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Agriculture in Malawi

  • Africa's Economic Future Depends on Its Farms

    BOTSWANA, 2017/10/16 At the same time as the economies of Nigeria and South Africa recently rebounded, it wasn't oil or minerals that did the trick. It was agriculture. Faster and additional sustainable agricultural increase is crucial not only to the continent's economy, but as well to its ability to feed and employ its surging people. Agriculture still accounts for a quarter of gross domestic product and as much as two-thirds of employment in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, agricultural increase has the biggest impact on non-farm gain and reducing poverty.
  • Malawi: Chaponda to Be Backbencher in Malawi Parliament

    MALAWI, 2017/02/26 Fired Agriculture minister George Chaponda is not reporting for duties at parliament since he lost his job on Wednesday. Chaponda has not been allocated any seat as a back bencher.as has not been going to parliament since President Peter Mutharika fired him following a series of allegations of corrupt practices in te procurement of maize from Zambia.
  • Malawi Cotton Farmers to Smile All the Way to the Bank

    MALAWI, 2015/12/14 Cotton farmers in Malawi are all smiles following the raise in cotton prices by over 90 % for those on arrangement farming with Cotton Ginners Africa Limited. The company's general manager Spencer Dzimbiri told a news conference in Blantyre that the cotton firm will splash out K1.3 billion in loans for farm input for over 100000 cotton farmers. Dzimbiri said this planting season, his company will be buying cotton at K375 per kilogram up from K195 kilogram per kilogram last year. "We want to motivate our esteemed farmers to grow additional cotton. In Malawi we have beautiful good land, beautiful weather and hard working people," said Dzimbiri.
  • FAO calls for urgent attention to farmers in southern Malawi after intense flooding

    MALAWI, 2015/01/30 The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said Wednesday it is working closely with Malawi’s government on a US$16 million response plan aimed at protecting farmers from severe flooding that has destroyed fields and homes, washed away animals and crops, and threatens local food security in the southern Africa country. “Failure to respond promptly will have lasting consequences,” said Florence Rolle, FAO Representative to Malawi. “Flood-hit families risk harvesting nothing or very little this year, leaving them food insecure at the very outset of the agricultural season and undermining much of the evolution being made in reducing food insecurity in Malawi.” she said.
  • Africa-led fund designed to improve food security across the continent

    CENTRAL AFRICA REPUBLIC, 2014/03/31 A incomparable, Africa-led fund designed to improve food security across the continent has become a reality for the initial six nations slated to benefit from the initiative. The Central African Republic (CAR), Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, Niger and South Sudan signed agreements in Tunis with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) to receive US$ 2 million each from the Africa Solidarity Trust Fund. 'The Africa Solidarity Trust Fund shows that African nations are ready to step up and work with their neighbours to build a sustainable and food fasten region, and to have the next we want,' said FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva. The agreements were signed during the FAO Regional Conference for Africa.
  • Relief operation to assist 1.5 million in need of food aid in Malawi

    MALAWI, 2013/10/04 The UN, the Government of Malawi and other international partners have launched a relief operation for about 1.5 million people in need of food assistance in Malawi due to weather and high food prices. According to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee (MVAC), additional than 1.46 million people will need food assistance in the coming months,. The assessment was carried out by the Government of Malawi, UN agencies and non-governmental organisations.
  • Africa: Can Africa Satisfy Its Hunger?

    BOTSWANA, 2013/04/02 Africa frequently experiences food shortages, although its 900 million farmers could feed the continent, inclunding supplying other parts of the world. But for this to happen they need the support of politicians.
  • What Went Wrong? Lessons From Malawi's Food Crisis

    MALAWI, 2012/12/13 Once again Malawi finds itself in a tight spot. A food crisis set off by erratic rains, rising food prices and economic hardships is slowly unfolding. For the first time in several years, the country's ability to feed its citizens is at risk. Sadly and unexpectedly, Malawi has lost its hard-earned status as an agricultural success story - it used to produce enough maize for its people to eat and still provide a surplus to neighbours. A lot of are now wondering what went wrong and whether there could be lessons for other African countries.
  • Malawi's Food Crisis

    MALAWI, 2012/12/09 Once again Malawi finds itself in a tight spot. A food crisis set off by erratic rains, rising food prices and economic hardships is slowly unfolding. For the first time in several years, the country's ability to feed its citizens is at risk. Sadly and unexpectedly, Malawi has lost its hard-earned status as an agricultural success story - it used to produce enough maize for its people to eat and still provide a surplus to neighbours. Many are now wondering what went wrong and whether there could be lessons for other African countries.