Land reform creates opportunities for a more sustainable agriculture in Malawi

  • May 3, 2019

On 3 May, the Government of Flanders approved a project grant to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on land use planning and sustainable land and water management to improve agricultural productivity in Malawi. The project will be carried out in two districts Kasungu and Mzimba.

The main objectives of this project are to support small-scale farmers in securing land tenure through systematic rural land registration and in sustainable water and land management. The recent land policy reform, enables Malawi to develop a strategic approach to sustainable land management. Farmers will thus be more inclined to commit to sustainable agriculture and water systems, which will have long-term benefits on climate change and food security. With this project, FOA is expected to reach at least 60,000 smallholder-farming households.  The project is a collaboration between the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development and the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Resources.

The project will run for four years and the grant amount is 4.5 million euros.