On June 2015, COOPI started in Malawi the Early recovery assistance to flood-affected communities funded by European Commission
On June 2015 COOPI has been awarded an ECHO (European Commission’s Humanitarian aid and Civil Protection Department) grant for the implementation of the project Early recovery assistance to flood-affected communities and Disaster Risk Management empowerment of vulnerable stakeholders in Salima and Mangochi Districts — Republic of Malawi.
The main purpose of the action is to support flood-affected communities belonging to Salima and Mangochi Districts through early recovery assistance and reduction of vulnerability to climate-related shocks. The project will last until November 2015. It aims at achieving the following objectives:
- to mitigate the effects of weather-inducted disasters through resilience enhancement and support to vulnerable people to recover;
- to provide early recovery assistance to flood-affected families through agriculture-based livelihood support & rehabilitation, and empowerment of local disaster preparedness capacity.
The direct beneficiaries are 17,700 individuals (13,000 in Mangochi and 4,700 in Salima).
Salima and Mangochi are among the districts that have been more severely affected by the floods that hit Malawi since the beginning of 2015. The crisis has caused loss of assets and livestock, harshly affecting local population’s livelihoods.
The action will be implemented in the TAs which have been more affected by the floods, namely: TA Makanjira, TA Karonga, TA Pemba, TA Ndindi and TA Mwanza in Salima District; TA Nankumba, TA Chimwala and TA Mponda in Mangochi District.
The project aims at supporting the early recovery and at reinforcing the preparedness capacity of the affected communities through the following actions:
Provision of agricultural inputs and irrigation assets
3,000 vulnerable households will receive a diversified set of seeds in order to sustain winter cropping season and secure food availability. The action will target 2,277 households (HHs) in Mangochi and 723 in Salima. The kit composition has been discussed and identified in cooperation with the district officers, and will include: 2.5 Kg of maize seeds, 4 Kg of beans seeds, 10g of Amaranthus seeds and 10g of Chinese Cabbage seeds.
A selected group of beneficiaries will also receive irrigation assets, namely treadle pumps (a total of 84 HHs), climate-smart agriculture and irrigation trainings.
Finally, rehabilitation works will address harshly affected irrigation schemes (6 in Salima and 6 in Mangochi). In some of them cash for work system will be used. Through this activity the beneficiaries will take an active role in the recovery process and will increase their ownership of the project outcomes. While providing a temporary source of income, the activity will allow to rehabilitate structures that are of utmost importance in improving agricultural production.
Strengthening of local preparedness and risk reduction capacity
Local authorities will be supported in the rehabilitation and creation of Civil Protection Committees (CPCs). Especially in Mangochi, apparently few structures currently exist and no one of them is fully functional. COOPI will facilitate the activity providing training, guidance and overall support. Early Warning Systems and contingency plans will be developed and strengthened through participatory exercises. Grassroots Disaster Risk Reduction structures will be trained on disseminating Early Warning messages.
Community based Disaster Risk Management trainings will be delivered, awareness campaigns conducted and community maps developed with the full involvement of the beneficiaries. COOPI will provide expert guidance and know-how in the process of communities sensitization.