Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Malawi began implementation of the Wellness and Agriculture for Life Advancement (WALA) program in July 2009, with an ending date of June 2014. This five-year USAID-funded PL480 Title II program is through Food for Peace (FFP) and implemented in the eight most food insecure districts in the south of Malawi. WALA is implemented by a consortium of nine Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) led by CRS Malawi as the grant holder. The seven implementing PVOs are Africare, Chikwawa Diocese, Emmanuel International, Project Concern International, Save the Children, Total Land Care, and World Vision International. Another partner, ACDI-VOCA, provides technical support on agribusiness.
The goal of WALA is to improve the food security of 214,974 chronically food insecure households in 39 Traditional Authorities (TAs) in eight districts in southern Malawi by 2014 through strategic objectives in maternal and child health and nutrition (SO1); agriculture, natural resource management, irrigation, and economic activity (SO2); and disaster risk reduction (SO3). Each SO and its main corresponding activities are listed below:
SO1: Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition
SO2: Agriculture, Natural Resource Management (AgNRM), Irrigation, and Economic Activity
Strengthening the capacity of CBOs to undertake and sustain development activities, such as formation of water users committees and marketing clubs.