The Shire-Vec project will focus its research on the Shire Valley Transformation programme (SVTP), a new 40,000-hectare irrigation scheme, which began construction in 2020 based in the districts of Chikwawa and Nsanje in the southern region of Malawi. The Shire-Vec project will investigate how the new irrigation scheme affects VBDs like malaria and schistosomiasis and their influence on smallholder farming practices. The Shire-Vec project will offer practical solutions to manage the impact of the SVTP across both public health and agriculture.
In this collaboration, AFIDEP is leading efforts to integrate VBD management into Malawi’s agricultural and irrigation policy.
The Shire-Vec project is a research collaboration between: