Chancellor College Community Radio Station is expected to start broadcasting by June 1 2013.
The radio station, situated at the foot of Zomba Mountain, comes as part of the Lake Chilwa Basin Climate Change Adaptation Programme (LCBCCAP), being funded by the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
It is being coordinated by the Leadership for Environment and Development (Lead) of Chancellor College, World Fish and the Department of Forestry.
The radio started testing its signal last week to gauge the radius of its listenership for the 100-kilometre mast.
In an interview on Monday, Lead director of programmes Professor Sosten Chiotha, said the radio station has been set up to build the resilience of communities in the wake of climate change and climate variability along the Lake Chilwa Basin districts of Zomba, Machinga and Phalombe.
Said Chiotha: “We thought that there should be a radio station that addresses such issues in a detailed way, thus from identifying the challenges and its solutions in terms of climate adaptation.
“So, this will give the communities an opportunity to be heard and also to hear from the experts of climate change. There will be programmes to do with conservation of the environment, modern methods of agriculture, and issues of floods as well as drought, among others.”
The project will cost K40 million (about $100 000).