Economy

TOP TASTE IN TEA

While sporting one of the smallest land masses in Africa, Malawi comes in number two in the production of tea. Only Kenya, with a land mass nearly five times as big, produces more tea.   Malawi’s tea industry dates back to its meager beginning in 1878. It blossomed in 1891 with the coming of Henry…

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ONE OF THE WORST DISASTERS EVER

The cyclone that struck Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe this past week is being referred to by the United Nations as, “one of the worst weather-related disasters ever to hit the southern hemisphere.” Two million people have been affected, and destruction is spread over a land mass of 1,200 square miles. Beira, Mozambique’s fourth largest city…

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NETFLIX FEATURES MALAWI 14-YEAR-OLD

Kasungu, Malawi … The rains had been timely and plentiful, and a bumper crop was predicted. The World Bank read the indicators and saw an opportune moment to call on Malawi to reduce its debt to the World community. In order to make the required payments, it was necessary to sell a large portion of…

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“I’LL HAVE A HAMMER NOW”

Hammer with nails on a rough hewn wooden board

In 1949 Peter Seeger and Lee Hays released a song called, “If I had a Hammer”. The song did not reach the top of the charts until the trio, Peter, Paul, and Mary recorded it 13 years later. Their version of the folk song became a Top 10 hit in the U.S. in August 1962.…

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BICYCLES ARE LIKE CARS

For a nation where the average person, (1) walks 10 miles a day, (2) will seldom ride in a motorized vehicle, (3) and has little or no expectation of ever owning a galamoto (car), having a bicycle changes one’s life for the better, makes one the pride of the village, and offers a new array…

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BACK TO OUR ROOTS

Plants, Leaves and Shrubs Records indicate the use of medicinal plants for the treatment of health problems extends far back in history. One of the earliest records comes from a Sumerian clay slab, recorded about 5,000 years ago, and giving recipes for the use of 250 plants recognized for their medicinal values. Other examples include…

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