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.

Govt geared to buy maize soon after harvest

Assures no shortage of Food

The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Minister, Hon. Kondwani Nankhumwa, MP, has assured Malawians that for the 2019/2020 Growing season food shortage problems will not be an issue as his ministry will embark on making sure that maize is bought from farmers soon after harvest. This comes after His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has ordered the Ministry to undertake extra measures like buying maize flour and upfront tendering of maize procurement for short and long term to guarantee that this year the country has enough maize stocks.

Nankhumwa who was speaking in Lilongwe on 31st of January, 2020 at the launch of Annual Agriculture Joint Sector Review Meeting, which was held at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe explained that his ministry is geared towards putting measures in place to enable food security for the nation.

"the Ministry has moved in swiftly to address the problems through both short term and long term measures which include procurement of maize flour and upfront tendering of maize procurement. We are therefore guaranteed of maize stocks within the control of government and this problem will not be there next season, " said Nankhumwa.

The Minsiter also alluded to the fact that his mjnistry iw working towards revamping and improving agriculture programmes for both the youth and women as they are a critical part of society that can improve food security in Malawi.

"My Ministry is working on youth and women Flagship programmes aimed at increasing youth and women participation in agriculture value chains by removing impending elements to the youth and women involvement and empowerment," said Nankhumwa who is also Leader of Government Business in Parliament.

Nankhumwa also announced that Government has fast tracked the Medicinal Cannabis Bill and it will go on the floor in the next sitting of Parliament.

Representing the Donor Committee on Agriculture and Food Security. Irish Ambassador to Malawi, Gerry Cunningham commended government for its sound policies and programmes aimed at eradicating hunger in the country in order to achieve food security.

Cunningham further asked Government to accelerate the investment landscape in order to attract the private sector in the Agriculture industry.

The Annual Joint Sector Review for the agriculture sector brings together all players in the agricultural industry from public, private, Donor Community, Non-Governmental Organsiations, Civil Society and farmer Groups. The main objective of the review is to reflect on the successes and challenges of the previous financial year and map a way forward for the future. This year the review is being held under the theme ‘Strengthening Accountability of NAIP Implementation for sustainable agricultural transformation’.


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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