Our work in Malawi continues to change the lives of smallholder farmers and young people. Our team in Malawi have told us how smallholder farmers have been able to increase their incomes through setting up co-operatives or making their co-operatives more productive. For example by receiving training on making organic compost it has enabled co-operative members to boost their incomes through growing better crops and saving money on chemical fertilisers. Also the quality of life at home has increased through using solar lamps, which means children are better able to complete school work and adults are able to save the money usually spent on fuel.

Our team also talked about how families have benefited from the outcomes of gender training meaning that domestic work is shared more evenly at home, and more women are in leadership positions within their co-operatives, demonstrating a stronger voice both at home and in the community. The current project has seen the number of women in leadership positions within co-operatives increase by over 10% since the College started delivering the gender training programmes.

The College has been working in Malawi for the past 5 years delivering co-op development work, firstly through the Supporting Co-operatives in Malawi project (2012-2015) funded through the Scottish Government. This project saw over 4,000 women and nearly 2,000 men receive co-operative development training and support across the three regions of Malawi, promoting the production of high value crops of coffee, macadamia, tea, sugarcane and rice. On the back of this, the College supported the growth of 328 new co-op businesses and the creation of the country's first national apex body for co-operatives, the Malawi Federation of Co‑operatives (MAFECO). The following project (2015-2018) is run by the College to specifically encourage young people to set up their own co-ops, to encourage more women to become leaders of their co-ops and to promote environmental sustainability. It also aims to strengthen the fledgling co-op apex body to develop and grow.