Malawi

Overview

Malawi is one of the poorest countries in the world. The country has experienced an economic slowdown in recent years, aggravated by record inflation, fuel shortages and cost of living increases.

Malawi’s population is heavily dependent on agriculture for its livelihood, with most crops produced for local consumption. Industries such as food processing are growing, however, in turn generating much-needed jobs and foreign currency remittances. Small and medium-sized food processors contribute more than $115 million to the Malawian economy annually, mostly in the processing of cereals, cassava, potatoes and soy. TechnoServe helps these local food processing companies improve their operations, access financing and tap into new markets.

Impact

In 2012, TechnoServe provided training to over 96 representatives of Malawian food processing firms, and provided ongoing, hands-on assistance to 9 small- and medium-sized processors. These firms in turn purchased ingredients from nearly 12,000 farmers, helping increase their household incomes.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Improving Food Processing and Food Security

Under the African Alliance for Improved Food Processing, TechnoServe works with Partners in Food Solutions (PFS), a nonprofit providing expertise from multinational food companies, to improve the quality and quantity of nutritious, processed food in targeted African countries. In Malawi, TechnoServe works with PFS to deploy volunteer consultants who help processors improve operations, product quality and product safety. To address industry-wide knowledge gaps, TechnoServe conducts trainings on topics ranging from good manufacturing practices to fortification of staple foods. The support to processors has an important ripple effect throughout the community – from the farmer, who earns extra income through the processing market, to the consumer, who benefits from high quality, nutrient-enriched food. The program was extended in 2013 under the name Solutions to African Food Enterprises (SAFE).

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Blog Posts

April 4, 2013

Curbing Malnutrition in Malawi through Improved Food Processing

TechnoServe and Partners in Food Solutions provide training to food manufacturers in Malawi to improve the quality of corn soy blend.

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December 14, 2011

Q&A: Strengthening Food Processors in Malawi

Henry Gaga is a Food Technology Specialist with TechnoServe in Malawi. In that role, Henry works with the African Alliance for Improved Food Processing, a program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development that TechnoServe is implementing in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia in partnership with Partners in Food Solutions (a nonprofit created by General Mills, with core members Cargill and DSM).

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Contact

TechnoServe Malawi

Brent Habig

Regional Director
West and Southern Africa
bhabig@tns.org

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