Reafforestation at work
It is one of the most important areas in the entire country, but it is also one of the most environmentally degraded.
JICA is involved in an ambitious and innovate project in the southern African nation of Malawi to help reforest and halt soil degradation in a region which supplies 98% of the country's electrical power.
Malawi is one of the world's poorest countries and is fighting an uphill battle to improve the lives of its mainly rural population which will double in just a few short years.
In addition to trying to halt environmental degradation which threatens all aspects of the country's economic prospects, JICA is involved in a series of health, education and economic activities.
Japanese experts and volunteers are helping to improve teaching standards in science and math in secondary schools; to combat the AIDS scourge; improve the efficiency of rural hospitals and also to improve village living standards by encouraging small scale economic projects particularly suited to specific areas of the country.
It is one of the country's most critical regions, but it is also one of the most environmentally degraded. JICA is participating in an innovative project to halt soil erosion and reforest the landscape.
The concept was born as early as the 16th century. Now Japanese experts are using the same guidelines to improve efficiency in rural hospitals in Malawi.
Sub-Sahara Africa is one of the worst effected AIDS/HIV areas in the world. JICA volunteers are helping some of the victims, including many orphans, in the southern African state of Malawi.
Science and math have always been ‘difficult' subjects in any classroom, but are vital to the economic well being of developing countries. Teachers in Malawi are improving their classroom skills in a project which has spread to many parts of Africa.
How can poverty stricken rural villages improve the long term poverty cycle they are trapped in? Using an idea developed in the 1970s to rescue a poor part of Japan, villagers concentrate on one idea particularly suited to their region to promote economic expansion.