Promoting Biodiversity and Food Security in Malawi

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We worked with Malawian farmers and scholars from Canada, Germany, Norway and the United States to promote improved food security and protect biodiversity in an area that has been deeply affected by changes in climate and land use. We believe the research and ingenuity achieved by collaborating with scholars from peer institutions like Cornell University is needed to understand these processes and develop near- and long-term solutions.

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About the Project

This project was a multi-national collaboration centered on advancing farming practices that protect both the food security of the Malawian people and the biodiversity of their surrounding environment. Progress made from this project helped Malawian farmers withstand the changes in climate and land use that they experienced, without having to resort to destructive agricultural practices.

We examined the ways in which micro-level social processes combined with macro-level forces to influence innovation and resilience in agriculture. Methods used include surveys, focus groups, community discussions and analysis of Malawian agricultural policy.

Researchers on the project came from Cornell University; University of Denver; University of Toronto; University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg); University of Western Ontario; and the Soils, Food and Healthy Communities Project; along with other academic and community partners.

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Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong

As an assistant professor within DU's Department of Geography & the Environment, Hanson Nyantakyi-Frimpong has contributed to scholarship across the fields of human dimensions of global environmental change, sustainable agriculture and food systems, and political ecology. He specializes in research focusing on issues at the intersection of human factors in global environmental change and sustainable agriculture and food systems.