Councillors in Nkhata Bay have expressed satisfaction with a decentralised initiative which is increasing awareness and adoption of community-led adaptations to effects of climate change in the district.
Nkhata Bay District Council chairperson Beauty Banda on Thursday toured some of the communities keeping chickens and pigs through strengthened decentralised and national development plans projects in the areas of chiefs Malanda and Kabunduli.
The five-year initiative, funded by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), strives to integrate adaptation principles into village action plans, sectoral plans and district development plan.
“As a council, we are happy with the activities carried out in the Adapt Plan project. The good thing is that in all the interventions, women are in the forefront implementing these activities and they are economically empowered,” Banda explained.
She thanked the beneficiaries for taking good care of chickens and pigs to bolster their food security, incomes and resilience to climate change.
Tikoleskane Piggery member Samson Nyirenda applauded the project, saying: “We were given three pigs by the district council, but we expect to start reaping the fruits this year.”
At Kaligomba Poultry, treasurer Evans Mzilahowa said they use chicken droppings as manure in their maize fields.
The project is being implemented in Nkhata Bay, Ntcheu and Zomba. n