Professor Sosten Chiotha discusses a seven-year adaptation project with communities from Lake Chilwa Basin, a densely populated fragile ecosystem in Malawi, at the 13th international conference on Community-Based Adaptation to Climate Change (CBA13), which took place from 1-4 April 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Increasingly erratic rainfall and sunshine makes the old method of processing fish outside no longer viable, explains Chiotha, from LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development Southern and Eastern Africa).
Exposure to increased rainfall and sun spoils the fish due to fly infestation. The production loss can be as much as 40%. The new method is solar drying (drying indoors). As a result, fish dries much more quickly and prevents fly infestation. Processed fish is also of a much better quality, fetching a higher market price. Chiotha also demonstrates the use of a kiln for smoking fish - a more efficient and effective use of wood fuel.
CBA13 brought together practitioners, grassroots representatives, local and national government planners, policymakers and donors working at all levels and scales to discuss how we can drive ambition for a climate-resilient future.
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