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A brief description of some of our work, past and present

This is just a short description of our significant projects. Please feel free to contact us if you have specific questions.

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Mtambanyama Dairy Group, Thyolo
Misanjo Dairy Goat Project, Mulanje
Chileka Pig Project, Blantyre
Kaphuka Project, Dedza
Malingunde Newcastle Disease Vaccine Promotion, Lilongwe District
Integrated Food Response Initiative
Smallholder Dairy Development Project, Mchinji District
Likuni, Nsaru and Chigonthi Dairy Groups, Lilongwe District
Mwera Mkaka Dairy Processing Plant, Ntchisi District
Support to agricultural extension training and services, Kasungu and Mzimba
Kulera Biodiversity Project
Lwafwa Dairy Project, Nkhata Bay
Tuvwanane Beekeeping, Nkhata Bay
Chavula Pig Project, Mzimba District
Mwanganya, Mwenilondo, Kasowa and Miyombo Dairy Projects, Karonga
Meat Goat and Newcastle Disease Control Project, Karonga
Mtambanyama Dairy Group
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Situated in the beautiful Thyolo District in Southern Malawi, this project has assisted 22 families with dairy cattle. An SSLLP field officer operates out of Thyolo town to provide the required technical services and training to these farmers.

The group does not yet have a milk cooling centre and have to sell their milk locally at a less favourable price. However, SSLLP is ready to identify a partner who can assist establish a cooling centre when the aggregate milk production reaches a sufficient level to support such an enterprise.




Misanjo Dairy Goat Project
small_p1010006.jpg - An SSLLP farmer and her son proudly show us their goat milk.

Next door to Thyolo and just as beautiful, is the Mulanje District where this project is located. The project is a joint effort between SSLLP and the Mulanje Mission Hospital. It is funded by an independent group from British Colombia, Canada, with funding support from the Vera McCulloch Women's Missionary Society. It focuses particularly on people affected by HIV/AIDS. Apart from animal acquisition and distribution, SSLLP provides expert input and extension support, providing these services through its extension officer based in Thyolo.




Chileka Pig Project

This site is close to the city of Blantyre in Southern Malawi. High-grade pigs have been distributed to farmers within this area and additional secondary recipients have also benefitted from the project.



Kaphuka Project, Dedza

This is an integrated project which particularly targets rural women. It is mainly supported by a small Irish Charity known as Cara Malawi. Kaphuka is a village between Lilongwe and Dedza. SSLLP assisted with much of the early livestock components of this project.




Malingunde Newcastle Disease Vaccine Promotion, Lilongwe District
small_p1030160a.jpg - Trained community vaccinors receive certificates and bicycles

This is a small program, funded by Irish Aid, which aims to promote Newcastle disease vaccination in Malingunde Extension Planning Area to the south-east of Lilongwe. The objectives of the project include:




Integrated Food Response Initiative (IFSRI)
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This project covers targetted poor areas in the districts of Dowa, Lilongwe and Ntchisi. The objectives of the project are to increase and diversify agricultural production through several interventions. SSLLP collaborates with Care Malawi in the implementation of the livestock components of this project through support for poultry production.

Over 70 farmers have been trained in poultry production and Newcastle disease vaccination in the 25 project sites. Over 5,000 poultry have been distributed to farmers and poultry houses have been constructed using locally available materials plus chicken wire distributed through the project.




Smallholder Dairy Development Project, Mchinji District
small_p1020929.jpg - A new dairy farmer in Mchinji

This project operates in Mchinji Extension Planning Area, approximately 110 km from Lilongwe. Initially, it involves distribution of 100 purebred dairy heifers with an associated program of pass-ons which will directly benefit around 338 people within the three year life of the project. Establishment of a cooling plant at a later time will have flow-on effects to the local economy and will spread the benefits of this intervention across the Mchinji community.

The project is funded by USAID and Heifer International. Delivery of this project is primarily the responsibility of Heifer International Malawi. SSLLP is in partnership with Heifer International in delivering the technical, training, animal procurement and other professional inputs.




