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Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa, is one of the most peaceful places on the continent, and those who visit it quickly fall in love with its nature and its people

Malawi is a small, landlocked country in southeastern Africa and is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great rift valley and enormous Lake Malawi. It was a former British colony and the national language is English. It has many dialects and the main tribes are the chewas, yaos, tumbukas, and tongas.

  • Capital: Lilongwe
  • President: Peter Mutharika
  • Population: 18 million (2017 – World Bank)
  • Currency: Malawi Kwacha
  • GDP per capita: 226.46 USD (2013 – World Bank)
  • Official language: English

The country, however, is one of the poorest in the world, with high HIV rates and limited infrastructure development. One of the contradictions is that whilst having excellent knowledge and experience in agriculture, being traditionally a tobacco-exporting nation, many people live on less than a $1/day with poor nutritional diets.

Many would argue that whilst industrialization is important in generating money in today’s modern world, it has also contributed to the pollution of our planet and an individualistic mentality. Malawi has serious potential to be a leader in the ‘green’ movements with its sunshine and abundance of fresh water, and is charmingly community-based by nature. Malawians will smile, meet and greet you at every turn, and its political stability should not be overlooked.

 

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Student writing and playing in the soil. Pictures courtesy of UK charity Expand and Kawandama Hills Plantation

                        www.xpand.org.uk                                               www.kawandama-hills.com