African landscape and farm

Malawi

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.

Chileshe ChilangwaCountry Director, Zambia and Malawi

Resources

Food Processing in Sub-Saharan Africa

This final report explores five years of impact through the Solutions for African Food Enterprises (SAFE), a public-private partnership between TechnoServe, Partners in Food Solutions and the United States Agency for International Development that aimed to increase the competitiveness of the African food processing sector and expand the availability of…

Survey: COVID-19 Challenges and Responses for African Food Processors, Second Edition

A survey of food processing firms in seven African countries reveals the challenges facing the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Survey: Africa’s Food Processors in the Face of COVID-19

TechnoServe surveyed 106 food processors, representing seven countries in Africa, on the impact of COVID-19 on their operations. This survey presents our findings.

Challenges and Responses for Africa’s Food Processors Facing COVID-19

TechnoServe offers a guide on the challenges and responses facing food processors during the COVID-19 pandemic, based on a survey of 106 food processors from seven African countries.