Malawi http://www.kunc.org en Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die http://www.kunc.org/post/malawian-farmers-say-adapt-climate-change-or-die Rain is so important in Malawi's agriculture-based economy that there are names for different kinds of it, from the brief bursts of early fall to heavier downpours called <em>mvula yodzalira</em>, literally "planting rain." For generations, rainfall patterns here in the southeast part of Africa have been predictable, reliable. But not now.<p>In the village of Jasi, in the hot, flat valley of Malawi's Lower Shire, farmer Pensulo Melo says 2010 was a disaster.<p>"I first planted my maize on Nov. Wed, 01 Jan 2014 08:04:00 +0000 Jennifer Ludden 53171 at http://www.kunc.org Malawian Farmers Say Adapt To Climate Change Or Die An Author's Journey Back To 'The Lower River' http://www.kunc.org/post/authors-journey-back-lower-river Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>Writer Paul Theroux can't shake Africa. Almost 50 years ago, he lived in the small central African nation of Malawi. Theroux was there for four years teaching English as a Peace Corps volunteer, and some of the most visceral details have stayed with him.<p>PAUL THEROUX: The smell of Malawi is the smell of cooking fires and of a particular kind of wood. It's the eucalyptus wood. It's always the smell of cooking though - the wood smoke from the cooking fire and then the sizzle of oil in a pan. Sun, 20 May 2012 12:39:00 +0000 27586 at http://www.kunc.org President Of Malawi Vows To Overturn Gay Ban http://www.kunc.org/post/president-malawi-vows-overturn-gay-ban The president of Malawi vowed to overturn her country's ban on homosexual acts.<p><a href="http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-18118350">The BBC reports</a> that President Joyce Banda made the vow in her first address to Parliament.<p>"Some laws which were duly passed by the August house... will be repealed as a matter of urgency... these include the provisions regarding indecent practices and unnatural acts," Banda said according to the BBC.<p>Back in December, the United States said countries that criminalize homosexuality could face cuts to their foreign aid. Fri, 18 May 2012 18:26:00 +0000 Eyder Peralta 27514 at http://www.kunc.org President Of Malawi Vows To Overturn Gay Ban In Malawi, A Woman In Power, An Economy In Need http://www.kunc.org/post/malawi-woman-power-economy-need Malawi's first female president takes office with a personal history of women's rights advocacy and a long fight ahead. For Joyce Banda, economic empowerment is crucial for women's progress. It is also a nationwide struggle now resting on her shoulders.<p>Banda, who had been the country's vice president, was sworn in Saturday, following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika on Thursday.<p>As NPR's Ofeibea Quist-Arcton reports, Banda has become Africa's second female president. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 17:35:00 +0000 Dana Farrington 25354 at http://www.kunc.org In Malawi, A Woman In Power, An Economy In Need