SSLLP was established in August, 1996 and legally registered in October 1996, under the Trustees Incorporation Act of 1962 as Small Scale Livestock Promotion Programme (SSLLP), with a purpose of promoting appropriate information and technological skills in production and usage of livestock for the most vulnerable rural people. SSLLP is registered under the Trustees Incorporation Act in 1996, Council for Non-governmental Organizations on 21st September 2000 and the NGO Board on 24th November 2006. The aims were to achieve food sufficiency at the household level as well as at the national level, while utilizing the natural resource base in a sustainable manner. The program was initiated by a group of Malawian nationals involved in animal production and disease control in order to address a number of issues related to improved livestock production at smallholder level. The organization believes that the potential of food self-sufficiency in animal protein in the long term depends much more on the production capacity of the larger number of smallholder farmers. SSLLP is now among the few local NGOs involved in the livestock sector of Malawi. It has been involved in the promotion of livestock species such as dairy cattle, dairy and meat goats, pigs and poultry. Its activities have covered areas throughout Malawi, including Ntchisi, Nkhotakota, Lilongwe and Dedza in the central region, Nkhata Bay, Rumphi, Mzimba and Karonga in the north and Thyolo, Blantyre and Mulanje in the south.

In response to a changing global and local context SSLLP had a strategic realignment which ushered a more diverse portfolio and changed its name to SSLLP. In a bid to scale up its activities and match these with the changing needs for rural development in Malawi as well as in the global mosaic, SSLLP embraced issues of water and sanitation, mitigation and adaptation to climate change, women’s empowerment and youth development as being integral and core issues to poverty reduction and rural development. The following constitute an appropriate overview of SSLLP current operation functions;

  • Sourcing and distributing various improved livestock species to smallholder farmers
  • Capacity building of extension workers and smallholder farmers
  • Providing veterinary services to smallholder farmers
  • Addressing cross-cutting issues such as gender, child rights, HIV and AIDS, and environmental protection and natural resource management
  • Promoting appropriate standards and operations for water and sanitation in rural areas
  • Assisting rural communities to adapt to the effects of climate change
  • Assisting rural communities and vulnerable groups to achieve their full potential in terms of enterprise development and value addition for agricultural and livestock products