Origin and Background
Total LandCare (TLC) was founded in 1999 by Trent Bunderson, Zwide Jere and Ian Hayes to sustain and expand the successful agricultural and natural resource management programs of a 12-year project funded by USAID – the Malawi Agroforestry Extension Project. Initially the 3 founders linked TLC to Washington State University through Trent Bunderson’s long term affiliation as an associate professor and representative for development programs in Africa. This was short-lived and TLC was registered as a non-profit, non-governmental organization in Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Tanzania. In 2011, TLC was registered in Switzerland as TLC Global to diversify funding opportunities.
Mission and Objectives
TLC’s mission is to improve the livelihoods and standards of living of smallholder farm households across the region. Program design and implementation involve an integrated community-based approach to address basic needs and challenges identified with communities. These include low agricultural production and diversification, food insecurity, poor nutrition, vulnerability to variable weather and climate change, limited access to capital, credit, inputs and markets, high incidence of common diseases due to lack of potable water and sanitation, increasing shortages of wood for fuel and building needs, and the degradation of natural resources from population growth and poor land-use practices. The key concept is to instill responsibility among rural communities and households to tackle their own needs, with special emphasis on building resilience to climate change. TLC facilitates this process by collaborating with communities to conduct a needs assessment and to evaluate land-use practices, crops, and livestock best suited to the agro-ecologies and interests of different beneficiaries. This is followed by developing community-based action plans that involve various interventions to address different needs. The ultimate aim is to establish a foundation of knowledge, skills and resources to enable the transition from subsistence survival to business-based livelihoods that can grow and prosper. Further details about TLC’s approach and development activities are provided under Profile in the main menu.
Funding and Collaboration
Public funding is secured through competitive and non-competitive grants and contracts awarded by donor agencies such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Royal Norwegian Embassy (RNE), Britain’s Department for International Development (DfID), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), the European Union and the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO).
Funding from the private sector has been attracted to implement social responsibility programs with corporations and foundations such as The Coca Cola Company, Altria Group, Philip Morris International, Japan Tobacco, and the Foundation for Eliminating Child Labor in Tobacco.
TLC projects in Malawi are located in the districts of Karonga, Chitipa, Rumphi, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Ntchisi, Dowa, Mchinji, Salima, Lilongwe, Dedza, Ntcheu, Balaka, Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba, Mulanje,Thyolo, Blantyre,Chiladzuru, Chikwawa and Nsanje.
Projects in Tanzania are located in the Morogoro Mtwara Regions (moved from Tabora).
In Mozambique, projects are located in the districts of Angonia, Macanga, Chifunde, Domue & Tsangano in Tete Province.
In Zambia, TLC projects are located in districts of Chipata and Mwame of Eastern Province; Kasama, Mungwi and Mbala of Northern Province; Mansa, Mwense, Luwingu and Kamwambwa of Luapula Province and Mpika in Muchinga Province.