Posts Tagged ‘agriculture’

Former Minister of Agriculture Dr. George CHAPONDA Arrested

Posted on 19 Jul 2017 at 11:32am


In December, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau recorded a complaint alleging that procurement procedures were not followed in the procurement of maize from Zambia by ADMARC.

The Anti- Corruption Bureau has been conducting investigation into the matter. The Bureau sent its officers to Zambia in January where they together with the Anti-Corruption Commission of Zambia interviewed various people whom it felt had information relevant to the matter.

On 21st February, 2017, the Anti-Corruption Bureau conducted a search and seizure operation on various premises after it obtained search and seizure…

Giving women in Malawi financial freedom through village savings

Posted on 02 May 2013 at 6:43pm

Joining a village savings and loans group called “Buyu” has made Malawian women achieve things they had never even dreamed of. Their lives have improved significantly and they are now positive about the future for themselves and their families.

Since she was a little girl Elizabeth Lughali, 32, dreamed of sleeping in a real bed with a mattress. Today her dream has come true; she has managed to save enough money to buy a bed, a mattress and some nice linen through a DanChurchAid supported village savings and loans project.

“I joined Buyu savings club last year and saved enough to buy the bed and a plot of land. In total,…

Malawi expects around 50% increase in maize surplus this season

Posted on 20 Apr 2013 at 9:57am

Malawi expects its maize surplus to increase by nearly 50 percent this season, the minister of agriculture said on Tuesday, a rare economic bright spot for the impoverished southern African nation. A seed and fertiliser subsidy programme in recent years helped Malawi feed itself. However the programme later collapsed because of corruption and after dry spells hit the maize belt. Finance Minister Ken Lipenga told Reuters last week he was banking on a strong harvest to help stem runaway inflation which stood at 37.9 percent in February. Maize is the main driver of inflation in the consumer price index, accounting for about…

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Flemish government to pump K14 billion in Malawi’s agriculture sector

Posted on 04 Apr 2013 at 12:36am

President Dr Joyce Banda on Tuesday requested the Flemish Government to earmark the next cycle of assistance towards the agriculture sector.

The President made the request at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe after signing the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on agriculture between the Government of Malawi and Government of Flanders.

The next cycle of assistance amounting to 25 million Euros (about K14 billion) has been pledged towards this course.

“I believe that it…

AfDB Approves US $73 Million for Irrigation and Road Projects in Malawi

Posted on 14 Mar 2013 at 1:34pm

The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group approved, on March 13, 2013, grants and loans amounting to US $73 million to finance irrigation and road rehabilitation projects in Malawi.

The grants, totalling US $39.98 million from the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) and the African Development Fund (ADF), will be used to finance the Smallholder Irrigation and Value Addition Project (SIVAP). A total of US $39.6 million will come from the GAFSP Multi-Donor Trust Fund, while the ADF will provide a grant of US $0.38 million.

The project aims is to contribute to food security, increased income levels and…

Malawi’s dependence on maize has led to malnutrition.

Posted on 14 Mar 2013 at 8:10am

Malnutrition in Malawi: is permaculture the solution?

Malawi’s dependence on maize has led to malnutrition, will encouraging permaculture help Malawians increase their intake of micronutrients?

As the third highest per capita consumers of maize in the world, Malawi’s dependence on a grain with high energy content but low protein, fat, and micronutrient quality has led to sustained issues of malnutrition. Despite recent praise of Malawi’s efforts to end hunger from the head of the Food and Agriculture Organisation…

FAO, EU and Government of Malawi discuss ending hunger and malnutrition in Malawi

Posted on 07 Mar 2013 at 4:42pm

Crop diversification, increasing the productivity and production of farmers through small-scale irrigation projects, improving local market systems, and other actions being implemented by the government could give a strong push to the eradication of hunger and malnutrition in Malawi, Director-General José Graziano da Silva said today, following a high-level discussion with President Joyce Banda of Malawi and EU Development Commissioner, Andris Piebalgs.

“It was interesting to hear about government programs to support small-scale livestock production and crop diversification,” Graziano da Silva said.

“FAO is ready to increase its assistance to develop agriculture, improve food security and increase the income of…

Video: CARE’s Village Savings and Loan Associations Empower Women in Malawi

Posted on 04 Mar 2013 at 5:02pm

Watch Anastazia Saka and Vicknes Chimbonga, two women members of the Village Savings and Loan groups in Malawi, share their stories about how participating in savings groups is changing their lives. This video introduces the Pathways program and features an interview with Henry Swira, Program Director at CARE-Malawi.

Concern Malawi Cycle Challenge 2012

Posted on 18 Jan 2013 at 10:45pm

Accenture staff take on the Malawi Cycle Challenge as part of their fundraising efforts for Concern’s Conservation Agriculture Project which Accenture is funding. Video by Cormac Farrell.