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Water Stewardship Malawi responds to demand from major water users, government and citizens in Malawi for improved water security and resource governance. Delivering improved water security and climate resilience for 20,000 vulnerable people, the programme fills global gaps in guidance and support for water stewardship practice by agribusinesses, small-holders and communities, and will establish Malawi as a centre of excellence and learning on water stewardship.

With support from the Scottish Government’s Climate Justice Fund, we are working with 4 exemplar sites - a commercial sugarcane plantation, a smallholder rice farming cooperative, a hospital and a school to apply the AWS Standard, implement water stewardship strategies and document the learning. Lessons will influence national policy and regional guidance through AWS Africa.

Visit our Resources page to download the case study learning reports for this project.

A follow up grant in 2018 from the Scottish Government Climate Justice Innovation Fund, has enabled us to extend our support to the Kaporo rice farmers, and initiate work with two other cooperatives - Phata Sugarcane Outgrowers Cooperative ( and Sukambizi Association Trust teafarmers. This innovation project will extend our evidence base of what support, guidance and incentives enable small-scale farmers to benefit from the AWS Standard, and test how Fairtrade and AWS Standards could work more closely to strengthen the resilience of small-scale producers and surrounding communities facing climate impacts.


What our Stakeholders say

We take pride in the leading role that our farmers will play in shaping the Water Stewardship Standard, so that it can be used by farmers across Africa
— Director of Water Supply, Government of Malawi