Communities in Malawi have come together to fight the effects of climate change and ensure they don't go hungry when hit by floods and drought. COOPI, with funding from the European Commission's Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, helps Malawians with early warning systems to inform of flood risks, irrigation schemes to improve harvests, and the reconstruction of seed banks.
"There has been hunger because of poor rainfall caused by people cutting down trees to produce charcoal," says Supadothi, who has seen the direct results of the irrigation schemes put in place by COOPI with EU humanitarian funding. The schemes mean that locals can now plant two to three times a year to provide sufficient food all year round.
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