Malawi - Rural Income Enhancement Project (RIEP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 10 Dec 1997
Signature Date 27 May 1998
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2006
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2007
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 5,926,425.84
Status Completion

Project General Description

The project is in line with the ADF VII Policy and strategy of poverty alleviation. Crop diversification and adoption of suitable rainfed farming technology, already successfully tried in the various agro-climatic zones of the country will augment land productivity and substantially increase smallholder family average income, for a target group of 63,000 poor farmers, from US$ 130 to US$ 213, a rise of 64%. Under irrigation, the additional income generation on a small 0.3 ha farm will be US$ 264, which will supplement the income form rainfed farming. This will substantially alleviate poverty of the beneficiaries by raising their rural family income. The project will involve launching of training and extension campaigns; ground water surveys; supply of improved seeds, livestock and agro-forestry. Some 800 treadle pumps for small-scale irrigation will be installed. The project involves construction of 28 small diversion structures as well as drilling of shallow wells for irrigation schemes. It will include road and bridge surveys; construction/rehabilitation of about 400 km rural roads and culverts; drilling of dug wells for water supply; supply and installation of hand and treadle pumps and improvement of sanitation facilities.

Project Objectives

The project's main objectives are to raise poor farm families incomes, and to improve their food security and nutrition. This will be done through better utilisation of poor farming communities' agricultural resources and provision of agricultural inputs, support to livestock development and small-scale irrigation as well as water supply and roads construction.


The primary beneficiaries are the resource poor farmers of Malawi including women farmers. The project is to benefit resource poor rural smallholder farmers, the landless poor unskilled workers in rural areas, women and the un-and under-employed workers through the opening up of opportunities for micro-enterprise development.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government Of Malawi
Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AA0-016
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name ODHIAMBO Walter

Geographic Location

Country Malawi