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



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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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).



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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TechnoServe Malawi

Jacob Ulrich

Country Director