka
        Msond 14            12           85    14            12             85         14        12         85     90       464     554
        ole
        Total     28        26           92    28            26             92         28        28         92     209      637     846


4.7.2   Distribution of learning and teaching materials

        The 2 projects supported the classes with assorted learning and teaching materials as planned and below is the list of
        materials supported to the centres for both Projects. The classes have been running very well and the learners will
        be assessed in 2006

        Table 21: Learners materials supplied in all centres
         Area        #    Of Black       Dusters Slates            Lead           Chalk      Chuma     Registers    Note
                     centres boards                                pencil         boxes      ndi                    books
                                                                                             moyo
          Nsondole     15         15         15          375       426            15         375       15           -
          Kaphuka      14              14         14     -                420           14       857        -            700

4.7.3   Monitoring visits/meetings of adult literacy classes

        Adult literacy monitoring visits/meetings were made in the period in collaboration with community development
        officers from ministry of gender and community services. The objective of the visits/meetings were monitoring class
        attendance, monitoring class performance, and teaching methodologies by class instructors.

4.7.4   Outcome of adult literacy program




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    o   As observed during monitoring and supervisory visits, more women are now able to read and write this will enable
        them to maintain good records as they implement their business activities under the Cooperative programme.
4.8.0   Women saving and credit cooperative

        The objective of the program is to promote the socio economic welfare of women and thereby that of their families
        and also to empower women to participate in developmental activities.

        Activities

        Learning from lesson learnt and recommendations made from Chiradzulu project evaluation, the 2 projects
        underwent a study of micro- finance projects to facilitate good coordination of women, savings and credit scheme,
        and as an outcome of the study the 2 projects facilitated formation of women producer cooperative but supported
        with credit and saving component.

4.8.1   Cooperative development and membership

        In Kaphuka Project there are 2 women cooperatives Linthipe and Nkhuta. Currently, Linthipe has membership of
        329 and Nkhuta 250 while in Nsondole project 1 women cooperative of 264 members. The 309 new women
        cooperative members in Kaphuka Project were trained in cooperative development and business management.
        Nkhuta Cooperative in Kaphuka Project has constructed an office in the year.

4.8.2   Annual General Meeting and Auditing

        All the three Cooperatives conducted annual general meetings for the year 2005. During the meeting the audit report
        was presented to members. Issues raised in the reports were discussed. New office bearers were elected during the
        meeting in all the cooperatives. In Nsondole Project the following things were recommended:-


                    It was agreed that financial statements for the cooperative shall be prepared each financial year.
                    A bookkeeper should be employed to handle the cash book. All cooperative money to be kept by
                     treasurer and banked within 48 hours. The cooperative advisor shall not handle any cash for the
                     cooperative.
                    The cooperative members agreed to produce financial report and maintain a file on financial and
                     statistical reports as recommended.
                    To design receipts for the maize mill and issue to customers for accounting and transparency purpose.
                    The members agreed to hold meeting every month and the secretary to take minutes every meeting.

                 In Kaphuka Project the members recommended the following things:-

                     They discussed ways of making themselves sustainable when Self Help Development leaves the
                     Project area. Agreed to foster unity among themselves, leadership be transparent and develop their
                     vision which should be a driving force in the developmental activities.
                    The members agreed that they allow a minimum of one share per member and maximum of twenty
                     shares. This was done to avoid some members to become very powerful and control the cooperatives.
                     All members should channel their produce to cooperative that has the responsibility of finding markets
                     and bargain prices.
                    The vision of the cooperative is that all its individual members should have an iron sheet roofed house
                     and at least a bicycle.
                    As an entity, members agreed that they make sure that all rules and regulations are strictly adhered to.
                     The disciplinary committee has the powers to discipline any member who violates any one of




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                     regulations and appropriate disciplinary measures are usually meted out in such cases irrespective of
                     the individual’s position in the society.