Likuni, Nsaru and Chigonthi Dairy Groups, Lilongwe District

These three groups are located within the Lilongwe District. Likuni has 31 farmers, Nsaru 20 and Chigonthi 30. The latter group has a predominance of women farmers and has devised a successful marketing strategy for their milk. SSLLP continues to assist these farmers with heifers, artificial insemination services, veterinary support, training and related extension services. An SSLLP extension officer is placed at Likuni to service these groups.



Mwera Mkaka Dairy Processing Plant, Ntchisi District
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This is one of SSLLP's largest and longest lived projects. It is located about 100 km to the north of Lilongwe. It started in 2000 with significant support first from Bóthar, later on from Heifer International, and most recently from Nordic Humanitarian Aid. It features about 100 dairy farmers, a milk cooperative and a dairy processing and packing plant which is wholly owned and operated by the local community cooperative.




Support to agricultural extension training and services
smallp1010563.jpg - Goat pen under construction - Kasungu

This project, funded by the Flemish International Cooperation Agency (FICA), started in April 2009 and is scheduled to run for four years. SSLLP is playing a significant role in this two million euro project through delivery of the livestock components. This work involves support for cattle, goat, pig and poultry production in southern Mzimba and northern Kasungu districts and a wider program to train 1200 community animal health workers nation wide.



Kulera Biodiversity Project
small_p1010967.jpg - The Kulera project helps to protect Malawi's natural resources

Through support from USAID and other agencies, the overall objective of this project is to support Malawi's rural poor in transforming management and protection of their natural resources and biologically significant areas from practices that degrade, to approaches that revitalize and protect these important areas for the good of the society and future generations. The project covers four protected areas in Malawi, the Nyika-Vwaza complex, the Mkuwazi Forest Reserve, the Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and the Ntchisi Forest Reserve. Kulera is targeting 45,000 resource poor households around these areas. It has adopted inter-linked strategies for improved governance of the target areas, improved rural livelihoods around the borders and increased rural incomes from eco-tourism and relevant enterprises. The lead agency in this is Total Land Care Malawi which has engaged SSLLP as a partner to manage the livestock components of the project.




Lwafwa Dairy Project, Nkhata Bay

In 2006, SSLLP, with support from Bóthar and Heifer International, procured from South Africa 70 in-calf heifers, some of which were destined for Lwafwa in Nkhata Bay district. SSLLP assisted 14 families in this community with a heifer each. SSLLP is also assisting these families in vegetable and fish farming. There are now 20 families with cows thanks to the "pass on the gift" system. The project is still being supported by SSLLP to ensure further distribution of "pass-on" heifers.



Tuvwanane Beekeeping, Nkhata Bay

This activity is part of a broader project funded by Heifer International. SSLLP is participating in a small way with the beekeeping component of the project and has assisted 14 farmers who now have hives and are harvesting honey. At present, this is only a minor activity and further developments will depend on the outcomes from the broader project.




Chavula Pig Project, Mzimba District
small_p1000842.jpg - Mzuzu family with pigs distributed by SSLLP

This project is located in the northern region not far from the city of Mzuzu. SSLLP supports some 30 families through the provision of breeding pigs and an initial outlay of inputs. SSLLP also provides training and support in housing design and extension services. An SSLLP extension officer is located in Mzuzu.




Mwanganya, Mwenilondo, Kasowa and Miyombo Dairy Projects, Karonga

These projects are located in the Karonga District in northern Malawi. The groups started around 2006 and received heifers in 2007. There are currently about 60 farmers involved. In this area, fresh or fermented milk is popular and SSLLP plans to assist with improved marketing of milk in the town of Karonga. SSLLP has two extension officers based in Karonga to support these projects and others.



Meat Goat and Newcastle Disease Control Project, Karonga
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This project, funded by Heifer International, aims to assist rural communities and support government extension staff through the establishment of a sustainable mechanism for control of Newcastle disease in chickens using a locally produced vaccine known as I-2. It covers the entire Karonga District.

This and the above Karonga dairy projects ran from 2007-2010 but are still being supported by SSLLP from its own resources.