NKHOTAKOTA DISTRICT IN MALAWI: A TOURISM AND AGRICULTURAL HUB

Nkhotakota, a district in the central region of Malawi, is making strides towards sustainable development. The district, located on the shores of Lake Malawi, is implementing various projects aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Transforming into a Tourism City

The Nkhotakota District Council is working to promote tourism by collaborating with the Export Development Fund (EDF) to conduct a feasibility study for potential opportunities in the tourism sector. The district’s location, surrounded by a lake and a national game reserve, makes it an ideal tourist destination. This initiative aligns with SDG 9, which promotes the development of resilient infrastructure, sustainable industrialization, and innovation. It also aligns with SDG 11, which advocates for the creation of sustainable cities and communities. The transformation aligns with the national development agenda’s third pillar, urbanization.

The Council believes that this transformation will contribute to national economic development through job creation, tourism development, and improved GDP per capita for Nkhotakota residents. The current upgrading of the M5 road by the central government is expected to facilitate tourism development.

Mega farms for enhanced agricultural production

In the agricultural sector, the Council is establishing mega farms to enhance the production of various crops. These farms will supply raw materials for agro-processing in the Industrial Park. The crops include maize, sugarcane, groundnuts, industrial hemp, and others. This project aligns with SDG 2, which seeks to end hunger through massive and innovative production. The council envisions ending hunger by establishing mega farms, creating jobs, and supporting anchor farmers with modern farming technologies.

Farming is a key part of the local economy in Nkhotakota, which yields a variety of crops including rice, groundnuts, beans, maize, sugarcane, and others. The development of these mega farms is expected to greatly benefit smallholder farmers by providing them access to technology and increasing their productivity.

These initiatives by the Nkhotakota District Council are not only backed by the SDGs but also align with the National policy’s plan for the creation of secondary cities and smart cities, contributing to the attainment of Agenda 2030.