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Alan Brooks

country director

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager

Using science to improve fishing

July 6, 2018
The Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats project, or FISH, is a 5-year, USAID-funded project focused on biodiversity conversation and climate change adaptation in four major lake bodies in...

Photo story: The Makaka Beach Village Committee

May 22, 2018
The Makaka beach village committee is one of many strong, functioning BVCs in Malawi that work with both communities and district government officials to establish fish sanctuaries, restore habitats...

Photo story: Violet

May 22, 2018
Violet is a leader. And she's proud of it. It's a feeling she didn't have before joining the beach village committee in her community.

WORTH in Malawi: Protecting lakes and empowering local entrepreneurs

May 13, 2018
By Judith Njikho Anna Kankwalala has always worked to contribute income to her household, despite cultural norms here that say it is a man’s domain. “I have never believed in staying idle and waiting...

Photo story: How do bees relate to FISH?

May 7, 2018
In Malawi, the Kimu Village beekeeping group is part of Pact's USAID-funded FISH project. They're a microcosm of the ecosystems approach the FISH project is using to build resilience to...

Finding a familiar face – and progress – amid Malawi's FISH

May 2, 2018
In 2015, Monica Mazuwa didn’t seem disillusioned. But as she talked about the challenges facing beach village committees, I wondered how she wasn’t. She was candid about their work at the time, “The...

Photo story: FISH in Malawi

April 30, 2018
The FISH project builds healthy ecosystems through resilience to climate change, economic development and biodiversity conservation.

At Malawi's Lake Chilwa, local fishing communities make an important decision for their future

April 3, 2018
By Mercy Phiri Lakes are critical to the people of Malawi, providing them with nutrition as well as a vital livelihood. So when local communities decided this winter to extend the closed season at...

The FISH project in Malawi

December 19, 2017
The fish in lakes Chilwa, Chiuta, Malombe, and Malawi are a precious natural resource and the pride of Malawi. The Fisheries Integration of Society and Habitats (FISH) project is a 5-year, USAID-...

For fisher populations vulnerable to HIV, peer mentors make all the difference

November 16, 2017
Mason, a divorced, 48-year-old fisherman who was struggling to make a living because of his poor health, had never considered getting tested for HIV. Until he talked to Geofrey Taombe.