Malawi

Country Profile
Malawi
Population
13
million
The population grew from 9.9 million in 1998 to 13 million in 2008
GDP Growth
9.6
percent
GDP grew from 6.7% in 2006 to 9.6% in 2008
Farming
80
percent
80% of Malawians are smallholder farmers
Agriculture
60
percent
60% of the population relies on subsistence agriculture
Nutrition
47
percent
47% of children under 5 suffer from stunting
Malawi has elevated agriculture and nutrition as key national policy priorities
The Government of Malawi has elevated agriculture and nutrition as key national policy priorities. The country has demonstrated leadership through stable governance and economic growth. However, high population density and growth, along with a single rainy season per year, pose a distinctive set of challenges that make Malawi’s agricultural growth precarious and make Malawi chronically susceptible to food insecurity.
 
The agriculture sector employs 80 percent of Malawi’s population. However, only 10-15 percent of smallholders are marketing grain in a given year. While overall poverty rates and kilocalorie intake have improved in recent years, the country’s

Over the next five years in Malawi, Feed the Future aims to help an estimated 281,000 vulnerable Malawian women, children, and family members—mostly smallholder farmers—escape hunger and poverty. More than 293,000 children will be reached with services to improve their nutrition and prevent stunting and child mortality. Significant numbers of additional rural populations will achieve improved income and nutritional status from strategic policy engagement and institutional investments.

Target Regions

Seven districts straddling central and southern regions (Dedza, Mchinji, Lilongwe, Ntcheu, Mangochi, Balaka, and Machinga)

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