        Table 22: Women cooperative membership, share contribution, loan from SHDI
         Project    Name of coop.     Members                 Trained              Share                     Loan   form
                                      Plan     Ach. %         Plan Ach       %     contribution              SHDI (MK)
                                                                                   (MK)
         Msondole Msondole coop       376      264     70     376     264    70    264000                    2300000.00
         Kaphuka Nkhuta coop.         250      250     100 250        250    100   125000                    1132750.00
                    Lithipe coop.     329      329     100 329        329    100   164000                    1553800.00
         Total                        955      843     90     955     843    90    553000                    4986550.00

        The members continue doing businesses ranging from fish farming, goats selling, rice selling, maize selling,
        groceries, and selling of second hand clothes. The members have already stated paying back the loan and some have
        finished second loan and collected third loan. See the table 23a, 23b and23c.

        Table 23 a: Loan repayment status for Nkhuta cooperative
         Loan         No members     No clubs      Loan (MK)             Repaid         %                 Balance (MK)
         Rank                                                            (Mk)           Repayment
         1st          119            12            1460083               1448183        99                11900

         2nd          40                7              390000            191050         49                198950

                      60                7              990000            1653000        17                824700
         3rd
         4th          78                19             975000            0              0                 975000



Table 23 b; Loan repayment status for Linthipe cooperative
 Loan Rank           No Members       No clubs      Loan (MK)           Repaid (MK)         %               Balance (MK)
                                                                                            Repayment
 1st                  161               14                              1907300                             21200
                                                       1928500                              99
                      135               14             212500           650000              31              1475000
 2nd
                      22                11             518750           134900              26              383850
 3rd
 4th                  16                16             1137500          0                   0               1137500



Table23 c: Loan repayment status for Nsondole cooperative
                                                                        Repaid (MK)
 Loan Rank            No             No Clubs          Loan (MK)                            %               Balance
                      members                                                               Repayment
 1st                  219            19                2638800          2090100             80              548700




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 2nd                      127             16                 2124000         519200            24                1604800

                          2               2                  114000          2000              2                 112000
 3rd


4.8.3 Maize mill investment

In Nsondole Project Cooperative bought a maize mill with a loan from SHDI amounting to MK242820.76. The cooperative
has repaid MK100000.00 and there is a balance of MK142820.76.To date the cooperative has managed to get revenue
amounting to MK195739.50 which has been plough into the coop account to increase the capital base.



Maize mill for Nsondole Producers and Marketing Cooperative Society Limited

Impact of saving and credit cooperative

       o   The women acquired skills and knowledge to run businesses which will help them to run successful businesses and
           get profit at the end.
       o   Increased household income from profits they get after sales. This money is used to buy essential needs at home.
       o   The families also benefited by using the money for farming activities like buying fertilizer and tilling larger rice
           fields which are expected to yield more rice.
       o   Group cohesion in terms of women cooperative members has increased and this has made them to work together and
           help one another in times of need.
       o   Some of the businesses are being done with the help from husbands and this means that men are also benefiting
           from the cooperatives. In future husbands will be included in the business training and implementation.

4.9.0      Local Capacity Building

           The objective of the local capacity building Programme is to strengthen the capacity of local institutions,
           beneficiaries and staff for sustainability of the project to effectively implement the project activities and own the
           project.

4.9.1      Farmer training carried out.

      Table 24: Farming Training
 Component/Area of training                            Farmers trained                                    %
                                                       Plan        Male             Female      Total     achieved
 Livestock management                                  98          60               38          98        100
 Tree nursery/woodlot management                       140             92           53          145       103
 Horticulture crops training                           180             90           68          158       88
 Irrigation plot layout                                332             158          107         265       80
 Manure making                                         1067            689          444         1133      106
 Horticulture tours                                    21              13           9           22        104
 Business management training                          309             0            309         309       100
 Fruit tree budding /grafting                          15              12           8           20        133




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 Adult literacy committee training                    36            57              76          133      369
 Adult literacy instructor training                   36            21              13          34       94

 Leadership roles and responsibilities                70            28              7           35       50

          * Trained 35 committees

4.9.2     Outcome/Impact of local capacity building

      o   Due to different types of trainings offered the beneficiaries are taking the responsibility of all activities in the
          project. They are able to plan, through area development committee’s, implement, and do monitoring of activities.
          Committees are able to perform there duties and there are a lot of interactions among the different groups he project.
      o   It is expected that knowledge and skills that farmers have gained will enhance management of crops and livestock.
          Leadership skills acquired will lead to sustainability of Project activities.

