Agricultural Services Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 03 Sep 1993
Signature Date 01 Oct 1993
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2004
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Mar 2004
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 8,179,753.47
Status Completion

Project General Description

The agricultural services project will strengthen key departments in the Ministry of Agriculture by providing consultancy services, and equipments. It wil also improve irrigation facilities for smallholder farmers, and availability of fertilizer. An institutional support programme will be implemented under the project. This will lead to an improvement in the capacity of the departments concerned to administer the sector. Agricultural research will be efficiently carried out resulting in the establishment of on-farm research and extension linkage. Extension services will be improved through staff training; all Farm Home Assistants will be upgraded to Field Assistants; training for all farmers including women will be undertaken; there will be more emphasis on delivery of extension packqges by delinking credit from extension activities; and fertilizers will be made more available to smallholder farmers. All these will result in increased productivity. The use of improved agronomic practices originating from research, extension, input supply and related activities will reach at least some 60 per cent of the smallholder under the project. Extension services and technology on small scale irrigation activities will cover 28,240 ha leading, together with rainfed agriculture, to increased agricultural production. Incomes and food availability of the smallholder will be improved upon completion of the project and thereafter. The project will be implemented over a period of six years.

Project Objectives

The sector goal in to increase agricultural contribution to GDP. The specific objective of the project is to increase the geographical spread to smallholder, of agricultural services such as extension, research and input supply, with a view to increasing agricultural productivity. Another specific objective is to increase the income of smallholder in an effort to reduce poverty.


The proposed project is targeted toward the small-scale farmers, especially the resource poor. It will therefore benefit a large number of women since it focuses on developing and promoting technologies and agricultural practices, which aim at improving the productivity of the resource poor farmers the majority of whom are women.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Malawi


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AA0-008
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name KANU Benedict Sorie

Geographic Location

Country Malawi