Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa and a major recipient of international aid.
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in Africa and a major recipient of international aid. An official of the World Bank, Mr. Y.S. Abdulai, says Malawi is putting that aid to such good use that other developing countries in the continent should emulate her. Malawi receives financial assistance from several countries as well as international bodies like the World Bank. The Commonwealth Development Corporation alone has invested a total of GBP20 million sterling. The money is being used to finance various development projects up and down the country.
SYNOPSIS: Building new villages like this one is only part of the continuing development activities Malawi has undertaken in an effort to improve the plight of the poor.
The village has all the facilities that a rural people need to thrive-from cattle pens and storage room for fodder to new wells complete with water wheels.
To encourage dairy products, farmers receive, at no cost to themselves, two cows each. They are also given training in dairy farming.
Malawi has made remarkable progress since becoming independent from Britain in 1964, and has achieved significant increases in agricultural production to boost her exports.
Thanks to fertile land and good crops, many farmers are already showing signs of prosperity.
Tea is a major cash crop. This is a tea plantation, started with help received from the Commonwealth Development Corporation.
The plantation has been divided into plots which are given to smallholders.
Some 30,000 farmers have benefitted under the scheme after switching from traditional farming to tea production. They have been given interest-free loans, payable over five years, among other incentives.
Although landlocked, Malawi has abundant supplies of water. This sawmill is part of a fisheries school, established with aid received under the United Nations Development Programme. Here, locals learn how to build fishing boats, make fishing nets and learn the skills needed to become successful fishermen.
The government says that Malawi's economic survival could be assured only if she increased exports to earn valuable foreign exchange needed for development. Agriculture is playing its part-it accounts for over 90 per cent of Malawi's exports.