In 2010, in Malawi, an interesting practice using renewable energy for livelihood protection was implemented.
The project, carried along Lake Malawi in Salima District, consisted in the installation of solar panels in areas affected by floods. These devices ensure water supply for irrigation during the dry season and thus the maintenance of productive systems at the local level even during crisis. In this case, solar energy allows communities to mitigate the risk of flooding by increasing production capacity, response and resilience.
The system is managed by the local CPCs, chosen by the traditional authorities. The response capacity is also reinforced by the creation of barns as well as various emergency stocks that have been implemented in the project area. The need for food storage during crisis requires an enhancement of production process which is ensured by access to water and training on sustainable use of resources for better risk and crisis management.