62%Live below the poverty line
84%Live in rural areas
14%Children under 5 are malnourished
Malawi is ranked as 170 out of 187 countries according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index. Almost 62 percent of its 16 million people live on $1.25 a day or less, and 14 percent of its children under five are malnourished.
Eighty-four percent of Malawi’s population live in rural areas, yet only 61 percent of its land area is used for agricultural purposes, while another 20 percent is covered by Lake Malawi.
Livestock plays an important role in meeting some of Malawi’s challenges and alleviating food insecurity. Apart from providing food and income, livestock also provides manure, milk and value- added materials such as hides. Some of Malawi’s biggest challenges, according to the U.N., include inadequate financial resources, high population growth, environmental degradation, inadequate health care, over dependence on rain-fed agriculture and HIV/AIDS.
Our Work In Malawi
In 2008, the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security, requested we establish ourselves in Malawi. We opened a country office in Lilongwe and our first project was in the dairy sector, which we implemented in conjunction with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Our current projects have mainly been implemented within the broader integrated agriculture framework where dairy cattle, meat and dairy goats and poultry are being promoted among targeted smallholder farmers.
Leadership training, Full Participation
Village savings and loans, High-quality livestock, Value chain access, Crop diversification
HIV/AIDS training, 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development, Passing on the Gift®, Youth, Community organizing
Vegetable gardening, Dietary diversification
Reforestation, Improved cookstoves Agroforestry, Agroecology, Climate change adaptation, Disaster risk reduction, Water conservation
Programs and Projects
CDSP:Central Dairy Scale-up Project
ECRP:Enhanced Community Resilience Program
MDIP:Matapwata Dairy Improvement Project
MLID:Mchinji Livelihood Improvement Project
MSDD II:Malawi Smallholder Dairy Development Project Phase 2
SALFP:Sustainable Agriculture Lead Farmer Program