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
5.2
Million
Number of people living in Feed the Future target regions in Malawi (rural)
Poverty
54.5
Percent
Percentage of people living in poverty in Feed the Future target regions (rural)
Stunting
42.3
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
5.4
Percent
Annual GDP growth (World Bank, 2015)
Farmers
314
Thousand
Producers using new technology and practices with Feed the Future’s help in FY15
Sales
$5.8
Million
Income earned by Feed the Future farmers in FY15 from agricultural sales
Nutrition
3
Million
Children under 5 reached with nutrition help in FY15 across Malawi
Land
54
Thousand
Hectares tended with improved technologies or management practices in FY15
Investment
$340
Thousand
New private investment leveraged by Feed the Future in FY15
Malawi has elevated agriculture and nutrition as key national policy priorities

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)

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