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.

On The Ground

Projects

 

Solutions for African Food Enterprises

Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE) was a public-private partnership between TechnoServe, Partners in Food Solutions, and USAID that aimed to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector to expand availability of affordable and nutritious foods to local populations. The program benefited more than 1,000 food processors who source from more than 800,000 smallholder farmers in five countries.
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Technical Assistance Facility

Access to finance is an obstacle to entrepreneurship, particularly in the agricultural sector in Africa. The African Agriculture Fund (AAF), a private equity fund, was created to help increase investment in agriculture and agribusiness in the region with the ultimate objective of increasing food security. TechnoServe serves as the implementing agency of the Technical Assistance Facility (TAF), which provides technical assistance to the portfolio companies invested in by the AAF. The TAF is funded primarily by the European Union and managed by IFAD. As of 2016 the TAF has funded 32 projects with 10 portfolio companies across Africa and supported five SMEs with their growth strategies. TAF has committed €3.6m and has €3.4m remaining for projects in the pipeline.
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Blog Posts

September 13, 2017

Building Healthier Businesses and Communities through Food Fortification

Food processing businesses are working to end hunger by increasing their capacity to provide quality, nutritious fortified foods for local communities.

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June 23, 2017

Technical Solutions for Food Security in Africa

The Technical Assistance Facility helps agricultural and food processing businesses to fight food insecurity by improving operations and extending their reach to poor consumers.

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August 26, 2015

TechnoServe Project Named a Finalist for P3 Impact Awards

TechnoServe’s work to improve food security in East Africa will be honored at the Concordia Summit.

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TechnoServe Malawi

Jacob Ulrich

Country Director
julrich@tns.org

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