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The specific objective is to improve the livelihoods of forest dependent communities in Chitipa, Kasungu, Ntcheu, Zomba-Machinga, Nsanje Districts through participatory management of forests and commercialisation of forest products. The project is increasing target households' income derived from FBEs by 20% and is ensuring sustainability by strengthening accountability of forestry institutions, commercial viability of FBEs and engagement of the Department of Forestry (DoF).
Total Cost (EUR): 1 444 301.47
EU contracted amount (EUR): 1 299 871
Duration: September 2015 - August 2018
Implementing organisation: UNITED PURPOSE LTD
Funding Instrument: European Development Fund (EDF)
Benefitting zone: Malawi
United Purpose Limited
Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world with high rates of deforestation. This is because 90 % of the population rely on firewood and charcoal from the local forests for fuel and shelter. As a result, deforestation is increasing at alarming rates and trees are becoming scarce. The adoption of the clean cook stove can be considered as a long term transition that leads to the phasing out of charcoal and the traditional three stone fire.
Clean cooking stoves, a better option for women
Linsey has herself become a regular stove user, preferring it over the traditional three stone fire on account of the massive reduction in firewood consumed and the fact that much less smoke is emitted. Replacing stoves has had a huge impact on Linsey's life. She now spends less time fetching wood and has more time to do small businesses to empower herself economically while conserving the much valued environment.