Malawi Championship – Agriculture and SWC - Wells for Zoë Soil and Forest Restoration

Wells for Zoë
Publicado: 29 Noviembre 2022
Última edición: 29 Noviembre 2022
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In the wider Enyezini area, Miombo Woodlands have been clearfelled and deforested, leading to substantial soil erosion threatening the livelihoods of nearby farmers. 
The restoration approach is focused on active soil erosion control, implemented with locally available organic materials and simple principles by hundreds of paid community workers. Eroded areas are then covered in organic material: grasses, brush packing and mulch to provide conditions for later planted indigenous trees to thrive. Not only will this approach restore the forest cover, provide paid work for hundreds of community members, but it will reduce the threat to the livelihoods of smallholder farmers whose fields are severely threatened by erosion channels cutting into their lands. This  andscape restoration approach with natural solutions will improve the water penetration of the soil allowing for groundwater storages to refill and provide a stream of life to community members in the longterm. 


África Oriente y África del Sur
Scale of implementation
Area-wide development
Ecosistema urbano
Ecosistemas forestales
Selva baja caducifolia
Adaptación al cambio climático
Conocimientos tradicionales
Especies y la extinción
Fragmentación del hábitat y degradación
Gestión de tierras
Manejo de bosques
Manejo de incendios e inundaciones
Medios de vida sostenibles
Mitigación del cambio climático
Ordenamiento territorial terrestre
Prevención de erosión
Provisión y manejo del agua
Reducción de desastres
Salud y bienestar humano
Seguridad alimentaria
One Health
Sistemas alimentarios
Lluvia errática
Incremento de temperatura
Degradación de tierras y bosques
Pérdida de la biodiversidad
Fuegos silvestres
Usos conflictivos / impactos acumulativos
Pérdida de ecosistemas
Falta de acceso a financiación a largo plazo
Falta de oportunidades de ingresos alternativos
Falta de seguridad alimentaria
Falta de infraestructura
Falta de conciencia del público y de los responsables de la toma de decisiones
Falta de capacidad técnica
Deficiente vigilancia y aplicación de la ley
Deficiente gobernanza y participación
Desempleo / pobreza
Sustainable development goals
ODS 1 - Fin de la pobreza
ODS 2 - Hambre cero
ODS 3 - Salud y bienestar
ODS 4 - Educación de calidad
ODS 5 - Igualidad de género
ODS 6 - Agua limpia y saneamiento
ODS 8 - Trabajo decente y crecimiento económico
ODS 10- Reducción de las desigualidades
ODS 13 - Acción por el clima
ODS 15 - Vida de ecosistemas terrestres
ODS 17 - Alianzas para lograr los objetivos
Aichi targets
Meta 1: Aumento de la sensibilization sobre la biodiversidad
Meta 2: Valores de biodiversidad integrados
Meta 3: Incentivos reformados
Meta 4: Producción y consumo sostenibles
Meta 5: Pérdida de hábitat reducida a la mitad o reducida
Meta 7: Agricultura, acuicultura y silvicultura
Meta 10: Ecosistemas vulnerables al cambio
Meta 11: Áreas protegidas y conservadas
Meta 12: Reducir el riesgo de extinción
Meta 13: Protección de la diversidad genética
Meta 14: Los servicios ecosistemicos
Meta 15: Restauración de ecosistemas y resiliencia
Meta 18: Conocimiento tradicional
Meta 19: Intercambio de información y conocimiento
Meta 20: Movilización de recursos de todas las fuentes
Sendai Framework
Meta 1: Reducir la mortalidad global por desastre para 2030
Meta 2: Reducir el número de personas afectadas a nivel global para 2030
Meta 5: Incrementar el número de países con estrategias nacionales y locales para la reducción de riesgos para el 2020.
Business engagement approach
Compromiso directo con una empresa
Compromiso directo con asociaciones


Enyezini, Malawi


Environmental impact: Indigenous trees grow in areas previously unsued and unsuitable for plant growth. The reduced water runoff-speed dramatically helps to accumulate biomass.

Social challenges: Land tenure is a complex topic and it has been a challenge to unite communities. The most impactful argument was that wells with pumps, installed by Wells for Zoë, already show that groundwater levels are decreasing and that if no measures would be taken, it can be expected that less and less safe drinking water can be drawn from the wells. 

Economic challenges. Many farmers have previously produced charcoal illegally at the high risk of being arrested. We were able to offer hundreds of them a meaningful job: Planting trees instead of cutting them down,


From preschool children and their caretakers, Secondary Girl Students supported through this project to hundreds of community tree planters there are thousands of people who have directly or indirectly profited. 

¿ Cómo interactúan los building blocks en la solución?

All activities are driven by our core values and we display the results in a transparent way on our own mapping platform and website. This helps to show donors, as well as our workers how serious we are about transparency and achieving a longterm sustainable impact


More than one million indigenous trees have been planted in the Enyezini area in the last two seasons with the Wells for Zoë. We have demonstrated that in barren areas erosion control work can improve the soil conditions to an extent that indigenous trees can be regrown.
Hundreds of community members have been trained on how to install erosion control measures in the project areas, as well as in their own farmlands to increase probability of a good harvest. More than 52,000 mandays of work has been invested into the area since April 2022. We do not only hire a majority of women to implement these activities, but also provide support for Secondary Girl Students, as well as we train carekaters in preschools. 
The community members receive fruit tree seedlings from the Wells for Zoë farm as reward for successful implementation of erosion control measures and tree planting related activities - be it preparing the site or nursing seedlings in one of the five large scale community nurseries wich each having a capacity of 500,000 seedlings. 
Fruit trees have been planted at the nurseries to transform the nurseries into a fruit garden over the years. 

We are in the final planning stages of implementing large scale solar community kitchens at schools to reduce the amount of firewood needed.
Additionally, we pay our workers to safeguard trees and woodland.


Wells for Zoë

Covid 19 restrictions had a drastic impact on all our lives I suppose but for charities relying on support from abroad this was an especially challenging time. 
DHL stopped delivering packages to Malawi and only residents could fly to Malawi... but we got lucky. A dutch individual living in Malawi was able to deliver a drone to Wells for Zoë. Lovemore Lemon, back then the manager of our farm and now of the whole tree planting projects, and Harisen Amin, our country director learned how to pilot a drone via videocall instructions and send back the first panoramas and photos of an indigenous nursery setup. From then on the project grew substantially in size as donors loved the fact that we had malawian pilots who could use a drone to create drone photogrammetric maps, panoramas and stunning aerial photos.  

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Kevin Dalferth Wells for Zoë