Anthony and his 20,000 trees
Anthony Manda is changing minds and hearts in Gonamo village, Malawi and it’s all about trees.
Deforestation and droughts and flooding form a harsh cycle of challenges for local farmers in Malawi, making it hard to grow crops. Without proper forest conservation, land becomes exposed and the nutrient-rich topsoil can be eroded. Less trees increases the risk of drought and flooding, farmers then clear new areas of forest, perpetuating the cycle. However, Anthony is not going to let this happen in his village, Gonamo.
Changing his community
Living with his wife, three children and two grandchildren, Anthony wants to build a livelihood that lasts in the future. In 2017, he was trained by Temwa’s Agriculture and Forestry Programme (AFP) team in seed identification and sustainable farming. He learned how to identify locally available seeds to use for tree-planting.
Now, Anthony gives his time as a Community Extension Volunteer to combat deforestation. He works with other farmers and families in Gonamo and neighbouring villages to take part in tree-planting activities and protect woodlands. He sees trees are central to helping break the cycle of food-shortage and creating positive long-lasting change.