Floney Kawaye

PhD Scholar
Fenner School of Environment & Society

Floney is currently a PhD Scholar at the Fenner School of Environment and Society, the College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University. She is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA). She completed her Master of Environmental Management (MEnvMan) in the field of Natural Resource Management at the University of Queensland (Australia) in 2008. Her research project was entitled “Potential Impacts of Climate Change on Lake Malawi Fisheries and their Management”. Floney obtained her Bachelor of Environmental Science and Technology (B.Sc. Environ. Sc. Tech.) at the University of Malawi - The Malawi Polytechnic in 2000.

After her Msc Floney worked as a lecturer at University of Malawi -The Polytechnic. She has an extensive teaching and research experience in Environmental Sciences, Sustainable Development, Environmental Chemistry, Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Auditing, Water Treatment and Waste Water Management. Floney have held leadership roles including Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and head of the Chemistry Section in the Department of Physics and Biochemical Sciences, both at the University of Malawi - The Malawi Polytechnic.

Floney has also been an advocate on a voluntary capacity. She is an environmental conservation and protection advocate, through her production and presentation of a Malawian radio program called "Zachilengedwe" (the environment). As scientist role model, she advocates for girl child education in Malawi under a non-governmental organisation called Forum for African Women Educationalists – Malawi (FAWEMA).


  • Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Scholarship 2013
  • Fenner School of Environment and Society (ANU) Supplementary  Scholarship 2013
  • Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (ALAF) – AusAID 2012
  • United Nations University (UNU) Fellowship 2010
  • Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) Scholarship 2007


Research interests

  • Environmental management
  • Sustainable development
  • Water resources management
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Food security improvement.

Current research

Assessing agricultural adaptation and performance under a changing climate in Malawi: Implications for the Green Belt Initiative (GBI) and Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP)

Malawi largely relies on rain fed agriculture for socio-economic development. Currently, the agriculture sector is facing major challenges due to the impacts of climate change among many. Adaptation in the Malawi agriculture is required to improve agricultural production and enhance food security under a changing climate. The Government of Malawi is therefore investing in dryland agriculture through the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) and in irrigation agriculture through the Green Belt Initiative (GBI) project. The performance of adaptation options needs to be assessed to maximize climate change opportunities and minimise climate change threats. This assessment can help to effectively design and plan future adaptation strategies.

The current study employs both qualitative and quantitative approaches to assess the performance of FISP and the GBI with respect to their social, economic and ecological consequences. The quantitative analysis will be carried out by modelling the Malawi climate and its impact on the production of the main staple food crops (including maize, cassava and sweet potatoes) across the whole country. Methods for the quantitative analyses include ANUSPLIN, ANUCLIM and GROWEST. The qualitative analysis for the social research will be performed by NVivo software.