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S

elf Help Africa is engaged in a combination of directly

with the government’s current Growth and Development

implemented and partner-led projects in Malawi. The

Strategy II. A total of 1.2 million is being invested by Self Help

programme goal, to support smallholder farming

Africa in the following projects, this year:

MALAWI

communities to achieve sustainability livelihoods is in line

Programme

Total Budget

Donor

Timeframe

Implementing Partner

Programme Area

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DISCOVER

The Department for International Development (DFID), Irish Aid, Norwegian Embassy

€ 1,936,473

01-08-11 ­ 31-05-15

Concern Universal, Goal, Cooperazione Internazionale (COOPI)

Karonga

02

Farm Enterprise Development for Food and Economic Security

Irish Aid

€ 648,384

01-01-12

Foundation for Community Support Services (FOCUS), Karonga Agriculture Development Division (KRADD)

Chitipa, Lilongwe

Mtukula Fund

DFID, Vitol Foundation

Trustees of Agriculture Promotion Programme (TAPP), Agricultural and Natural Resources Management Consortium (ANARMAC)

Dowa, Salima

Malawi Mangoes

Salima

CTA Wageningen

Nationwide

03

31-12-15

€ 266,522

01-01-12 01-12-14

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Processing Mangoes into Pulp for Export

African Enterprise Challenge Fund

€ 212,963

Integrated Seed Sector Development Seed Act Review

Irish Aid, Institute of Development Studies

€ 24,258

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D

14-02-13 31-12-15

DISCOVER

01-07-12 01-07-13

In order to assist communities and individuals adapt to climate change the project promotes crop diversification and

eveloping Innovative Solutions with Communities

livestock production, together with sustainable and adaptive

to Overcome Vulnerability (DISCOVER) is a four-

agricultural technologies. In addition SHA is working with

year consortium project seeking to support up to

communities to manage their natural resources and reduce

900,000 rural people to adapt to and mitigate the effects of

the environmental impacts associated with natural disasters

climate change. The project contributes towards reducing

and climate change.

poverty and vulnerability to climate variability through the development and promotion of sustainable livelihoods

Total direct beneficiaries 13,000

management strategies. DISCOVER focuses on building resilience and improving the lives of vulnerable people by enhancing the capacity

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of local government to prepare and respond to climate variability. SHA is working with local government to achieve this through developing, updating and reviewing district disaster risk management plans & hazard vulnerability maps; training communities on disaster response; and establishing community early warning systems for flood and drought

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prone areas.

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FARM ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT FOR FOOD AND ECONOMIC SECURITY shortage of good quality seed when it is needed for planting is a major obstacle that hinders many smallholder farmers in Malawi from growing a year

round supply of food to support their families.


MALAWI malawi

1. DISCOVER

burkinafaso

ZAMBIA

Lake Malawi, (Lake Nyasa)

ghana

kenya

togo

2. Farm Enterprise Development for Food and Economic Security 3. MAEF 4. Processing Mangoes into Pulp for Export

OUR PROGRAMMES

zambia

Lilongwe

5. ISSD

MA MA ALAWI Blantyre

MOZAMBIQUE SHA and partners, FOCUS and KRADD, are implementing this

Activities that maximize the potential to improve agricultural

project in the Central and Northern regions of Malawi. The

productivity and agri-business, and that can be scaled up and

work is designed to increase household food, nutrition and

replicated by smallholder farmers are favoured for support by

economic security in the targeted communities in Chitipa and

the fund. Women farmers in the agricultural value chain was

Lilongwe. It addresses this challenge by improving the access

the focus for proposals, last year.

for smallholder farmers to quality seeds. Both production and market constraints faced by smallholder farmers are being

SHA is supporting two separate initiatives in Malawi under

addressed by ensuring continuous availability of quality seed

the MAEF fund. In Dowa District the Trustees of Agriculture

within communities; facilitating access to extension services

Promotion Programme are implementing a two-year broiler

to improve production; and training on value addition skills

chicken and amaranth grain project. The project is working

to help farmers access markets and obtain greater reward for

with 200 female farmers to strengthen the value chains and

their produce.

improve marketing of processed products.

Total direct beneficiaries 5,900

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MAEF

tukula Agricultural Enterprise Fund (MAEF) is a grant-making initiative that has been established to promote initiatives that can support

smallholder farmers in Southern Africa to develop rural-based opportunities. The fund was designed to support small-scale farmers to adopt appropriate technologies, diversify their farm skills, increase productivity, and/or add value to the work.

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OUR PROGRAMMES

In Salima the Agricultural and Natural Resources Management Consortium is working with smallholder farmers to produce and market improved mango varieties. The promotion of mango cultivation, processing and marketing in Salima, where there is high potential, will boost production, address issues of seasonal gluts and raise the income levels of the 500 female farmers participating in the project.

INTEGRATED SEED SECTOR DEVELOPMENT AND SEED ACT REVIEW

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he objective of this project is to improve farmers’ access to quality seed to increase crop productivity and production.

The project is exploring the policy context and potential

Total direct beneficiaries 700

impact of ISSD in nine African countries, including Malawi. It focuses on issues around local seed entrepreneurship and links between formal and informal seed systems and on the enabling environment that needs to be put in place to ensure

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PROCESSING MANGOES INTO PULP FOR EXPORT

local businesses can flourish. The ISSD Malawi project is conducting a survey to assess the

alawi Mangoes Ltd has secured funding from the

practices, programmes and policies of seed entrepreneurs;

African Enterprise Challenge Fund (AECF) for the

is exploring ways in which programmes that promote seed

implementation of the Processing Mangoes into

entrepreneurship can be strengthened; and is enhancing the

Pulp for Export Project. Part of the project seeks to work with

capacity of a wide variety of stakeholders to promote seed

smallholder farmers, community groups and local government

entrepreneurship.

agencies to support the production and supply of improved quality fruit to Malawi Mangoes for processing. The project

The seed regulation framework and Seed Act in Malawi are

aims to bring about a tangible and significant change in the

out dated and need to be reviewed in the context of the

economic status of smallholder farmers by supporting the

current seed policy changes in country. This is recognised as a

production of mango fruit in the region.

priority by the Department of Agriculture Research Services. SHA is working to submit a draft seed regulation framework

SHA is leading in the implementation of the smallholder

and Seed Act to Government, and will assist the Ministry of

farmer component of the project, which seeks to contribute

Justice and Attorney General in submitting both to Parliament

towards agricultural commercialisation. The project will

for approval.

increase smallholder productivity and household income through value addition and offer better market access. Smallholder farmers will be organised into farmer groups that enable them trade collectively and therefore competitively in the mango value chains. The project will also broaden participation of smallholder farmers in Salima in the mango value chain through production of improved mangoes, the provision of training and market access.

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Total direct beneficiaries 5,000

Self Help Africa Malawi PO Box B-495, Lilongwe, Malawi Tel. +265 1750568


Self Help Africa - Malawi 2013