Grant for policy driven research on agriculture extensions to IFPRI, Malawi, 2020

Project: Improving the functioning of agricultural extension services, agricultural markets and agricultural cooperatives in Malawi

Beneficiary:  International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Duration: 2020 - 2023

Amount: 999.841 euro

The project follows on from IFPRI's previous project financed by Flanders 'Assessing and enhancing the capacity, performance and impact of the pluralistic agricultural extension system in Malawi' (2016). With this new project, IPFRI will continue to assist the Malawian Ministry of Agriculture in developing a coordinated agricultural extension policy over the next three years.

The aim of the project is to support policies and related programmes aimed at improving the productivity of small-scale farmers in order to improve the food security of all Malawians. 

In its cooperation with Malawi, Flanders focuses entirely on the agricultural sector. The majority of the population consists of small-scale farmers, who are enormously vulnerable to climate change. By providing better information about techniques and crops, these farmers are better equipped to meet this challenge. Flanders chooses to contribute to an effective agricultural policy and the right to food security in Malawi. Extra attention is paid to ensuring equal opportunities for women and young people and supporting good governance within the agricultural sector.