Nsanje is one of the districts which is highly affected with the negative impacts of climate change, with the areas experiencing drought and floods which occur almost every year. People’s livelihoods have become more vulnerable such that their capacity to produce food and access water has become a daily concern with women bearing most of the burden in activities that are most impacted by adverse climate, including collection of water and ensuring daily access to food.
With funding from the Scottish government through Christian Aid, CEPA in partnership with CARD and Bluezone is implementing a one and a half year project to address issues of food insecurity and water scarcity problems in two Traditional Authorities in the district. The project aims at increasing availability and access to safe and potable water for 1500 households and to increase agricultural production through small scale irrigation to 400 households through rights based, participatory and inclusive approaches to water resources management.
CEPA’s role in the project is to strengthen community participation in water management by building the capacity of water point committees to advocate, represent community interests and rights in district planning water planning processes and support communities to develop and implement water resources protection plans alongside contingency planning. The project commenced in October 2014 and is expected to phase out in June 2016.