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1st European Film Festival in Malawi

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The EU Delegation in Malawi is hosting the 1st European Film Festival in the country. The finest of European cinema is showcased, alongside a selection of Malawian short films. The Flemish film 'King of the Belgians' will open the festival on 4 October at the Crossroads Hotel in Lilongwe, and will further be showed on 12 October at the Jacaranda Cultural Centre in Blantyre.

European Filmfestival 2019

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From 29 November to 8 December 2019, the 6th edition of the European Film Festival will take place at the Cinema Nouveau in Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. Just as in previous years, South African film enthusiasts will get an opportunity to experience the best in European cinema titles. More info will follow soon!

NEWS

 



Structural support for coordinating emergency aid in Malawi

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On 23 September the Government of Flanders decided to allocate 160,000 euros for Malawi Humanitarian Emergency Respond Fund for three years (2016-2018). This fund, administered by the UN, provides emergency assistance to more than 6.5 million Malawians. Their country is severely affected by alternating periods of extreme drought and floods caused by climate change and El Niño.

Women benefit from Sustainable Trade Project focusing on chicken

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Media consultant Paida Kadzakumanja recently visited two agricultural projects implemented by the Farmers Union of Malawi and funded by the Government of Flanders. After meeting with the beneficiaries, she wrote three articles about the projects.

The District Stakeholder Panels project (2013-2016) is a three-year project which aims to improve agricultural extension services in Malawi. Tamanya Haraw, the Director of Planning and Development at Mzimba District Council, recently praised the project for promoting and strengthening the participation of farmers in policy formulation and implementation at district level.  Through the creation of District Stakeholder Panels, the project brings together government, agricultural organisations and the farmers themselves. One of the innovations, introduced by the Panels, are Agriculture Fairs that provide a link to markets for the farmers, as well as keeping them informed of new technologies and improved production methods and agricultural practices.

Another project is the Sustainable Trade Project (2012-2015) focusing on capacity building of female households by increasing their incomes through the production and sale of chickens. Vulnerable women in the Mzimba District are now earning stable incomes through this breeding project. A follow up project (2015-2020) on nutrition programmes using the chicken programme as a benchmark has been awarded MK2 billion.

This article discusses the Sustainable Trade Project.

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