Malawi Food for Progress
Malawi rice field

Malawi's economy is largely dependent on agriculture, with more than 86 percent of the country's 13 million people relying on farming for their livelihoods. Farming systems are dominated by smallholders and they produce almost three-quarters of the country's total agricultural production. However, costly agricultural inputs, frequent weather shocks, and poor infrastructure have stifled agricultural productivity. The people of Salima and Nkhotakota districts, located along Lake Malawi, are poor and in need of assets and capacity building to improve their productivity.

Land O'Lakes International Development is helping to improve productivity in these two districts by expanding irrigation opportunities and taking market-based, private sector-led approaches to revitalize the agricultural sector. Over four years, we will partner with the private sector to increase the profit potential in the small livestock, rice and cassava value chains through a Food for Progress (FFP) program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Proceeds from the sale of 9,920 metric tons (MT) of wheat and 3,200 MT of soybean oil will go towards this program that will also help strengthen the capacity of farmer organization's, and improve agribusiness and support services.

Through this program, 51,000 farmers, particularly female farmers, will learn about best production practices and improved technologies, and the importance of maintaining a diverse diet and safe hygiene practices. Over 200 farmer associations will be trained in Land O'Lakes AgPro, which was developed under the Cooperative Development Program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). This will build up their commercialization capacities and enhance market linkages that will give them greater negotiating power to demand higher prices for their products. Land O'Lakes will engage financial service providers to increase access to insurance, credit and other financial services for smallholder farmers.

To download a fact sheet about our work in Malawi, click here.

To learn more about our work through USDA-funded Food for Progress programs, click here.

For more information on this program, please contact:

In Malawi:
Malcolm Hatley
Chief of Party
Telephone: +265-1-753-341

In the U.S.:
Alan Isaac
Program Manager
Telephone: +1-651-375-5110
Fax: +1-651-375-5144

Jill LaLonde
Program Specialist
Telephone: +1-651-375-5937
Fax: +1-651-375-5144
E-mail: JCLaLonde@landolakes.com