Malawi

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
4.89
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Malawi
Poverty
60.6
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions
Stunting
47.5
Percent
Percentage of children under 5 suffering from stunting in Feed the Future target regions
Rural
84
Percent
Percentage of population living in rural Malawi (World Bank, 2012)
GDP
4.3
Percent
Annual GDP growth. Agriculture accounts for 30 percent of added value (World Bank, 2011)
Farmers
47.7
Thousand
Producers using new technology and skills with Feed the Future’s help in FY13
Finance
3.4
Million
Value of loans extended to farmers and agribusinesses in FY13
Nutrition
1.7
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY13 across Malawi
Land
18.7
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY13
Investment
147
Thousand
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY13
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 (GDP) and employs 80 percent of Malawi’s population. However, only 10-15 percent of smallholders are marketing grain each year. A litany of challenges,

Results by the numbers*

  • More than 47,700 farmers and other producers applied new technologies and management practices for the first time on more than 18,700 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help
  • Feed the Future helped farmers and agribusinesses access $3.39 million (USD) in loans to aggregate and market their harvests, grow their businesses and improve their food security.
  • Feed the Future leveraged more than $147,000 (USD) in new private investment in food and agriculture in Malawi.
  • U.S. Government nutrition programs reached

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. Agency for International Development works closely with the European Union to support the Government of Malawi in implementing their New Alliance for Food Security and

USAID activities in Malawi:

  • Integrating Nutrition in Value Chains
  • Mobile Money Acceleration Program
  • Malawi Agriculture Policy Strengthening (MAPS)
  • Strengthening Evidence-Based Agriculture Policy (SEBAP)
  • Borlaug Higher Education Agricultural Research and Development (BHEARD)
  • Support for Service Delivery Integration (SSDI)
  • U.S.-India-Africa Trilateral Agriculture Innovations Partnership
  • Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security (DCAFS) Coordinator
  • Famine and Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)
  • Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services

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Target Regions

Map of target regions for Feed the Future investment in Malawi