5.0 Capacity Building Programmes

          This is not on the Malawi Programme

6.0 Organisational Development

6.1       Organisational Development

          During the year 2005, the development of the organization has focused on the preparation of the Country Strategic 5
          year plan for 2006 – 2010. Other development aspects included the Mid Term Evaluation which was done in May
          by Mr. Chris Wardle, staff recruitment to fill vacant and new positions and implementation of the Baseline Survey
          in preparation for the start of the new Area Based Programmes in Balaka and Lilongwe districts. The Salary
          Benchmarking Exercise was carried out in December 2005 in order to review the current staff salaries. The staff
          salaries have been revised and plans have been put in place to revise salaries every year in line with inflation.

6.1.1     Mid Term Evaluation

          The mid term evaluation was carried out in June 2005 on the two Area Based Programmes namely Nsondole and
          Kaphuka as well as the HIV/AIDS mainstreaming project. The evaluation was carried out by an external consultant
          Mr. Chris Wardle and a local consultant Mr. Sam Botha. The final report of the evaluation showed that there has
          been improved progress since the previous evaluation three years ago. In the named projects much great attention
          has been put to project preparation, planning and implementation of activities between Self Help staff and the
          beneficiaries. Self Help is also actively involved in the mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS and Gender in its programmes.
          Both Nsondole and Kaphuka Area Based Programmes are performing well. They are well on the way to meeting
          project targets in most of the activities in each programme. The projects have generated a wide range of benefits to
          a large number of people across both project areas. i.e.: there has been increased crop yield and diversification of
          crops through the introduction of improved varieties. As a result, the project beneficiaries in Self Help areas are
          much more food secure compared to their colleagues in the non project areas.

          Further more, there has been improved health and reduced incidences of water borne diseases in the areas where Self
          Help is operating and communities have constructed protected shallow wells which are a source of safe drinking
          water. The other impact has been the increase of house hold income levels by poor people who have taken part in
          the Savings and Cooperative Society introduced by Self Help. The villagers are carrying out small business thereby
          increasing income on a daily basis. The income generated has been used to meet their daily requirements as well as
          paying school fees for their children and in some cases construction of new and improved houses. All these




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         achievements and performance have been taken on board in order to strengthen and expand the country programme
         further during the next 5 years 2006 – 2010.

 6.1.2   Country Strategic Plan

         Development of the Malawi Strategic plan has benefited from a series of international meetings and workshops that
         were held in Addis in April 2004, Dublin in September 2004 and finally in Blantyre Malawi in September 2005.
         The new 5 year strategic plan aims at establishing social, economic sustainable rural communities in Malawi. This
         will be achieved through the overall organizational of improving food security and house hold incomes, also to
         basic social services and promotion of sound utilization of natural resources. The overall programme of Self Help
         Malawi is directed towards making a significant programme to the creation of sustainable rural communities in the
         country. The strategic plan includes 4 Area Based Programmes and 3 Capacity Programmes. Two of the Area
         Based Programmes will start in 2006 and the other 2 will start in 2007. Area Based Programmes will implement
         activities covering food security and house hold income, health and sanitation, education and adult literacy,
         involvement of natural resources programme and local capacity building. The institutional; capacity programmes
         will implement 3 components namely; - Crop Development on the programme and Information & Communication
         Technology (ICT). The strategic plan will also implement HIV/AIDS and Gender mainstreaming as a cross cutting
         issue. The 5 year plan is expected to cost a total of €6.5 Million over the 5 year period.

  6.1.3 Staff Recruitment

         During the year under review, SHDI Malawi recruited a total of 4 Agriculture Development Officers and 2
         Cooperative Book keepers. In addition Self Help recruited a Planning and Communication Officer who is based at
         the Head office in Blantyre. Also the Organisation recruited a Gender and Credit Officer in order to strengthen the
         mainstreaming of gender activities in the country programmes. More staff shall be recruited at the start of 2006 as
         part of the implementation of the new Area Based Programmes under the new 5 year strategic plan.

