In an effort to conserve Natural Resources in the Nyika TFCA, the communities living within the TFCA have been practicing a range of livelihood skills. However, agriculture is the mainstay of the area. The people from the two countries produce a variety of farm products but have no permanent market. The famers have to walk long distances looking for market or waiting for unscrupulous buyers called “brief case buyers”. This has deprived farmers of the actual value of the commodity. The Governments of Zambia and Malawi provide seasonal market for the products in the open grounds. The market starts towards the end of the year and ends at the onset of the rains. The area is not conducive for trading as it is open and has no storage facilities. Farmer practice risk business as the bulky of their product goes to waste. This has had a negative impact on people’s livelihoods. Hence, some people have resorted to poaching as a way of making ends meet.
It is against this background that we are requesting for funds to establish a Common Trade Market (CTM) with permanent structures. The expected community benefits are as follows
1. Joseph Bwalya - Park Ranger (ZAWA) Zambia
2. Peter Wadi –Park Manager (DNPW) Malawi
4. Saiton Mkandawire – Chairperson (Community) Malawi
4. Lyson Zimba – Secretary (Community) Zambia