An Environmental History of Southern Malawi ab 106.99 € als gebundene Ausgabe: Land and People of the Shire Highlands. 1st ed. 2016. Aus dem Bereich: Bücher, Politik & Gesellschaft,
An Environmental History of Southern Malawi ab 74.99 € als Taschenbuch: Land and People of the Shire Highlands. Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2016. Aus dem Bereich: Bücher, English, International, Gebundene Ausgaben,
This book covers potential impact of biofuels in Sub-Saharan Africa, specifically Malawi. The production and processing of biofuels in Malawi has potential environmental and socio-economic benefits and risks. This must be strategically assessed to ensure sustainability and reduction or elimination of impacts on its natural resources. There is no framework in terms of policies, legislations and institutions to roll out sustainable biofuel sub-sector in terms of regulations, standards, certification, incentives and public-private partnerships. Biofuels is assumed to be tackled under other sectoral policies such as energy, agriculture, water and trade but these policies are either blind or mention biofuels under renewable energy with no specific plan for the biofuel sub-sector. Thus need to integrate biofuel sub-sector in the economy of Malawi to actualise its sustainability. The book is suitable for researchers, policy makers, academicians and students interested in biomass related renewable energy and their impact on natural resource base.
Indigenous trees play major roles in the rurallivelihood of communities in Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in terms of their environmental service function and contribution of tree products to the rural household economy. However, the high rate of deforestation in Malawi raises concerns on the future supply of these natural resources. A case study was conducted in Dedza district in central Malawi during 2005 to investigate conservation of semi-wild indigenous trees growing and retained at smallholder farms. The study aims at identifying factors influencing conservation and the use/ non-use of conservation practices of indigenous trees. Households were interviewed in two different Extension Planning Areas of Dedza district. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data on demographic, farm household, tree crop and institutional support issues. Data were analysed by logistic regression analysis. Results show that indigenous tree conservation practices vary between the two locations in form and intensity. Factors associated with these differences are various socio-economic factors that are influencing the decision of smallholders to conserve the trees.
Land degradation and soil erosion are significant environmental problems affecting agricultural productivity and livelihood in Malawi. A number of soil fertility improvement technologies are being promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture and non governmental organization, in order to improve agricultural productivity and food security. In spite of the growing awareness of low cost soil fertility technologies, the rate of adoption and continued use of the technologies remain limited. The thesis examines farmer's perception of the current level of soil fertility and factors effecting farmers use of different soil fertility improvement technologies, using example of farmers from Machinga and Zomba Districts, in Malawi. The results provide insights for designing appropriate strategies, policies and programmes aimed at promoting adoption of soil fertility improvement technologies.