 6.1.4   Baseline Survey

         Baseline surveys were initiated in December 2005 in order to correct information in the new Area Based Programme
         areas covering social, economic, environmental and geographical aspects of the rural communities. The information
         collected will promote the baseline status and contents of the people in the selected areas and shall also underline the
         challenges being faced. Two baseline surveys have since been conducted in TA Kalembo Balaka and TA
         Masumbankhunda in Lilongwe. The reports of the baseline surveys will be completed by mid February 2006.

 6.1.5   Salary Benchmarking Exercise

         Following discussions held between the Chief Executive Officer Ms Hilary MacDonagh and the Country Director
         Mr. E D Misomali in September 2005, it was agreed to conduct a bench marking exercise in order to develop a more
         competitive salary structure for SHDI Malawi. This followed staff complaints and a high staff turnover due to the
         relatively low staff salaries and poor conditions of service compared to other international Non Governmental
         Organisations operating in the country. An external consultant was recruited for this purpose. The recommendations
         of the consultant have been approved and a new salary structure for Self Help Malawi has been effective starting
         from January 2006.

6.2      Staff Development

         As mentioned above, vacant positions have been filled as new recruitments were carried out during the year over
         review.




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A total of 6 staff members have been recruited as follows:-
      2 Agriculture Development Officer
      1 Planning and Communication Officer
      1 Gender and Communication Officer
      2 Extension Facilitator in addition a replacement HIV/AIDS Coordinator has also been recruitment for
          Kaphuka Project where the former HIV/AIDS Coordinator resigned.
      Similarly a new Project Manager has been appointed in place of the former Project Manager for Nsondole
          Project who also resigned. Almost all vacancies are now filled and the programme will start the year 2006
          with a strong team and expects improved performance and delivery of project services.

In the year 2005 staff training programme has continued. A number of courses were conducted both internally and
externally in order to improve staff skills and competence in various areas of operation. The following courses were
conducted:-

        4 Senior Officers attended an impact assessment course in Kenya which was organized by head quarters
         in Ireland
        2 Accounts Personnel attended a training course on SAM accounting package software also in Kenya
         and the course was similarly organized by the head quarters in Ireland
        All 14 Extension Facilitators attended a course on training for transformation at the Natural Resources
         College in Malawi for a total of 2 weeks
        2 Project Managers, 2 Development Officers and 1 HIV/AIDS Coordinator attended a two week project
         planning and appraisal course at Malawi Institute of Management
        The 2 Accounts Personnel, the Accountant and 1 Accounts Assistant have continued with their Diploma
         course in Accounting at Malawi College of Accountancy and wrote their exams in December 2005
        The Personal Assistant has also continued with her training in Business Administration and she too wrote
         her Diploma exam in December 2005. In addition, the Personal Assistant underwent Management Skills
         for Executive Assistants and Senior Secretaries at Malawi Institute of Management.

Many staff have therefore during the course of the year benefited from increased staff training and staff development
opportunities within Self Help country programme in Malawi. In the New Year 2006, staff development will
continue particularly for the newly appointed staff members that require undergoing skills training in areas of their
responsibility.

Table 25: Staff Training Courses Implemented




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March                     Impact               Nairobi Kenya             2    Project     Managers,
                          assessment                                     HIV/AIDS Coordinator and
                                                                         Country Director


March                 SAM      Accounting      Nairobi Kenya             Administrative Officer and
                      software   Training                                Accounts         assistant-
                      Workshop                                           Nsondole


July                  Training           for
                      transformation and       Natural Resources          14 Extension Facilitators
                      Participatory tools,     College
                      skills and techniques


October               Project Planning And     Malawi Institute of       2 Project Managers,     2
                      Appraisal                Management                Agriculture   Development
                                                                         officers and one HIV/AIDS
                                                                         Coordinator


October 2005          Management skills        Malawi Institute of       Personal Assistant
                      for         Executive    Management
                      Assistant          &
                      Secretaries


November              Food Processing and      Ministry of Agriculture   Senior            Extension
2005                  Nutrition                task force                Facilitator, Kaphuka




The trainings conducted have so far had a positive impact on staff performance and motivation and project results. All cadres
of staff from the Extension workers to senior management have received some form of training which has proved very
effective and led to increased performance.

Staff training will continue in 2006 to address other critical areas such as specialized technical knowledge of the Extension
workers and report writing and impact assessment      skills of Development Officers and Project Managers.

