Conserve With Benefit Project
In partnership with Conserve with Benefits, Youthure Foundation has implemented the Conserve with Benefit Project (C-with-B) in Malawi. The project took place from June 2020 up till May 2022 and was targeted towards rural youth by engaging them in 3 different livelihood and environmental initiatives namely beekeeping, mushroom husbandry and reforestation. In the initial stages of the project, the youth were trained in beekeeping, mushroom production and tree nursery establishment and management. Later, the youth were provided with necessary equipment and materials to embark on the production of the targeted products.
Sustainable Forest management
The ‘C with B’ project collaborated with the National Youth Network on Climate Change (NYNCC), a network of climate-active youth in Malawi. Through this partnership, the project implemented forest conservation initiatives in the forests surrounding the Salima District.
The project participants and other youth set up a nursery to introduce trees, flowers and other flowering plants into the forest to create a safe haven for pollinators threatened by habitat loss and vegetation depletion.
New sources of Income
The ‘C with B’ project promoted the use of sustainable value chains in forests to provide socio-economic and ecosystem-oriented solutions for the benefit of the youth in Salima.
The following activities took place:
- Honey production: 40 beehives have been introduced in the forests surrounding the Salima District. In addition a honey processing and packaging facility has been set up that allows the youth to supply honey to the market.
- Mushroom production: Mushrooms are produced, sorted and packed to enable the youth to market mushrooms.