The Government of Malawi is carrying out Project Preparation Activities for the Shire Valley Irrigation Project (SVIP) under the framework of the Green Belt Initiative. The SVIP and other related GBI projects are being implemented to attain objectives of the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy II (MGDS II). The MGDS II is the country’s overarching operational medium-term strategy to attain the nation’s Vision 2020. The MGDS II recognizes Irrigation as one of the key priority areas.
Smallholder Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP)
Malawi has been experiencing persistent hunger whenever there is a shortfall of rains despite having lots of bodies of water(lakes, rivers, dams). This five year programme seeks to increase agricultural production and productivity through intensification of irrigation and crop diversification. It also aims at increasing income from agricultural production through value addition.
To contribute to food security, increased income levels, and poverty reduction.
The specific objective is to increase agricultural productivity through intensification of irrigation, crop diversification, value addition, and capacity building.
- Sustainable land and water management
- Crop diversification and value chain
- Institutional strengthening and capacity building coordination
2013 to 2018 = 5 years
Project Implementation Areas:
Karonga District - rain fed and irrigation
Nkhotakota District - rain fed and irrigation
Salima District - rain fed and irrigation
Machinga District - rain fed and irrigation
Thyolo District (greenbelt zone) - agricultural investments
Chikwawa (greenbelt zone) - agricultural investments
Nsanje (greenbelt zone) - agricultural investments.