chief of party, REFRESH project
senior program manager
Research article: Community-managed fish sanctuaries for freshwater fishery biodiversity conservation and productivity in Malawi
March 9, 2023
This article, published in the journal Sustainability, looks at community-managed fish sanctuaries under Pact-led programming in Malawi and their impact on biological performance and conservation.
In Malawi, data-driven design paves the path to health services for fishing community youth
March 3, 2023
Pact has long worked with Malawi’s fishing communities to improve their lives. Through this work, we saw a clear need for better access to family planning and reproductive health services in fishing...
In key milestone, Pact’s REFRESH project hands over new technology for Lake Malawi biodiversity monitoring
September 29, 2022
Since 2014, Pact and USAID have been working with lakeside communities in Malawi to save the country’s precious lake resources. Lake Malawi – the most biologically diverse lake in the world –...
Research article: Changes in fish species diversity, size structure and distribution in the trawlable demersal zones of Lake Malawi, Malawi
September 23, 2022
This scientific research was conducted in collaboration with the Government of Malawi to assess temporal and spatial changes in the trawlable demersal zones of Lake Malawi.
In Malawi, building gender equality in the fish sector is key to community wellbeing
April 15, 2022
Margret Aaron Phiri understands well the hardships of gender inequality in Malawi. As a widow, she struggled to take care of her children without a man to bring in income. Business and work outside...
Pact’s REFRESH project uses data, new collection app to help restore Lake Malawi
January 25, 2022
It’s hard to overstate the importance of Lake Malawi. It is the most biologically diverse lake in the world, with more than 1,000 fish species and about 15 percent of global freshwater fish...
Photo story: Healthy environments, better lives
December 28, 2020
In communities around the world, Pact is improving lives and protecting the environment at the same time, because the two go hand in hand.
Photo story: Plenty of fish in the lake
May 29, 2019
Lake communities in Malawi are building a sustainable fishing industry.
After an HIV peer mentor changes his life, a fisherman in Malawi pays it forward
April 16, 2019
By Maggie Makawa and Mercy Phiri Fishermen are more likely to respond positively to information when it comes from their peers. This is why the Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats project...
Parliamentary committee supports Malawi's fisheries sector
March 21, 2019
By Mercy Phiri The main objectives of the USAID-funded Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats project, or FISH, are to increase resiliency to climate change and improve biodiversity...