Archive for the ‘Malawi’ Category

“Ana A Topa,” GASP Malawi

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

You might know a lot about how smoking affects your body but how often do you think about the people and children who grow tobacco and how it affects their lives? Probably not very often and tobacco manufacturers would like to keep it that way which is why GASP formed a new charity called Ana A Topa, which means ‘the children are tired’. We launched it when we found out that the tobacco farmers were very sick and poor, despite the fact that the crop itself is very valuable. Guernsey’s young people were disgusted by this exploitation and manipulation and encouraged GASP to do something about it.

click here to watch the video Ana A Topa

Produced by Guernsey Adolescent Smokefree Project in 2011.

Union members and beneficiaries of GASP Malawi project

House Woman: Notes on Permaculture and Food Security in Malawi

Monday, February 27th, 2012

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Draft video, 27 February 2012

In spring 2006, Ethel discussed permaculture and food security in Malawi with me. I wanted to educate myself on sustainable agricultural activities and how a Malawian practices permaculture. These issues interest me as part of a larger project to explore healthy (agricultural chemical-free) crops and alternative livelihoods for tobacco farmers and farm workers in Malawi. Ethel agreed to videotaped interviews over two days in different areas in her garden near Chitedze Trading Center, 14 kilometers north of Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. In the 2000s, Ethel worked as a ‘house woman’ (domestic worker) for Stacia and Kristof Nordin. The Nordins are Malawi-based permaculture educators and advocates who operate

During her position with Stacia and Kristof, Ethel became a permaculturalist. The video is edited to showcase Ethel’s knowledge about farming indigenous plants and creating synergy among food, water, shelter and community.

Marty Otañez, Producer and Assistant Professor, Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver
email: marty[dot]otanez[at]ucdenver[dot]edu

Katrina Greschner, Assistant and Anthropology graduate student, University of Colorado, Denver

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Monday, February 13th, 2012

GASP is a Guernsey charity which aims to reduce the prevalence of smoking among the young people of Guernsey.

Being aware of tobacco cultivation and learning about its origins is an important part of this education.

The Ana A Topa project helps farmers in Malawi grow maize instead of tobacco in a more environmental friendly way. This will not only benefit the environment but give tobacco farmers more food and profit. In turn, this can return their hope and help them out of poverty.

This video (7 mins.) shows what life is like for tobacco farmers and farm workers in Malawi.

Umodzi (Together)

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

Umodzi (13 mins., 2010) explores the power of community mobilisation through women’s groups to improve mother and child health and reduce mortality in Mchinji District, rural Malawi. Women, chiefs and health workers discuss the transformations in their communities brought about by community members collaborating in over 250 women’s groups established by MaiMwana Project. Women describe how collective action has helped to improve health and reduce mortality among mothers and children directly by preventing illness and changing behaviour and indirectly by empowering community members to take control of health issues that affect the health of these groups. MaiMwana Project is a collaboration between the Malawi Ministry of Health and the UCL Centre for International Health and Development and was established in Malawi in 2003. The film was funded by UCL Futures.

Marty Otañez, Producer and Assistant Professor
Anthropology Department, University of Colorado, Denver
blogs: Coalition for Excellence in Digital Storytelling

Mikey Rosato, Producer, University College London, Institute for Global Health

Brad Johnson, Editor