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
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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.
Browse the resources below for more information on U.S. Government support of food security and nutrition in Malawi.