2013 Reflections on NMT

In the last edition of the parish magazine David Emmott explained how, when he lived and farmed there, he introduced the new crop of macadamia nuts to Malawi in 1992. In 2004, some time after his retirement to Harwood Dale, David set up the Neno Macadamia Trust to help support small holder macadamia growers in Malawi?s Neno district and he asked me to be one of the trustees, along with (amongst others) Pat Burrows and Charles Pople. After 9 years Pat and I have recently stood down as David?s son, Andrew, is now chairman and a new group of trustees is being formed in the Bedford area where he lives. At such a time it is perhaps interesting to look back and review what has been achieved so far with the help of St Mary?s & Holy Apostles PCC and other generous donors.

The main focus has always been helping the new smallholder growers? group (NESMAC) to get established to the point where a viable crop can be gathered and marketed locally, regionally and inter-nationally. To this end a number of British agricultural students and consultants were funded to go to Neno to advise and assist the farmers. A thriving plant nursery was established where root stock could be grown and hybrid plants grafted and brought on before being distributed to growers. NMT purchased a small tractor for the nursery as well as helping to acquire a truck, and later a car, for the development workers. An Australian scientist has been working on a new variety of dwarf macadamia trees (which will be much easier to manage) and NMT funded some of the research and transport costs.
br/>In about 2006 a large grant was secured from the Scottish Executive which was used to fund further development work in Neno and two other districts, and part of this was used to build a new holding warehouse and offices for NESMAC. When this funding ceased NMT filled the gap and funded NESMAC staff wages and other costs for almost 2 years. NMT also helped support two multi-skilled volunteers, David and Vanessa Maskell, who lived and worked in Neno for nearly two years.

As well as working with the macadamia farmers David Maskell started to teach a number of local men basic wood turning and carpentry skills and from this a temporary skills training centre was established. NMT provided the building, machinery and tools and an American organisation, Partners in Health (PIH) provided the trainer. This led to NMT raising nearly ?30,000 to build a permanent Vocational Training Centre which was opened in June 2011. Every year now up to 10 local young people (many orphaned through AIDS) are trained in carpentry skills by PIH; on graduation they are given their own tool kit and either set up a business in their village or, increasingly, find work with one of the utilities companies that are rapidly moving into the area.

NMT has worked with two UK charities that refurbish second hand tools for such projects, Tools With A Mission (TWAM) and TfSR (Tools for Self Reliance), to send out regular supplies of these tools. NMT is delighted that TfSR has recently entered into a long-term support agreement with PIH to supply and ship tool kits annually.

Certainly the highlight of my time as an NMT trustee was in 2010 when I visited Neno, along with Nick and Liz Marshall and my eldest son Simon. It was a fascinating, exciting, humbling experience, not spoiled by the fact that our return journey was delayed by a week due to the Icelandic volcano eruption; as a consequence we spent over 100 hours stuck in Nairobi airport. But that?s another story!

As NMT moves on to a new stage in its work with new trustees I wish it and them the very best and pray for its continuing success in improving the prosperity of the macadamia farmers of Neno, Malawi.

Trevor King 22/11/13

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