March ’17 Deep dive into Malawi

This month and into April is entirely dedicated to Malawi. I’m on a non-stop month-long review for the two flagship Food For Peace programs in Malawi, both of which span five years and together cover five districts in the densely-populated, hard-hit south. Each day holds a quiet revelation, about the dedicated but strapped organizations running these development programs, about the nature of the Malawian government’s support for agriculture, community development, and health, or about the needs and motivations of the village residents and leaders. Deep questions keep arising. Does one prioritize and focus or attempt to reach all? How do you support the frontline gov’t staff when the central gov’t doesn’t? How can an impoverished, agriculturally-dependent society transform itself when also faced with continual droughts, floods, and all the impacts of a changing climate?

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