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Gibson Mphepo

University of Malawi

I am a PhD scholar under the T-LEARNING research project coordinated by Professor Heila Lotz-Sisitka at Rhodes University. My main research question is 'How do drought and inter-seasonal dry spells influence informal learning processes for resilience building among rural women cultivating maize in the Lake Chilwa Basin, Malawi?' The study researches the potential role of informal learning (focusing on local knowledge practices) to help change from incremental (business as usual) to transformation adaptation, using a case study approach at the Lake Chilwa Basin (Malawi). The lake is a fragile ecosystem and a wetland of international importance (a Man and Biosphere Reserve and a Ramsar Site). The lake is prone to drought and dry spells since the 1800s and is a source of livelihoods for over 1.4 million people.