With financial and technical support from Malawi Lake Basin Programme (MLBP) the communities have ventured into rice production as well as natural tree regeneration programmes.
The locals have managed to plant 1.5 hectares of Rice on a wetland that has been idle for years besides regenerating the other 1.5 hectares of forest land in less than four years.
According to one of the lead farmers of Chikondano cluster, Malefula Kulele the interventions by MLBP has changed their mindset in taking care of the environment as well as building the communities resilient to climate change.
"This place has been dormant for years but at the moment we have more than 4,000 natural and 600 exotic trees that are beneficial to the community. We are very much thankful to MLBP for equipping us with such skills on how to manage indigenous forest lands mostly by instituting natural regeneration mechanism," said Kulele.
Falling in line with the Malawi forest policy of 2016, which advocates for women empowerment in contemporary fields, women in the area have been empowered by taking leading roles in the implementation of the climate change adaptation programmes.
Christina Mkwinda a committee member of Mawale Rice growing scheme says they are expecting to harvest about 50 bags of Kilombero rice.
This according to her is a seed that will be multiplied for more farmers to access in the area Malawi Lake Basin consortium which consists of Farmers Union Of Malawi, (FUM), We Effect, Vi Agroforestry, Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Cooperation , (MUSCCO) and National Smallholder Farmers Association of Malawi (NASFAM) is implementing the programme with funding from the Norwegian government aimed at reducing poverty and vulnerability that comes due to climate change in Salima and Mangochi districts.