7.0    CROSS CUTTING ISSUES

7.1 Natural Resources Management

The objective of natural resources management component is to promote the sustainable use of natural resources primarily
for agricultural purposes through the national use of resources so as to increase productivity per unit area.




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Table 26: Tree seedling production

 Project          No.       of    Targeted            Achieved            %      No. of Beneficiaries
                  Nurseries       seedlings           production
                                  production
                                                                                 Men        Women         Total
 Nsondole         19              150000              109391              72     599        257           856
 Kaphuka          21              315000              315000              100    9294       7294          16588

 Total            40              465000              424391              86     9893       7551          17444


In all these nurseries there are Village Natural Resources Management Committees (VNRMC) who are responsible
for supervision and management of the nurseries. These nurseries were supported with seeds, watering cans,
panga knifes, wheel barrows,          rakes and shovels. The varieties of tree seedlings that these nurseries raised
are khaya anthrotheca (mbawa) Eucalypts (blue gum), afzelia quanzensis(mngongomwa),senna siamea (keysha)
and faiderbia albida.

These trees were planted in homestead, graveyards, community woodlots, in gardens as well as schools and some
are sold to individuals in other villages that were unable to raise their own seedlings.

In Nsondole Project, 145 VNRMC members were trained on nursery establishment and management out these
members 92 were men and 53 were women.

7.2 Manure Making

Due to increase in price of fertilizers, most farmers cannot afford to buy fertilisers. Therefore, most farmers are
encouraged to make and apply compost manure or supplement inorganic fertilizers with compost manure. In
Nsondole and Kaphuka 1769 compost manure pits were made by farmers and was applied to 69.7 hectares during
the season.

7.3 Apiculture

 Some of the farmers started harvesting during the year. The average yield per hive was 5kgs. The table below
shows bee hives distributed and accessories.

           Table 27: Distribution of bee hives and Accessories

            Project              Bee Hives       Beneficiaries
                                                 M            F
            Kaphuka              33              25           15


Impact of Natural Resources Management Programme

(a)        Agro-Forestry

Most farmers are realizing the importance of interplanting trees with crops. Those who planted faiderbia albida
which is nitrogen fixing tree the other crops grown under it their yields are higher than those which were applied
fertilizer. Since source of energy in the villages is trees, therefore most of families have source of firewood from




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      the trees that have been planted in their homestead and village woodlots. Most women do     not travel long
      distances to look for firewood. Therefore, time is saved for other household activities. Those planted trees are
      checking water and soil loss on bare land.

      (b)     Apiculture

              More and more people are realising income from sales of honey. Kumaano village raised MK6200.00 from
              honey which was used to pay school fees, buy fertilizers and other household necessities. It is hoped that
              this will become a big business in the next two years when more and more people are trained in bee
              keeping.

      (c)     Compost Manure Making

              Farmers in Malawi are being encouraged to use compost manure because organic nitrogen fertilizers are
              very expensive most of the farmers cannot afford them and also due to the erratic climatic weather
              conditions farmers are mostly encouraged to use compost because it returns water in the soil. The crop
              stand in most of fields that applied manure or manure mixed with organic fertilizers the crop was good
              compared to those who applied fertilizers only. This continues to be a learning experience to farmers and
              most of them are committed to make more manure this coming season.

      7.3     Gender

      The women development programme aims at promoting the socio-economic welfare of women and thereby
      that of their families by helping them develop their skills and knowledge, reducing their workload    through
      promotion of labor and time saving technologies and income generating activities by increasing their role and
      involvement.

      In order to mainstream gender issues into programme activities and to promote involvement and empowerment of
      women alongside men, the programme has continued to incorporate        gender in all project cycle elements. The
      target remains to ensure that at least 30% women participation, in formation, implementation, monitoring and
      decision making process.

      During the period under review there has been a deliberate involvement of women resulting to a remarkable increase
      in the participation of women in project activities.
      Traditionally, growing of cash crops such as tobacco, sugar cane, coffee and tea horticultural crops is
      considered as a domain of the men folk, while growing of food crops such as maize, ground nuts and beans is
      regarded as responsibility of women. In order to diffuse this stigmatization, the programme deliberately
      encouraged women to grow cash crops such as cabbages, onions and tomatoes as horticulture crops using
      irrigation systems supported by the project.

