Regeneration of Nature through Income Generation for Local Communities in Malawi


Simpson Foundation


Francis Kondowani Ngopola
Joseph Chipimpha Mughogho




On this fair we would like to introduce a concept where rural communities are able to produce fruit juices from natural trees which are fast vanishing from the mother earth.  This has a dual advantage:

  1. There is regeneration or natural forests as communities see the economic value in them through the income generation activities.
  2. Uptake of nutrients for the rural communities 

We believe that this will assist the communities realise the necessity of conserving natural forests and biodiversity.  This will in turn mitigate the effect of climate change through the carbon sinks which is good for the soil health the main focus of 4p1000 Initiative


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The main focus of Simpson Foundation is Conservation Agriculture. However, we have noted that there is a direct link between agriculture and ecosystems such that if the ecosystem is disturbed, the agriculture systems is disturbed as well through the effects of climate change.  This in turn affects the livelihood of the rural communities as they have to develop survival mechanism and the nearest being the natural forests.  

In rural setting in Malawi, research has shown that 65% of the rural community's productive activities are done by women and young people.  In this regard we are integrating genders' equality to empower women, young girls and youth to take leadership roles and participate in the regeneration of natural forests from the planning, awareness building, implementation and equitable benefit distribution.  Special attention is given to girls have dropped out of school due to early pregnancies' to be encouraged to go back to school while at the same time participate in the regeneration of natural forest through value addition.

For further discussion on this topic which is becoming a world focus topic contact:

Francis Ngopola on +265 0 999 225 803  or email:

Joseph Chipimpha Mughogho on +265 0 999 537 464 or email: or skype: joseph.mughogho2


Clients / Target group

We are currently working with rural farming in conservation agriculture.  After having discovered the degradation of natural resources within the impact areas, we have decided to add the natural resources management through village woodlots establishment.  Our focus on this fair and on this stand in particular is to share ideas on the natural resources management as an alternative to soil and climate change management.

Established collaborations and partnership

We are currently working with Lutheran Evangelical Development Services, who are already working with the rural farmers on the natural resources management through Agro-forestry project and the Department of Natural and Environmental Affairs.  Our collaborators have been able to:

  1. Establish village tree nurseries for community forest and woodlots
  2. Have been able to undertake community forest patrols to enforce forest protection by-laws to enhance forest management
  3. With Simpson foundation facilitate soil and water protection conservation to reduce soil erosion and soil degradation
  4. Tree planting along the river banks restoration

As a follow-up Simpson foundation through it's fourth pillar (Natural resources management) would like to establish co-operatives with a special focus on value addition for natural fruits as people would be able to protect the natural forest only if they see the value in them.  We have already started sensitizing the communities on the natural resources management, which should later evolve into village saving and loans groups to create income generating activities through collection and marketing of forest fruits, sustainable agriculture and other small businesses.

Desired collaborations and partnerships

Research is showing that unless rural farmers see the value in the natural resources, they will continue destroying it for the livelihood purposes and agricultural expansion.  Realising that natural based solutions are not a one man -show, also that it does not affect only one part of the world, we would like to establish collaboration with the development partners who could provide the necessary expertise and resources for the scaling up of value addition in the natural resources so that communities are able to regenerate them.

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  1. Anonymous

    Hi all, 

    We just wanted to make you aware of our activities at the stand 114 (Stand 114). We are presenting today our mobile VR app LIFE AMDRYC4. It is available for IOS and ANDROID ( or and you can also play through the web application at our official site ( The application is available in 5 languages (Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, French and English) and allows you to simulate the effects of agricultural practices on the soil productivity, and CO2 emissions. We would love to have your feedback on this and we are happy to answer any question you may have about the LIFE AMDRYC4 project.

    Maria Jose Martinez (Research Coordinator, University of Murcia), Carmen Perez Sirvent (Research Coordinator, University of Murcia), Manuel Hernandez Perez (VideoGame Designer and Project Manager, University of Salford Manchester). 

  2. We have noted of your application, let us have a chat at your convenient time

  3. Good evening. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are representing our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please visit our stand and join our event on 18-05-2021 between 14.00 to 15.00 IST.
    The topic for the event is 'Tree based farming system (Wadi)'. BAIF Development Research Foundation in partnership with farming families, has evolved and promoted “Tree Based Farming System” popularly known as “Wadi”. The Wadi model has been widely adopted by more than 0.45 million families in 25 states of India. This has resulted in significant increase in farm income, reduction in distress migration, better nutrition and improved quality of lives of the participating families. The programme interventions have resulted in various environmental benefits including improved biodiversity and substantial sequestration of carbon in soil and wood biomass. This session aims at sharing the details of the Wadi model and our experience pertaining to it.

    1. Thank you very much for the invitation, to your stand.  Unfortunately on the said date, I had to travel somewhere for an urgent matter.  But will visit your stand and probably invite you to a chat.

  4. Anonymous

    Good evening. I am Dr. Nandini from BAIF Development Research Foundation, India. We are participating in this virtual EU Fair and have shared our work on 'Soil restoration for achieving sustainable livelihoods, climate change adaptation and mitigation' through stand no 37. Please do visit our stand for understanding the work in India. 

    This is also to share with you all that we have planned a sharing event on 25th May between 14.00 to 15.00 IST (+/- 5.5 UTC). The topic of this sharing event is 'Environmentally sound and climate smart program interventions through BAIF Development Research Foundation', India. It will be based on BAIF, India's efforts on ground to build resilience of vulnerable farming communities against climate change effects by introducing on ground, the multisectorial program interventions for resilient farming system.

    So, please participate for enriching knowledge!  See you there!