Cost of the Gender Gap in Agricultural Productivity in Malawi

Despite the slew of statistics about the importance of women’s participation in agriculture to feed a growing population, particularly in Africa south of the Sahara, details about the agricultural work women do and their specific constraints are not always elaborated on at the country level. We know, for example, that women comprise a large proportion >> Read more

Key lessons from the High-Level Compact2025 Forum: Moving from Relief to Resilience

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) hosted the Compact2025 Malawi Forum in Lilongwe, calling upon stakeholders from across Ministries, development and research organizations, and civil society to discuss how Malawi can accelerate progress in moving from food relief to building food system resilience. The Compact2025 initiative aims to end hunger >> Read more

Policy Note 30: Traditional Leadership and Social Support in Southern Malawi

Food and nutrition security remains elusive in Malawi, particularly for rural, agrarian communities affected by seasonal shocks, climate change and land scarcity. Many state and donor-led social support programs exist to help villagers cope with these shocks, but less is known about informal community support systems. Policy Note 30 presents qualitative findings on the role of >> Read more

Defining and building resilience in Malawi: how Compact2025 can help

On October 31, 2017, the International Food Policy Research Institute will host the 2017 Compact2025 Forum, “Moving from Relief to Resilience: Achieving Sustainable Food Security for Malawi” at the Bingu International Conference Center in Lilongwe. In August, the Government of Malawi published the National Resilience Plan, to be followed by the forthcoming National Resilience Strategy. >> Read more

Malawi GHI 2017: Sustained improvement yet persistent hunger

Last week, IFPRI, Welthungerhilfe, and Concern Worldwide launched the 2017 Global Hunger Index. The Global Hunger Index (GHI) is a tool developed to comprehensively measure and track hunger at global, regional and national levels. Each year, the GHI is calculated and used to measure progress. By tracking progress over time, we hope the GHI can >> Read more

Compact2025 Forum in Malawi: Moving From Relief to Resilience

Hunger and undernutrition impose enormous human and economic costs, not only increasing disease and death for millions, but also reducing global gross domestic product by US$1.4–2.1 trillion a year. Yet the tools to end them by 2025 are within our grasp. Compact2025 is an initiative launched in November 2015, which aims to end hunger and undernutrition >> Read more

Discussion Paper 1673: Capacity and Accountability in the Agricultural Extension System in Malawi

The government of Malawi is in the process of reviewing its national extension policy and developing an effective extension strategy, all while implementing and monitoring extension activities under its National Agriculture Policy. A newly published IFPRI Discussion Paper, Capacity and Accountability in the Agricultural Extension System in Malawi: Insights from a Survey of Service Providers in 15 Districts, >> Read more

Policy Note 29: The Case for Structured Markets in Malawi

A new IFPRI-Malawi Policy Note examines the types and potential contributions of structured markets—organized and formal places where farmers, traders, processors, millers, banks and others may enter into regulated trading and financial arrangements. Structured markets are being promoted by the Government of Malawi as a solution to inefficiencies in the crop export market. Currently, exporters from Malawi do not >> Read more

Policy Note 28: Priorities for Irrigation Investment in Malawi

With an already high (and fast growing) population, a high dependence on rain-fed agriculture, and high vulnerability to the effects of climate change, Malawi's food security status is at risk, especially if strategies to enhance food production under a changing climate are not prioritized. Irrigation offers a key solution to food insecurity in the face >> Read more

Discussion Paper 1653: Does Providing Agricultural and Nutrition Information to Both Men and Women Improve Household Food Security? Evidence from Malawi

Malawi is among the countries in Africa south of the Sahara where millions of smallholder farmers rely on agriculture to ensure their families’ livelihoods, yet low land productivity, inadequate agricultural inputs, labor limitations, and erratic rains translate into widespread food shortages, hunger, and poverty. Particularly in Malawi, poverty, food insecurity, and undernutrition remain significant problems >> Read more