By Peter Chipanga
As Malawi struggles to control the proliferation of poaching in the country’s national parks and game reserves, an international organisation that works on improving the welfare of animals, has come up with a scheme that aims at curtailing the state of affairs, and empowering the local community.
The global association, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), has since facilitated the birth of a multi- facet Chikolongo Community Fish Farm Projec at Liwonde, targeting the rampant poaching in the Shire River which has resulted in suffocating the fishing industry and the country’s key source of protein,.
“We are proud to announce the launch of Chikolongo Community Fish Farm, at Liwonde National Park on 14th September which will help curb the widespread poaching.
“This community-led micro-enterprise venture is part of the Liwonde Conservation Programme, a partnership between the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife (DNPW) of Malawi” disclosed Christina Pretorius, IFAW Communications Manager for the Southern Africa Region.
Malawi’s economy is heavily based on agriculture, with food security being a constant challenge for the ordinary Malawian, and experts have indicated that intense human pressure has resulted in highly fragmented wildlife habitats, as protected areas such as Liwonde National Park are literally islands in a sea of most Malawians. More....