Malawi is one of the world’s poorest countries and relies heavily on farming to drive the economy. There has been an increasing affect by climate change in recent years including unusual frosts.
Once known as Nyasaland, the country is a former British colony, gaining independence in 1964. Malawi has taken steps to overcome decades of problems but has faced issues with severe corruption and high HIV/AIDS rates with over 900,000 people infected.
President Mutharika led some economic development for the country during his years in power. The peaceful transition of power to President Joyce Banda, the first female President in southern Africa and only the second female President of any country in Africa, has also been welcomed by the international community.
Tell me something about Malawi….
- Malawi has a population of 15.8 million
- President Joyce Banda has moved to restore diplomatic relations with donor countries
- Malawi is technically a landlocked country in the southeast of Africa but does have a port on the Zambesi river, allowing access to trade through the Indian ocean.
- Population growth, increasing pressure on the land, corruption and the spread of HIV/AIDS continue to pile pressure on Malawi.
- Out of date farming techniques often harm the quality of the land