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Alan Brooks

country director

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager

In historic milestone, Malawi fishing communities take true ownership over local natural resource management

September 3, 2018
The notion of participatory fisheries management isn’t new in Malawi. It was first introduced 25 years ago as a means to address collapsing fish species populations in the country’s lakes, which have...

To stop the spread of HIV in Malawi, bringing services to fishermen is critical

July 26, 2018
By Mercy Phiri Layton Nyama lives in Makawa, a village in Mangochi along the southwest arm of Lake Malawi. His only source of income is fishing. Last year, though, Layton began having trouble doing...

At a fish 'maternity ward' in Malawi, one man inspires an entire community

July 25, 2018
By Issa Mwanjabe and Mercy Phiri Every morning, 27-year-old Amini Mustafa goes to a swamp near his house, throwing in maize brans and chicken dung. This swamp, which looks deserted because of the old...

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.