      With income from the sales of horticulture crops, the women have been economically empowered and are able to
      support themselves and supplement household income.

      With support from natural resources activities, such as raising tree seedlings women have been assisted by not
      traveling long distances to fetch firewood. The varieties of   trees that project is promoting is very fast growing
      and for the last two years they have already started showing impact on availability of firewood for cooking in the
      households. Men are also assisted because they are not traveling long distances to look for construction poles.

7.4   HIV/AIDS




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      The objective of HIV/AIDS programme is to mainstream HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support into the on going
      project activities by strengthening institutional capacity and coordination to respond to HIV/AIDS epidemic at all
      levels; household community, schools and work place.

      Malawi HIV/AIDS programme started in January 2004. In 2005 the Projects continued with the activities that were
      proposed some of which were:

                      To increase food security among the vulnerable HIV/AIDS affected households (orphan care centers
                       and home based care centers)
                      Establishment of Voluntary Counseling and Testing Centers (VCTs) three in Nsondole Project and
                       three in Kaphuka Project.
                      Support to orphan care center
                      Support to home based care groups
                      Family planning
                      Model homes
                      A youth programmes
                      People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)

               Activities that have been done are:-

                   Establishment revolving fund for people living with HIV/AIDS

                   95 Households model home training in knowledge and skills for the model homes (health, hygiene
                    and sanitation at household level)
                   Motivation and training in family planning. The importance of family planning to their families and
                    the country as a whole and methods of family planning
                   Training youth in different life skills so as to empower the youth on HIV/AIDS issues and
                    prevention
                   Support of people living with HIV/AIDS: -
                      - Seeds and fertilizers for maize growing
                      - 100 chickens as income generating activity
                      - Nursing materials such as gloves, aprons, carrier bags, GV paint, pain killers, ORS, cotton wool
                        and skin lotions.
                      - Support Home based care groups with Horticulture inputs for winter cropping

                   3 Resource centers under construction.

8.0   Lessons Learnt


(a)   Crop production


      The project areas and the whole country experienced extremely low rainfall during the critical period of the rain
      season (i.e. the month of February). Maize crop was at milking stage. This was also around the time when the farmers’
       were establishing sweet potato and cassava nurseries. Rice, the most reliable food/cash crop was drastically        affected
      since the crop requires large quantities of water to do well. This has resulted in a significant reduction in yields for    all
      the crops as compared to the previous two years. This has affected APIP loan recovery plus seed recovery. As a result of
      the drought as many as 4.7 million people in Malawi face food shortage. The recurrent droughts have underlined the
      need for growing early maturing and drought resistant crops, the need for farmers to diversify food crops and not to rely




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          only on maize and also the need for Government and Non-Governmental Organisations to adopt and implement long-
          tem plans in order to ensure sustainable food security in the country.

          Floods

          The lower regions of the Nsondole project area experienced instant heavy rains that resulted into floods. Gardens and
          homes were washed away in the process. At least 39 farm families were affected. These households did not harvest
          anything. As a lesson farmers have been asked not to grow crops in the valleys and flood prone areas but to move up-
          land.

(b)       Livestock program

          The projects continued to experience high death rate of guinea fowls and black Austrolop chickens due to diseases.
          Hence, the projects are emphasizing on establishment of drug revolving fund and training farmers to administer
          drugs to birds.

(c)       Women cooperative program

          Most of the businesses are being done with the help of husbands and this means that husbands as well should be
          trained on business management. The program needs to lobby on ways of establishing a mixed cooperative for both
          men and women.

9.0       Case Studies

          The following examples of human stories are intended to demonstrate how the rural people are benefiting from the
          Area Based Programmes in Malawi:

9.1       Kapenda shallow well.

          Kapenda village is in Nsondole project. The village has 458 households in total. The village has been having an acute
          problem of sourcing potable water. Cases of diarrhoea and cholera were always high especially during the rainy season.
          The only source of water was an unprotected shallow well which situated 2.5 km away from the village.




