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Mbewa Fish and Irrigation Project

Jones, the Agricultural Advisor, employed by the project, initiated an innovative maize irrigation scheme that enabled farmers to grow maize as a cash crop during the dry season. The initial scheme is shown in the film clip below from 2009.

The scheme was expanded with donations from Mbew Self-Help Project (UK). The government then attracted EU funds to instigate a much larger scheme, called the Gibson Irrigation Scheme (Gibson, being the region of Mbewa Village, under Chief Gibson). Jones helped to implement this scheme.

Following damage by flooding in 2015, the government arranged for the rehabilitation of the scheme, with funds from the World Bank, again expanding it. It will be operating in the 2017 dry season for the first time.

Gibson expansion

Prior to this, the Agricultural Projects Committee formed in December 2016 to work with Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) specifically on these projects asked for help with covering the water settlement tank to protect it for the purpose of drinking. We provided funds for this and the work was completed early in 2017.



Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) will provide seed money for loans for fertilizer for 100 families making use of the irrigation scheme in the dry season.

Jones set up fish ponds along the route of the water supply for the original irrigation project.

Here he is explaining about the fish farms where Chambo - a large fish found in Lake Malawi - is raised.

The initial fingerlings (small fish) were purchased with funds from the UK.

Jones at the fish farm
Now the adult fish are breeding, fingerlings are transferred to a second pool to provide the next stock of fish.
Fingerlings pool

A third pool is also used to fatten the fish.


Chambo pools



The Mbewa Self-Help Project (UK) raises funds for projects in Mbewa Village, Malawi.