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Malawi is an agrarian-based economy which largely depends on its abundant environment and natural resources for economic development. More than half of its population live in extreme poverty and experience food insecurity in at least one month of the year, mostly relying on forestbased natural resources raw materials for biomass energy and income1. The deforestation rate in Malawi is one of the highest in Africa at 35% and this has contributed to prolonged dry spells, severe droughts, and floods, putting a lot of pressure on the country’s few natural resources. Through the delivery of technical advice, advocacy and knowledge products (KP), The PovertyEnvironment Action for Sustainable Development Goals (PEA) which is a� joint UNDP-UN Environment, FAO, and UN Women� in collaboration with the Ministry of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reform build on the Poverty and Environment Initiative (PEI) to support the government in the implementation of core government businesses, policies and plans in the environment, natural resources (ENR) and related sectors. The aim is to leverage agricultural production and gender equality to help build resilience of households to shocks and to address food security and poverty alleviation through the sustainable management of the environment and natural resources of the country.