Agriculture in

AGRA’s work in Malawi complements that of the government and its other partners in bringing about an agricultural transformation. In addition to supporting the Government of Malawi in creating a policy environment that encourages private sector participation in agricultural value chains, AGRA has made major investments in systems that give farmers easy access to better inputs, advisory services, more markets and financial support.

Total Population


Population Engaged in Agricultural Activities


Agriculture Contribution to GDP


Sophie Chitedze

AGRA Malawi
Country Manager

Mcloud Kayira

Associate Program Officer

Noel Sangole

Associate Program Officer

Philimon Kapsalem’bwinja

Driver/Office Assistant

Regina Mendulo

Program Coordinator


C/o CIAT, Aquarius House, Ground Floor, West wing Convention Drive, Opposite Reserve Bank of Malawi, City Center, P.O. Box 158, Lilongwe, Malawi

Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. 

P.O. Box 30134,
Lilongwe 3
Phone: +265 (0) 1 788 738

Our Strategy

AGRA works with the Government and various strategic partners to increase incentives for private sector participation and investment in the agricultural sector while enhancing access to finance and markets; the adoption of climate smart technologies and use of inputs (seeds and fertilizer).

Our Investments

In the first decade, AGRA built an asset base in technologies, partnerships and models which can be scaled for a significant impact on the status of inclusive agriculture in Malawi. Our strategy and support in Malawi seeks to bring all of these elements together and contribute to the national strategy, improving the incomes and food security for at least 800,000 smallholder households.

This will support  the government’s and other partners’ efforts to strengthen the agriculture sector’s planning, coordination and implementation systems to create an enabling policy environment that attracts increased private sector investments.

In addition, through catalytic interventions at systems level that seek to crowd in private sector in seed and input distribution systems, we will increase demand driven seed and fertilizer supplies as well as enhance market linkages for legumes as an alternative export.

US$1.6M million invested in Malawi's agricultural industry

Early Results


Total Amount Committed for Six Projects


Farmers Reached


Awarded to the Ministry of Agriculture

Further Resources

Malawi Operational Plan

Funding partners

Other Partners