          The old unprotected shallow well for Kapenda village.
          Considering the problem of water shortage, community from Kapenda village with assistance from Self Help and Min.
          of Health, elected a village health committee to oversee the construction of a protected shallow well and ensure good
          sanitation in         the village. The committee under went some training in shallow well construction and malda pump
          maintenance and hygiene with financial and supervisory support from SHDI, technical support from the Min of Health
          plus Dept of Ground Water. Soon afterwards the community mobilised locally available resources such as bricks and
          sand for the construction work. Self Help provided cement, the hand pump (malda pump) and payment for the skilled
          labour.

          Currently the shallow well is completed and the community is now drawing clean and safe water close to their homes.
          Cases of water borne diseases have since reduced drastically. Time and resources spent on caring for diarrhoea patients
          have been considerably reduced.


The new shallow well in Kapenda village has drastically reduced water borne diseases




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9.2      Chamadenga Cassava Nursery in Kaphuka Project


Mr Bizeki Kadwala,inspecting his cassava Nursery

As a way of ensuring availability of clean seed, such as cassava, to farmers within the Kaphuka Project, seed multiplication
program was instituted within which the seed is distributed to identified farmers for the purpose of multiplying so that it
becomes available to as many farmers as possible in the subsequent seasons. It is apparent, from this interview with Bizeki
Kadwala, that the program is steadily bearing its intended fruits. Bizeki Kadwala is a 49-year old cassava seed multiplier. He
is married with six children.

“Due to lack of cassava seed in this area despite many farmers wanting to grow the crop, I consulted the Self Help Extension
Worker for the area for assistance. He advised me to prepare a piece of land where I can be multiplying the cassava seed so
that fellow farmers in the area can also benefit. In 2003 I prepared a 3-acre land and planted cassava on it with seed from
Self Help.

 In 2004 and 2005 I managed to realise K20, 000 and K43, 200 respectively from sales of cassava tubers and cuttings as seed
to other farmers. I used the money to pay school fees for my form 3 child, buy fertilizers for maize production and also to pay
casual workers in my fields. My immediate plan is to increase hectarage for the production of cassava seed since it has dual
benefit of selling the tubers for food and cuttings as seed. I strongly advise other farmers to start growing cassava because
one is always sure of a harvest even under inadequate rainfall situation. I am very thankful to SHDI-Malawi for starting this
helpful program”




9.3      Adult Education



Daniel Master and his wife coming from adult literacy class

A lot of men, who do not know how to read and write, shy away from adult education for reasons best known to themselves,
unlike women who attend such classes in relatively large numbers. However, some men do attend the classes and are
benefiting as evidenced in this interview (case study) with a learner, Daniel Master at Kalira adult literacy school, in the
picture above with his wife

Daniel is a 33-year old man and is married with five children. In this interview, captured on 4 th February, 2006, Daniel
narrates as to why he had to register for adult literacy and the benefits that he has started enjoying.

“Knowing that I had problems in counting my own money and that I was unable to read and write, I registered at Kalira
adult literacy school in June 2005. In our class there are 29 women and only 3 men. At first we men had to withstand a lot of
ridicule from fellow men for registering and attending classes. Knowing what I wanted, I had to persevere. As a result of my
perseverance and steady class attendance, I am now able to make additions and subtractions of figures, read and write. Even
more importantly, I am now able to read the bible and therefore preach to fellow Christians, comfortably. As a result of my
acquired ability to read and write, other men in my village have started registering and will start classes once the school re-




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opens in March, 2006 since we are currently on holiday. My vision is to continue learning until I am able to read and write
English language. Finally, I advise fellow men who do not know how to read and write to register and start attending classes
so that they can, just like me, acquire reading and writing skills.”

10.0    Special/Exceptional Circumstances

10.1    Political
        In 2005 Government subsidized agricultural inputs. As a result some farmers did not pay back their APIP loans
        because they bought cheap fertilizers. The fertiliser subsidy has however helped many farmers to apply fertilizer to
        their crops this year and the crop yields are, as a result, expected to be very high.

10.2    Weather

        During last agriculture season, the country experienced drought especially in the month of February, which affected
        crop production and natural resources management Programmes. Establishment of sweet potato which is normally
        done in January/February was also affected. The most affected crops have been rice in Msondole area. In both
        Msondole and Kaphuka areas, maize production has not been affected much especially of those farmers that planted
        early and whose maize had already tussled and had started cob production by the time the drought occurred. In any
        case crop harvests were very low and this led to food shortage in many parts of this country including our project
        areas.

