Ali Kalichero is an award winning radio producer and journalist based in Malawi with vast experience in news writing and editing. He has worked with Trans World Radio (TWR Malawi) as news editor and Pentecostal Life Radio (PL FM) as chief news editor. He has also written for online publications like Orako Times, Malavi post, and Water Journalists Africa, a network of African Journalists who report on Water and Sanitation. He has covered includes covered politics, business, economic and social issues among other beats.
As the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. With Malawi facing difficult economic times and high levels of unemployment, some women and youths have found financial relief in managing and recycling waste, while improving environmental conditions.
The Malawi government and economists are encouraging consumers to buy and use locally made products to support the crumbling economy and the country's depreciating currency.
Malawi’s economy depends predominantly on agriculture which mainly consist of subsistence farming. When selling commercially, most agricultural products are sold at low prices locally, and mainly monies realized from such sales are only enough for buying small household necessities like sugar, salt, clothes, and detergent. This is because most of them have no capacity to produce more quality crops and add value to them, to penetrate both local and international markets. Most farmers also have no access to financing.
Malawi’s sole electricity generator and supplier announced earlier this month that the country will “experience frequent and prolonged load shedding,” citing “insufficient generation capacity within the foreseeable future.”
There is a hot debate on whether Malawi should legalize industrial hemp, also known as industrial Cannabis, for purposes of improving exports and domestic earnings.