July 2017 NMT Chair visits HIMACUL Malawi

NMT Chair met with Ken Mkengala of HIMACUL. Work included developing plans for macadamia tree surveying and investigating progress of tree planting and care of macadamia trees in difficult and changing climatic conditions.
They investigated progress of small holder macadamia agroforestry visiting Chikwatula & Tatandizani Cooperatives.

Pictured is Ken checking macadamia fields with a cooperative farmer.

Macadamia flowers, soon to bear fruit from a cooperative farmer's field

Meeting with cooperative group to discuss progress and issues
They met with Ntchisi coop leaders discussing current difficulties and ways of encouraging more macadamia tree planting. A serious issue involves tree death from termite attack. It has increased, possibly due to global El Niño effects as termites search other food sources.
Cooperative farmers had found that using strong urine around tree trunks was effective at deterring termite attack of trees.

Ken, Andrew and Dan Binks of Liberation Foods (U.K.) visited the Thyolo Nut Company processing factory, a high tech facility for processing macadamia nuts.

Staff at the Thyolo Nut Company factory
Uses of the by-products of the processing, including the macadamia shells, are developed including biochar which is used for fertilising macadmia trees to improve tree strength and crop yields.

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May 2018 NMT Chair reviews work in Malawi and extends cookstove development

NMT Chair visits HIMACUL reviewing the tree planting and nut drying work and also extending the cookstove development with an MSc student from Imperial College.
If you would like to support macadamia tree planting in Malawi please consider donating here

December 2017 Macadamia nuts grown in West Malawi within 2½ years

Wonderful news from Home of Hope in West Malawi, where macadamia nuts have grown successfully with careful farming and where the altitude helps macadamia trees to grow well. It is generally thought that macadamia trees need 4 years before they can bear fruit, but with the right conditions and care fruit can be produced within 2½ years. This is has been achieved by a partnership between NMT, HIMACUL and the Home of Hope.

September 2017 Ken from HIMACUL spends week with NMT, U.K.

An intense week working with Ken of HIMACUL included an Evening with NMT at Moggerhanger Park and planning future work in Malawi.

July 2017 NMT Chair visits HIMACUL Malawi

NMT Chair Andrew Emmott visited Malawi working with Liberation Foods (U.K.) and HIMACUL.

May 2017 Encouraging HIMACUL visit to Home of Hope

Ken Mkengala of HIMACUL visited Home of Hope to see the progress of macadamia planting and also to pick up skills for building the biochar producing cookstoves.

May 2017 Open University Innovation & International Development Article

Article published by www.open.ac.uk/ikd describes some of NMT's work following a seminar presented by NMT Trustees at The Open University, UK.
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March 2017 The Puddin Club, Bedford, supports NMT during Fairtrade Fortnight

The Puddin Club, Bedford, is using Fairtrade ingredients for its puddings, coffees and teas & is supporting NMT during Fairtrade Fortnight.
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January 2017 NMT chair Andrew Emmott provides food safety information at European Commision

NMT chair Andrew Emmott contributed to European Commission future research and innovation needs on agricultural systems and nutrition in Africa. Links and slides of the work are available.
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December 2016 Launch of Nutalious supporting NMT and macadamia small holders in Malawi

www.nutalicious.com was launched selling high quality personalised nut and dried fruit gifts with their sales supporting small holder macadamia farmers in Malawi through NMT.
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August 2016 NMT - Youth Group visit to Home of Hope Malawi

NMT trustee Will Rawes visited the Home of Hope - Malawi, to build on Alan's work with the solid fuel cook stove.
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July 2016 Imperial College MSc student installs and tests efficient cook stove at Home of Hope

Alan, an MSc student from Imperial College, is partly supported by NMT in a project to develop practical and efficient cook stoves fueled by any solid fuel, including macadamia nut shells and maize cobs.
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2016 Successful NMT work at Mchinji Home of Hope

NMT has supported Ken Mkengala who has now successfully established a young macadamia tree nursery at the Mchinji Home of Hope.
Ken is now training nursery men to establish and develop the nursery.

January 2016 Ken describes benefits of macadamia trees

#Inanutshell video clips from Ken of HIMACUL, Malawi, describing some of the many benefits of planting macadamia trees, including long-term food provision, ground shade and economic benefits.

June 2015 NMT Chairman finds out about practical small holder charcoal production

Andrew visited Nicaragua meeting small holders who have developed simple metal wood burners that produce high quality charcoal which can use macadamia nut shells as fuel.
Fuel provision like this will be very important in Malawi.

NMT chairman Andrew Emmott provides aflatoxin awareness training in Malawi and Mozambique

In January and July 2015 NMT Chairman, Andrew Emmott visited Malawi and Mozambique running training workshops about the hazards of aflatoxins in staple foods and developing safe harvesting and storage practices.

David Emmott Tribute

David Robert Emmott 1931-2015 died peacefully at home on 29th January 2015.
Loving husband to Sue, devoted father to Dee, Rob and Andrew and much loved grandfather. Friend to so many.
The funeral and celebration service for David's life was held at St Mary's Church, Scarborough at on Tuesday 17th February.

January 2015 NMT Chairman visits Malawi and meets with HIMACUL manager Ken Mkangala

NMT Chairman A. Emmott visits Lilongwe, Malawi, presenting information about crop storage to improve food safety. Some HIMACUL farmers intercrop with groundnuts and Ken attended the meeting to share their experience.

August 2014 Trustees meet with HIMACUL manager Ken Mkangala in Malawi

NMT Trustees Andrew Emmott and Will Rawes visited Malawi and met Ken Mkangala, manager of HIMACUL. In Ntchisi District they visited smallholder farmers, seeing the progress in setting up and maintaining macadamia nurseries. Later Ken and Will met at the Home of Hope, Mchinji, to organise a tree nursery for the home.

December 2013 Food Security - Scottish Malawi Partnership 2nd December Bulletin

Food Security - In October news reports suggest 77,000 people are facing food shortages in the Neno District. So far 14,041 households have been targeting for maize distribution so there are some people still in need of food.

2013 Reflections on NMT

2013 Trustee Trevor King reflects on working with the Neno Macadamia Trust and visiting Neno, Malawi. He provides an overview of NMT activities over the last few years.

April 2012 The Big Sing - Saturday 28th April from 7pm

A concert by the York SDA Gospel Singers including musicians from Hull and Doncaster and poetry reading from Malawian poet Dr Jack Mapanje to raise vital funds for the Neno Macadamia Trust.

Febraury 2012 NMT appeals for support to assist with repair to the Neno warehouse.

Storage depot update: As a result of heavy rain and strong winds some of the roof was blown off on 15th February.

2011 New macadamia nut storage depot built

New macadamia nut storage depot completed in 2011 thanks to funds donated from Scotland.

2011 National Nut Day 22 October

The National Nut Day on 22nd October is being promoted by Liberation Foods, the Fairtrade nut company.

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