MML will support 12 social impact UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and support the Malawi Government’s National Charcoal Strategy and National Forest Landscape Restoration Strategy.
Why impact is needed
MML’s farming operations are centred on Chikwawa District and the company smallholder programme across 5 Southern Dirsticts of Malawi. According to USAID, 97.7% of the population are either considered to be ultra-poor (31.9%) or poor (65.9%); the World Food Programme estimates that 59% of the workforce earn less than US $1 per day. 79.3% Of the population derive their food energy from staples (compared to the national average of 75%) and a total of 40.9% of the population have either poor or borderline food consumption, Chikwawa has the lowest average per capita daily calorie intake (1721kcal) in the country. Additionally, poor water supply accounts for 50% of all rural illnesses. This situation is exacerbated in the dry months of January and February when the Malawian National Statistics Office estimates that up to 80% of the population face food shortages. In turn, this leads the region to have some of the highest recorded levels of stressful coping strategies (smaller portions, less varied diets, missing meals) across the country. MML’s operations will have a number of direct and indirect benefits that will combine to bring real change across Southern Malawi.