Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development Department of Crop Development Department of Fisheries Department of Irrigation APPSA Project Department of Water Development
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Department of Animal Health and Livestock Development

A sustainable livestock development to improve economic and nutritional well-being of Malawians and rural livelihood while guaranteeing the safety of the general public from consumption and utilization of livestock, livestock products and by-products.
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Department of Crop Development

Implementation Arrangements; The Department implements its activities through the following sections: Farm Mechanisation Section-promotes technologies that are aimed at reducing drudgery of farm operations. Horticulture Section-Promotes technologies aimed at improving production of horticultural crops Field crops Section-Responsible for improved seed and sustainable production of all field crops.
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Department of Fisheries

To provide professional services to ensure sustainable fisheries resource utilization and enhanced aquaculture through principles of good governance production from capture fisheries and aquaculture. To reduce fish post harvest losses To increase per capita fish consumption To enhance business and entrepreneurial capacities and skills of small-scale producers
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Department of Irrigation

There are four irrigation technologies which are utilised by the smallholder farmers namely; Gravity-fed, Treadle Pumps, Motorised Pumps and Watering cans. The gravity-fed technology accounts for 56% of the total developed area under smallholder farmers.This technology is the most commonly used because of its cost-effectiveness as it does not need fuel as is the case with the motorized pump-based technology
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APPSA Project

Agriculture Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) What is APPSA ???? The Agricultural Productivity Program for Southern Africa (APPSA) is a project supported by the World Bank which seeks to promote a regional approach to agricultural technology generation and dissemination by supporting the strengthening and scaling up of regional centres of research leadership on commodities of regional importance.
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Department of Water Development

The Department of Water Resources Management and Development is mandated to spearhead the management and development of water resources in the country. The ultimate aim of the Department is to achieve sustainable and integrated water resources management and development that make water readily available and equitably accessible to and used by all Malawians.

Small scale farmers

Small scale farmers

Lilongwe - The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP says smallholder farmers play a significant role in socioeconomic development of a country.

Nankhumwa was speaking in Lilongwe on 27th of January 2020 at Nasfam's 23rd Annual General Meeting, where he was the Guest of Honour.

 "Agriculture remains the key sector of Malawi’s economy. It is vital for the livelihoods of most Malawians. Agriculture is important for household and national food, income and nutrition security, " explained Nankhumwa.

The Minister futher said that the sector generates 29% of GDP, 65% of employment, and 67% of export earnings.

"Over the year, we have all noticed that this important sector is being challenged by persistent emerging problems like that of climate change, which is impacting on the contributions of the sector towards Malawi’s development agenda. It is for this reason, with a clear understanding that we all have to address these challenges and develop resilience," said Nankhumwa.

In his Keynote address during the event, Dr. Ted de Jager of South Africa, a long time farmer and President of World Farmers Organisation, explained that to address poverty, agriculture must be championed at all costs.

"The fight against poverty can be won through Agriculture.  Wealth creation through Agriculture is a preliquisite to improved economies. Agriculture is a business and farmers must make sure that there is sustainability and profitability especially for smallscale farmers," said De Jager.

He further challenged the government to employ a paradigm shift for youth to look at agriculture as a viable business and not as a past time activity.

In her remarks during the presentation of the five year organisation strategic plan, Nasfam Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Betty Chinyamunyamu said improved innovations and extension systems will enable farmers have access to improved tools of farming and quality farming for improved products.

She said Nasfam will also increase production of rice (Kilombero) for export and local consumption and continue to build membership to enable many farmers improve their social and economic livelihoods. She further  commended government for good policies that have warranted free farming activities and marketing of agriproducts and the increase of farmer cooperatives.

In ensuring food products quality, which can be ready for export, Malawi Bureau of Standards Chief Executive Officer, Symon Mandala explained that they are ready to work with organisations such as Nasfam to ensure that more food products are exported to foreign countries for the improvement of the economy. He cited the issue of aflatoxins, which is usually a challenge met by most farmers during postharvest period making it impossible for them to export their products.

The theme  of the AGM is “Building a sustainable agribusiness that delivers value and creates impact”. Nasfam established in 1997 with about 15000 farmers has now a farmer base of about 130,000 and aims to increase more within the next five years.


The Ministry of Agriculture, and Food Security (MOAFS) is one of the key ministries in the Malawi Government. Agriculture, being the mainstay of the country’s economy, makes the Ministry prominent in Malawi society in general, and in its contribution to the economy in particular.The Ministry is organized in 7 technical Departments namely Agriculture Extension Services, Crops Development, Animal Health and Industry, Agriculture Research, Agriculture Planning Services, Land Resource and Conservation, and Fisheries. The Ministry also includes Irrigation and Water Development, the government institution responsible for the water sub-sector.



The Malawi Government through the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security with support from the Multi Donor Trust Fund ( MDTF) administered by World Bank is implementing activities under the Agriculture Sector wide Approach II ( ASWAp-SP II) Project. The ASWAp SP II is a follow up to the ASWAp SP I Project which was implemented between 2008 and 2016. Read more



Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security says that regulation of agricultural commodity prices is key in improving incomes of farmers and achieving food and nutrition security in the country.

Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Hon. Francis Kasaila, MP was speaking during a press conference on Tuesday 7th April 2020, where government was releasing the 2019/2020 Minimum Farmgate Prices aimed at guiding farmers and traders on the recommended prices for different agricultural commodities.

Kasaila said that it is imperative that government regulates the market prices for various agricultural commodities to ensure that farmers get their crops worth as well as affordable prices to consumers.


"The release of minimum farmgate prices at the start of each selling season ensures that farmers are not exploited by the unscrupulous traders. At the same time, this measure ensures affordable prices to consumers."

The 2019/2020 minimum Farmgate Prices puts Maize at MK200/kg, Polished Rice at MK600/Kg, Soya Beans at MK300/Kg and Grade A Cotton at MK389/Kg among other commodities.

Kasaila also revealed during the press conference that Admarc will start buying maize from farmers on Thursday, 9th April 2020 in the Southern Region and Ntcheu District.

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