Agriculture Sector Wide Approach – Support Project (ASWAp-SPII)

When the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development asked farmers in the banana growing districts of Mulanje and Thyolo to uproot all banana plants, there was a lot of resistance from the communities. For most banana farmers in the two districts, exporting bananas to other districts in the country was their only livelihood and even though harvests were less and less due to the Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) outbreak, they were still reluctant to uproot the diseased suckers because less harvest was better than none. “When government extension workers told us to uproot and burn the few banana suckers we had left, we strongly protested even though we knew the risk, we couldn’t stand the thought of uprooting our ‘livelihood’. They told us that by keeping diseased suckers, we were helping spread the virus even more,” said Mrs. Grace Chingaipe, a farmer in Thyolo district.  Her sad story is not a unique one in Nkaombe village, T/A Bvumbwe, Grace was one of the first farmers to benefit from free clean banana suckers from a community banana nursery that was established with support from ASWAp-SPII. Now she and a lot of farmers in her community have newfound hope. It required a lot of persuasion, negotiation and warnings from the Ministry to convince the farmers to uproot the infected. 
RESTORING THYOLO’S LOST GLORY - Eradicating The Banana Bunchy Top Disease suckers with only a promise of clean planting materials.

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The Malawi Government through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development with support from the Multi Donor Trust Fund ( MDTF) administered by World Bank is implementing activities under the Agriculture Sector wide Approach II ( ASWAp-SP II) Project. The ASWAp SP II is a follow up to the ASWAp SP I Project which was implemented between 2008 and 2016. This project is being implemented in 12 selected districts, namely Chitipa, Mzimba, Kasungu, Mchinji, Ntchisi, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu, Zomba, Phalombe, Mulanje and Thyolo. Component 2 of the project is Improvement of Rural Road Infrastructure whose objective is to facilitate market access for farmers through improvement of road and bridge infrastructure. The component is implemented by District Councils with support from Roads Authority and involves improvement of the unpaved rural roads through labor-intensive rehabilitation and upgrading works using Low Volume Sealing Methods in the 12 selected Districts that the project is being implemented. The Roads Authority prepared Environmental and Social Management Plans for all the selected roads in the 12 districts and Abbreviated Resettlement Plans (ARAP) for one road per district that will be upgraded to bitumen standard. DISCLOSURE OF THE SAFEGUARD DOCUMENTS The Government of Malawi through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development is hereby disclosing the following documents for public consumption: 1. Twelve (12) Environmental and Social Management Plans (ESMPs) for each of the 12 Districts. 2. Twelve (12) Abbreviated Resettlement Action Plans (ARAPs) for each of the 12 Districts. These documents are available at the District Council Offices to be accessed by the public when requested and are also available  Click Here.  

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