3 May, 2019

CABMACC Programme Advisory Committee Chair handing over the facility to the community
The Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) through the Capacity Building for Managing Climate Change (CABMACC) programme in Malawi, on Friday 3rd May 2019 handed over a solar powered water point and a renovated information resource centre at Bolero Extension Planning Area (EPA) in Rumphi.

In his remarks, The CABMACC Programme Advisory Committee Chair, who is also the Chief Director in the Ministry of Natural resources, Energy and Mining, Mr Bright Kumwembe who was the guest of honour, hailed LUANAR for the initiative saying the water point will bail out the community from problems of water scarcity which is severe during periods of drought.

“When LUANAR researchers came to this area, it was realized that water was the main challenge. Therefore CABMACC with support from the Norwegian government decided to put an investment so that water could be brought to this area for the animals and in the process people have been assisted as well,” said Mr Kumwembe.

He said it is believed that the water point will increase productivity of the animals in terms milk production and overall productivity and also improve the well-being of the people in the area due to access to clean water.

One of the beneficiaries, Mr. Hamisi Msowoya, who is also the Chairperson for Chirambo Livestock Club commended CABMACC for this big investment saying previously they had water problems in the area and this affected productivity of the animals.

“We have a lot of animals in this area but to get water for these animals was a challenge. Animals had to move for a distance over 8 kilometers to get water hence this affected their productivity,” he said.

He added that the entire community is benefiting from this water point saying women no longer walk long distances to fetch water.

“Over 1000 people are accessing water from this water point. This is really timely and we really thank the Norwegian government for the support through the CABMACC Programme” said Mr Msowoya.
Speaking when handing over the two facilities, LUANAR Vice Chancellor, Professor George Kanyama Phiri said CABMACC programme focused on building adaptive capacity of stakeholders of adaptation and mitigation strategies to climate change saying access of livestock to safe and clean water was one of the challenges identified in Bolero hence the construction of the water point which is also serving people.

He said in its quest to encourage information sharing among professionals, farmers, extension workers, researchers, communities and decision makers, his institution through CABMACC planned to establish information resources centres (IRC) in Rumphi, Phalombe and Nkhotakota.

“The establishment of the IRC is against the background that one of the challenges that is affecting agricultural productivity in the country is lack of knowledge and timely delivery of and access to information and technologies for transforming the agricultural sector to the target clientele – the smallholder farmers,” said Professor Kanyama Phiri. The IRC is equipped a computer, tables and chairs and information, education and communication materials on climate change and other disciplines such as agriculture.

The water point initiative was led by the Trustees of Agricultural Promotion Programme (TAPP) through ‘‘Livestock Value Chain, Food Security and Environmental Quality: Transforming Rural Livelihoods through Community-Based Resilience Indigenous Livestock Management Practice in Rumphi District, Bolero EPA’’ project which is supported by CABMACC.

Dr. Andy Safalaoh, the Programmes Coordinator indicated that he is excited that the CABMACC programme has achieved its goal of building the capacity of communities with climate change–related adaptation and mitigation interventions.