11.0             Mid- Term Evaluation

        Malawi had a mid term evaluation in April in the year 2005 for the two Area Based Programmes. The evaluation
        was done by Chris Wardle a consultant from United Kingdom and a Malawian Counterpart Sam Botha from Natural
        Resources College. As reported above the findings were largely positive and these have been used in the formulation
        of the new 5 year country strategic plan, 2006-2010


12.0    Special Reports/Researches/Studies

12.1    Strategic Planning Workshop, Blantyre, Malawi

        Dates: 1 -2 September 2005

        Malawi hosted the Strategic planning Workshop for SHDI from 1 to 2 September 2005. The workshop was
        organized by SHDI HQ and attended by the Board Chairman, Dr Noel Mcdonagh, some Board members, HQ senior
        staff, the Africa Director, Dr Awole Mela and the Country Directors and Planning Officers from all the Self Help
        Countries.

        The purpose of the Workshop was to finalise the strategic plans (2006-2010) and consider the implications of the
        finalized plans for individual countries and the Organization as a whole. The discussions at the workshop were
        therefore centred on the presentations by the HQ staff and the Country Directors on the SHDI Cooperate plan and
        Country plans, respectively.
        The Chairman, Dr Mcdonagh, observed that all plans share a common affirmation and endorsement of the vision,
        mission, goals and central strategies of Self Help which are appropriate at both corporate and Country level.

        Following the workshop, all countries produced drafts of their strategic plans and submitted to HQ for
        approval. Implementation of the new five year strategic plans is due to commence in 2006.




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12.2       Country Visit to Malawi by Staff from SHDI- Kenya and SHDI -Uganda

           Immediately after the strategic planning workshop ended, from 4 th to 13th September 2005, Malawi also played host
           to 12 staff members from SHDI-Kenya and SHDI-Uganda. The purpose of the visit was mainly field based to give
           an opportunity to the visiting staff to learn from Malawi experiences on programme implementation and to enhance
           exchange of ideas on how best to implement SHDI Projects in order to achieve set goals and objectives.

           The team of staff from Kenya and Uganda visited the two Area Based Programmes in Kaphuka Dedza and Nsondole
           in Zomba. They saw numerous activities including crop production, Livestock Production, Fuel saving stoves and
           food production, Portable water, HIV/AIDS, Cooperatives Development, Natural Resources Management, Women
           Programme activities, Horticulture and Irrigation Programme and Bee Keeping. At the end of the two week stay in
           Malawi, they were very happy with what they saw and did produce a visit report upon return to their countries. In
           their Malawi Country trip report dated October 2005, they observed, among other things that:
            The people of Malawi appreciate their level of vulnerability and are working tirelessly to improve their
                livelihoods through various ways.
            The integrated approach used to implement projects is bringing about positive results and ensures prospects for
                sustainability.
            There is close working partnership between SHDI- Malawi and its Government partners especially the Ministry
                of Agriculture Food Security, and the rural communities who are the programme      beneficiaries.
            The provision of portable water within Villages has reduced drudgery and improved sanitation.
           The report also presented a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) Analysis of the Malawi
           programme. The SWOT provided an external review and useful observations        which will contribute to further
           development and strengthening of the Malawi programme.

       12.3 Irish Trek Visit

           SHDI-Ireland organized a two week trek to Malawi from 3 to 14th November, 2005 that comprised of 55 people. The
           Irish trekkers visited the project areas and saw for themselves the activities being implemented in the field. They
           were impressed with the impact being realized against many challenges facing the rural communities in Malawi,
           notably high poverty levels, food shortage and diseases such as HIV/AIDS. They all agreed that more needs to be
           done in order to improve food security and the general living standards of the people living in rural areas.

13 The Future

       The future of SHDI-Malawi country programme will focus on the implementation of the new 5 year country strategic
       plan for 2006-2010.Implementation of the strategic plan will lead to programme expansion to new areas and introduction
       of some innovative activities designed to promote and ensure sustainable food security and improve people’s livelihoods
       especially of rural   communities.




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