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Agricultural Investment Pay-Offs The Malawi case
Presentation made at "Partnership to cut hunger and poverty in Africa", Washington DC
12 May 2009
Idrissa M Mwale


Mr Idrissa Mwale Overview of Malawi
  • Malawi's population: 13.1 million
  • Land area: 118,484 km2
  • Per capita income: US$170 (2006) one of the lowest
  • Agriculture: economy agro-based
    • Over 80% of export earnings
    • Contributes 38% GDP
    • Supports 85% the population
  • Smallholder farming (3.4 million) 75% of agricultural production
  • Dominated by rain-fed maize farming
Sectoral policies
  • Mandate of the Ministry of Agriculture: to promote and accelerate broad-based, sustainable agricultural development policies to enhance economic growth and contribute to poverty reduction
  • Farm Input Subsidy Programme is one of them

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