+++ News: Cyclone "Freddy" destroys livelihood of hundreds of thousands of people. A long-lasting tropical storm, which formed in February 2023, has caused severe flooding in Malawi and neighboring Madagascar and Mozambique. The landlocked African country has been the hardest hit: The disaster management authority has reported more than 500 fatalities, and more than 500,000 people have been affected by the storm.+++ Most of the approximately 19 million residents of Malawi make their living as smallholders in rural areas. The landlocked southern African country is combating the effects of the recurring climate phenomenon of El Niño. Wide swathes of the country regularly suffer extreme droughts, while other areas experience heavy rainfall. Both result in crop failures.