Malawi

Feed the Future Country Fact Sheet

Country Profile
Malawi
In Malawi, Feed the Future is targeting investments in specific regions for maximum impact. These statistics reflect the realities of Malawi and the results of Feed the Future’s work there.
Population
4.9
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Malawi (rural)
Poverty
66.7
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions (rural)
Stunting
49.2
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions (rural)
Rural
84
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Malawi (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
5
Percent
Annual GDP growth; agriculture accounts for 27% of added value (World Bank, 2013)
Farmers
198
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY14
Sales
$1.8
Million
New income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY14 from agricultural product sales
Nutrition
2
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY14 across Malawi
Land
44
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY14
Investment
$1.5
Million
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY14
Malawi has elevated agriculture and nutrition as key national policy priorities

The Government of Malawi has elevated agriculture and nutrition as key national policy priorities. The country has demonstrated leadership through stable governance and economic growth. However, high population density and growth, along with a single rainy season per year, pose distinct challenges that make Malawi’s agricultural growth precarious and make the country chronically susceptible to food insecurity.

The agriculture sector represents over 38 percent of gross domestic product and employs 80 percent of Malawi’s population. However, only 10-15 percent of smallholders are marketing grain each year. A litany of challenges, including small land holdings, a poorly developed seed

Results by the numbers

  • More than 197,700 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on their farms last year with Feed the Future’s help.
  • Producers applied improved technologies and management practices on 44,350 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help last year.
  • Feed the Future-supported farmers and producers increased the value of their agricultural product sales last year by more than $1.8 million.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than

Malawi’s Comprehensive African Agriculture Development Program Country Investment Plan outlines the Government of Malawi’s plans to address food insecurity and spur agriculture-led growth. The Government of Malawi has developed a National Nutrition Policy and Strategic Plan that is closely linked with this plan. Together, these plans coordinate food security programming at the national and community levels.

The U.S. Government works closely with the European Union to support the Government of Malawi in implementing the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Cooperation Framework. This framework brings together the government, private

Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Malawi.

  • Agriculture Sector-Wide Approach Multi-Donor Trust Fund
  • Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD)
  • Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security (DCAFS) Coordinator
  • Enabling Agricultural Trade
  • Famine and Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Climate-Resilient Beans
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Assets and Market Access
  • Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Grain

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