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Malawi the warm heart of Africa – what IS Malawi all about?

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Ivor Kellock

Ivor Kellock

Discussing cultural differences, living with malaria  (the greatest killer on our planet) the impact of technology, education, reluctant entrepreneurs, religion, China’s influence, debt relief & creating new debts, corruption, energy supply

Where is Malawi? Ivor talks to Stuart Palmer

Who lives & works there (for 8 years) as the director of a mission hospital

Stuart Palmer

Stuart Palmer

Ivor visited Malawi in 1995 on a road trip from Cape Town to Dar es Salam.
“A beautiful country, incredibly friendly people, poor & hospitable – Malawi has a place firmly in my heart” 
Personal perspectives in an impersonal world

World recognition for an ingenious young Malawian

Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a land locked country in southeast Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the northeast, and Mozambique on the east, south and west. The country is separated from Tanzania and Mozambique by Lake Malawi. Malawi is over 118,000 km2 (45,560 sq mi) with an estimated population of 14,900,000. Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi’s largest city; the second largest is Blantyre and the third is Mzuzu. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is also nicknamed “The Warm Heart of Africa”

Malawi is among the world’s least-developed countries. The economy is heavily based in agriculture, with a largely rural population. The Malawian government depends heavily on outside aid to meet development needs, although this need (and the aid offered) has decreased since 2000. The Malawian government faces challenges in building and expanding the economy, improving education, health care, environmental protection, and becoming financially independent. Malawi has several programs developed since 2005 that focus on these issues, and the country’s outlook appears to be improving, with improvements in economic growth, education and healthcare seen in 2007 and 2008.

Malawi has a low life expectancy and high infant mortality. There is a high prevalence of HIV/AIDS, which is a drain on the labour force and government expenditures. There is a diverse population of native peoples, Asians and Europeans, with several languages spoken and an array of religious beliefs. Although there was tribal conflict in the past, by 2008 it had diminished considerably and the concept of a Malawian nationality had begun to form. Malawi has a culture combining native and colonial aspects, including sports, art, dance and music.

Malawi Facts
Income per capita $902 source World Bank 2012 (174 out of 180 listed)
= < $3 a day on average
Agriculture & Industry
The main agricultural products of Malawi include tobacco, sugar cane, cotton, tea, corn, potatoes, sorghum, cattle and goats.
The main industries are tobacco, tea and sugar processing, sawmill products, cement and consumer goods
Source Wikipedia
Author Ivor Kellock
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