Announcing New USAID Initiative to Support Agricultural Policy

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The Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation, and Water Development is leading many of the high-level policy reforms that the government of Malawi committed to in 2013 under the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition in Malawi. The new USAID/Malawi initiative, the New Alliance Policy Acceleration Support: Malawi project (NAPAS:Malawi), will enable staff from the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy project (FSP) to provide policy advisory support to MoAIWD to better enable the government of Malawi achieve these policy reforms.

FSP is an applied global agriculture and food security policy research project funded by the Bureau of Food Security of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and implemented by Michigan State University, the International Food Policy Research Institute, and the University of Pretoria. Using additional financial resources provided by USAID/Malawi through the NAPAS:Malawi project, two FSP staff members—Dr. Flora Nankhuni, Senior Policy Advisor and Dr. Athur Mabiso, Policy Analyst—have been placed within the Department of Agricultural Planning Services (DAPS) to work for three years.

The twin objectives of the NAPAS:Malawi project are to improve the agriculture investment climate in Malawi and to enable increased commercialization of Malawi’s agricultural sector. In order to enable substantial progress to be made towards these objectives, the project has three technical components:

  1. Provide technical support for policy formulation;
  2. Engage in communication activities to inform debate on agriculture and food security policy issues, and
  3. Address gaps in analytical expertise constraining agricultural policy reform.

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