CENTRAL AFRICA AND SILVACARBON AFRICA
New education center promotes learning and livelihoods. In Central Malawi, nestled below Chipata Mountain and slightly to the west of Lake Malawi, lies Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve, Malawi’s largest remaining wild landscape. The reserve was home to 1,500 elephants in the 1990s. By 2015, there were fewer than 100. Decades of poaching and lawlessness decimated the reserve’s wildlife and the tourism economy that supported the livelihoods of local communities. Today, Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve is thriving once again.
Mango processing provides alternative livelihood path for poachers | We partner with African Parks-Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve and USAID Malawi to encourage conservation enterprises that improve livelihoods and protect biodiversity. In 2021, Joseph Mwanga, photo on right, put away his poaching spear and joined a conservation enterprise that dries and juices mangoes for sale. He and his community association are constructing a large mango processing facility on the border of Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve. READ