Malawi: crop quality improved and access to food increased (Eldis)

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The Strategic Development Programme in Malawi: crop quality improved and access to food increased

Authors: S.W. Bie; S. Phiri
Publisher: Norwegian University of Life Sciences, 2010

This report is a mid-term review of the Strategic Development Programme, developed by the National Smallholder Farmers’ Association (NASFAM) of Malawi. The authors state that the second phase of the programme is largely satisfactory, and it has progressed well, albeit unevenly.

The paper presents the following findings:

  • the programme has made appreciable progress in improving crop quality especially in the groundnut sector, as well as maize and rice production and marketing
  • the activities and outputs under the “Improved Crop Quality and Quantity” feature have had positive impacts on the livelihood of NASFAM farmer members and the communities in which they operate
  • whilst HIV/AIDS rates and associated AIDS-related diseases may not have been reduced significantly, better access to food has been achieved
  • progress has been made in physical infrastructural development for the associations, as well as in increasing and diversifying farmers’ income sources through income generating projects
  • noticeable progress has been made in capacity development of the associations on technical, organisational, business and managerial issues
  • substantial progress has been made in promoting gender equality and increased participation of women in associations’ programmes as well as within their governance structures.



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Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.