PROMOTING NEW REGIONAL AND EXPORT INDUSTRIES WHICH DRIVE RURAL ECONOMIC GROWTH.
Malawi – our social impact
Investment
$13,150,410
COMMITTED INVESTMENTS
Jobs created
1,329
JOBS CREATED OR SUSTAINED
Livelihood
24,981
FARMERS LINKED TO MARKET
Lift
$84
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%
% of population living in rural areas (2014): 84%
% 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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