Malawi Lake Basin Programme started in 2006 by five consortium members; three Malawian member based organizations, namely Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM), National Smallholder Farmers’ Association of Malawi (NASFAM) and Malawi Union of Savings and Credit Co-operatives (MUSCCO), as well as those from Sweden; We Effect and Vi-Agro forestry.

The consortium works directly in two districts in Malawi; Salima and Mangochi and indirectly in all districts in Malawi. Currently the consortium implements the Malawi Lake Basin Programme III with funding from the Royal Norwegian Embassy. Malawi Lake Basin Programme III started in 2014 and runs up to 2019.

The consortium remain committed to improving the livelihoods of rural poor households in Malawi through productive and sustainable management of agricultural resources including the promotion of viable, alternative livelihood options that reduce pressure on the land, forests and water; the promotion of business-oriented agriculture and strengthening of rural peoples’ organizations so that they effectively represent and defend the interests of their members.

Malawi Lake Basin Consortium (MLBC) applies a human rights-based approach in its development programmes, assisting people living in poverty to secure their rights and entitlement to adequate living conditions and broad empowerment.

MLBC targets women in partner organizations to secure them the same rights and entitlements as men, especially to own and control land and access to financial resources. The core strategy is to strengthen cooperatives of women and men living in poverty through membership-based democracy,