PROTECTING VULNERABLE SMALLHOLDER FARMERS BY IMPROVING PRODUCTIVITY.
Real lives
Soloman Ngwira, JACOMA - TROPHA, Malawi
In 2008 Soloman started working as foreman in the nursery – a simple operation propagating coffee and macadamia seedlings. Since AgDevCo’s investment, new technical skills have enabled the nursery to scale up significantly – it now stocks 100,000 trees to supply smallholder farmers. In 2014 Soloman was promoted to supervisor, responsible for maintaining the nursery operations and managing a team of 12 people.
"The training and irrigation we’ve received has improved the quality of our estate. It’s changed our prospects fundamentally. "
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Malawi – our social impact
Investment
$9,201,000
COMMITTED INVESTMENTS
Jobs created
1,253
JOBS CREATED OR SUSTAINED
Livelihood
14,041
FARMERS LINKED TO MARKET
Lift
$97
INCREASE IN INCOME PER SMALLHOLDER FARMER
Rural Malawi

The Challenges

Around 84% of people in Malawi live in rural areas (2014).  57% of these live in poverty and are largely dependent on agriculture for their livelihoods.  The use of very basic technology means that most smallholder farmers produce low yields on small plots of land.  A reliance on rainy seasons makes them vulnerable to drought. The country suffers from political and financial uncertainty, compounded by complex regulations, poor infrastructure and a lack of skilled workforce especially managerial.

Our approach

In 2013, we secured large-scale funding from DFID for investments across five countries and this heralded the start of our work in Malawi.  We remain focused on the significant opportunity to transform the productivity of Malawi’s agriculture sector and to reduce the vulnerability of smallholder farmers, by investing in large-scale irrigation and linking smallholder farmers to profitable markets.

Country Facts
  • Population (2014): 16,829,144
  • Poverty incidence (2010) at $1.25/day: 72%
  • Life expectancy at birth (2013): 55 years
  • GDP/Capita (2014): $253
  • Agricultural share of GDP (2014): 33.0%
  • % of population living in rural areas (2014): 84.0%
  • % of rural population living in poverty (2010): 57%
  • Food Security Ranking (2015): 93 out of 109

Sources: World Bank, FAOSTAT, Global Food Security Index

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