Malawi has benefited from decades of peace and security and 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 only a single rainy season per year, pose distinct challenges that make Malawi’s agricultural growth precarious and make the country susceptible to food insecurity.
The agriculture sector represents over 30 percent of gross domestic product and employs 80 percent of Malawi’s population. However, only 10 to 15 percent of smallholders sell grain each year. A litany of
Results by the Numbers
Nearly 314,000 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 nearly 54,000 hectares of land with Feed the Future’s help.
Feed the Future-supported producers sold agricultural products valued at nearly $5.8 million
Malawi’s Comprehensive Africa 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. 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,
Feed the Future supports the following programs, partnerships and organizations in Malawi.
Africa Research for Sustainable Intensification for the Next Generation (Africa RISING)
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
Famine and Early Warning Systems Network (FEWSNET)