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



Solutions for African Food Enterprises

The Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE) program aims to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector and to expand the availability of affordable and nutritious food to local populations. The program continues a partnership with USAID, Partners in Food Solutions and TechnoServe to scale and refine the model built under AAIFP. Over the five years the program hopes to provide support to 86 processors across Kenya, Malawi and Zambia and train more than 750 employees. As of March 2016, 77 processors had been provided technical assistance and 800 employees from 522 firms had received training.

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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TechnoServe Malawi

Jacob Ulrich

Country Director