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) is a multi-year program which aims to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector to expand availability of affordable and nutritious foods to local populations. The program builds upon a partnership with USAID, Partners in Food Solutions, and TechnoServe initiated under AAIFP in five countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia. SAFE harnesses the global technical expertise of skilled volunteer employees from PFS corporate partners (General Mills, Cargill, Royal DSM, Bühler, Hershey, and Ardent Mills) and matches it with the local knowledge and business expertise of TechnoServe staff in order to build the capacity of small and growing food processors to produce and market quality, safe, and nutritious foods.

As of December 2016, four years into the program, 82 processors have benefited from customized technical assistance through 205 technology and business charters. As a direct result of SAFE’s assistance, these businesses have created 337 jobs, established 95 new market linkages, and sold 55,852 metric tons of improved, nutritious food. Supported food processors have made new investments of over $9.6 million.

SAFE additionally provides sector-wide training to broader processor groups, universities, service providers, and industry bodies to strengthen their knowledge base so they are better able to serve their companies and support the sector. So far, we have conducted 43 trainings in business strategy and planning, and technical areas (e.g. good manufacturing practices, food fortification, processing, aflatoxin control, baking, milling technology). These trainings have reached 1,162 individuals from 883 different processors.

Explore SAFE's interactive e-books: the Agri-Business Management Handbook and the Handbook for Food Fortification in Kenya.
 

Partners in Food Solutions-TechnoServe Alliance

The Partners in Food Solutions (PFS)-TechnoServe Alliance matches the expertise of leading global food companies with the needs of African-based food processing companies in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, and Zambia.
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Blog Posts

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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January 23, 2015

From Farmer to Farmer: Building a Bridge Between India and Africa

TechnoServe’s effort to connect Malawian farmers with agricultural innovators in India offers a unique model for South-South cooperation.

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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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Contact

TechnoServe Malawi

Jacob Ulrich

Country Director
julrich@tns.org

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