Malawi. The warm heart of Africa.
Malawi is a small country with a population under 17,000,000. Yet it has incredible potential as a emerging economy and leading society in southern Africa. Around 85% of the population live in rural areas. The economy is based on agriculture, and more than one-third of GDP and 90% of export revenues come from this.
The numerous mountains, valleys and rivers offer breathtaking and spectacular scenery. Malawi's climate is generally subtropical. A rainy season runs from November through April. There is little to no rainfall throughout most of the country from May to October. It is hot and humid from October to April along the lake and in the Lower Shire Valley.
Despite its great potential, Malawi remains one of the world’s poorest countries. According to the United Nations Human Development Report for 2009, about 74 per cent of the population still lives below the income poverty line of US$1.25 a day and 90 per cent below the US$2 a day threshold. The proportion of poor and ultra-poor is highest in rural areas of the southern and northern parts of the country.