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What's New? Positive Impact in Practice: Feed the Future Malawi

Feed the Future Malawi will increase incomes and food production for smallholder farmers around the country. Credit: http://ow.ly/EL47306C6x9.

What’s new?
Recently Palladium commenced the Feed the Future Malawi Ag Diversification Activity – a program that will increase incomes and food production for smallholder farmers around the country. The initiative will work to bridge the gap between buyers and producers in Malawi’s agricultural sector, engaging private firms to enhance key service areas like financing, agricultural processing, and training in new technology and practices. Feed the Future Malawi will run until September 2021.

Where will you be based?
Our head office will be in Lilongwe, but we will operate in seven other districts of Malawi: Mchinji, Dedza, Ntcheu, Balaka, Machinga, Blantyre Rural, and Mangochi.

Who will you be working with?
We’ll be working with our funding partners USAID and a range of delivery partners. These include Agland Investment Services, Inc., Atethemis, Inc., CARE, Farm Radio Trust, Practical Action, and YONECO.

What’s your goal?
Ultimately, we want to bridge the gap between the needs of agricultural buyers and producers in Malawi. In doing this, we can increase jobs, improve resilience to climate change, nutritional outcomes, and women’s empowerment.

How will you deliver Positive Impact?
Through the project, we will increase the number of local farming families the USAID program is working with from the current 275,000 to 350,000. An increase in farming families is essential to ensuring food security for Malawians.

To best support these smallholder farmers and create a more sustainable environment for food production, we will address areas of weak service delivery along the entire supply chain. To do this we’ll forge partnerships with input suppliers, aggregators, finance facilitators, trainers and other specialised firms. Over the course of the program, we aim to establish at least 50 commercial partnerships between buyers and smallholder farmers.

With $30M in new agricultural loans and $40M in new investment, Feed the Future Malawi has significant scope to expand activity and introduce commercial sustainability in the country’s agricultural sector. Private investment supplements what the donors are contributing, and ensures sustainability in the market system beyond the time when the donor support is finished.

How will you make sure Positive Impact is enduring?
By introducing partnerships that involve private sector companies and farmers at the ground level, Positive Impact will be established and maintained beyond the life of the donor support. In order to create sustainable market access for farming families, local supply and demand needs must be addressed. This can best be achieved by engaging with a diverse range of organisations along the supply chain. It is only through the involvement of these groups, whether they be financial institutions, government, or private suppliers, that we can create enduring economic and social impact for both buyers and producers - long after donor support has withdrawn.

If we want more info, who should we contact?
Don’t hesitate to write to Palladium’s Project Director Peter Boone (Peter.Boone@thepalladiumgroup.com) for more info or to discuss opportunities for your organisation to get involved.

 

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