Vacancy Announcement: Seeking two qualified Research Analysts

The International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA)- Malawi is seeking two qualified candidates to serve as a Research Analysts attached to IFPRI Malawi's Strategy Support Program based in Lilongwe. Initial contracts will be for a period of one year. These are research positions requiring a Master's degree in Agricultural/Development Economics or related field, plus 3-5 years >> Read more

Malawi’s new reality: Fall Armyworm is here to stay – Part 1

This blog series examines the current state of the Fall Armyworm outbreak which has spread across nearly the whole of Africa. In Part 1, we take a closer look at the damage, especially on the maize crop, in Malawi as well as the immediate response. In Part 2, we consider why a short-term response alone >> Read more

Why is adoption of conservation agriculture still a hard sell in Malawi?

This blog post is based on an interview with Dr. Patrick Ward, research fellow in the Environment and Production Technology Division at IFPRI and Dr. Klaus Droppelman, process facilitator at the Institute for People, Innovation and Change in Organisations (PICOTEAM), following an end-of-project workshop held in Lilongwe on January 16-17, 2018. Smallholder farmers—in Malawi and >> Read more

Project Note: How much did the maize export ban cost Malawi?

In a new MaSSP Project Note, IFPRI Malawi estimated the potential lost revenue of Malawi's export ban on maize following the 2016/17 harvesting season. Researchers estimated K69billion as the sum of gross revenue local traders could have earned, were they permitted to export their maize to Kigali, Rwanda. The sum was estimated as up to K54billion >> 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

Learning before the next humanitarian crisis: A review of the 2016-17 Food Insecurity Response Program in Malawi

Devastation hits Malawi Unfortunately, 2015 and 2016 were not good years for Malawi or our neighboring countries. What started with late rains and some of the worst flooding in 2015, was immediately followed by severe drought in 2016. Agricultural production plummeted, leaving millions of residents hungry and vulnerable. This was especially devastating for one of >> Read more

Exploring a changing employment landscape: Implications for Malawi’s youth

Throughout this month, USAID Malawi is highlighting work that focuses on youth and population issues. As they look at how support from the U.S. and other partners have contributed to programs that help uplift youth in Malawi, we offer a peek at some interesting recent findings from IFPRI researchers on this topic. A forthcoming peer-reviewed >> Read more