Developing sustainable markets for smallholder macadamia farmers.
Neno Macadamia Trust
In 2010 Ken Mkangala featured in a macadamia promotion video where a villager rejoiced that her children were so healthy as the result of eating macadamia nuts.
The same reaction has been heard in Neno where parents are seeing noticeable improvements in their children’s school work, with these kernels in their diet. A traditional meal in Malawi often includes ground peanuts, but now in some districts the humble peanut is being supplemented by macadamia. With more than 600 farmers in Neno having trees over 8 years of age, these mature trees have started producing crops of nuts, some of which are consumed at home.
Last year Scottish aid built a fine macadamia nut depot in Neno. Recently growers have expressed a wish to develop NESMAC into a business in the form of a Co-operative. Ken Mkangala, as manager of the Highland Macadmaia Co-operative Union (HIMACUL) is advising the Neno farmers and the Neno Macadamia Trust on the steps needed to take this initiative forward. This is a development the Trust strongly supports and looks forward to the next stage of developing a viable macadamia business in Neno.
A concert by the York SDA Gospel Singers including musicians from Hull & Doncaster and poetry reading from Malawian poet Dr Jack Mapanje to raise vital funds for Neno Macadamia Trust.
Tinyade Mandala, the office manager, pictured here with her friend Ellen has appealed for support to repair the Neno warehouse.