Malawi - Small-Scale Irrigation Development Study (SSIDS)

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Nov 1998
Signature Date 13 Jan 1999
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2004
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2004
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Commitment U.A 563,202.62
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed study has been designed to lead to projects that will strengthen the agricultural sector production in Malawi. It falls within the purview of the Public Sector Investment Programme whose overall policy objective is to reduce poverty among rural people by promoting rapid agricultural development, expansion and diversification of agricultural output and exports, raising farm incomes and promoting economic growth, while conserving natural resources. The study will identify bankable projects that will help improve small-holder farmers' agricultural output and incomes thereby improving their standard of living, and helping in poverty alleviation. It will also contribute to the Government of Malawi’s goal of self-sufficiency in food production and food security on a sustainable basis. The study will basically comprise three sequentially related phases that require a multi-disciplinary approach in its execution. The consultant is expected, in the formative stages of the study to ensure the involvement of stakeholders, such as small-holder farmers, community leaders, government representatives and other donors. The study shall focus on the use of appropriate irrigation technologies.

Project Objectives

The specific objective of the study is to ascertain Malawi's water resource base with a view to identifying and preparing viable small-scale irrigation development projects that will be technically, economically and financially feasible as well as socially and environmentally desirable.


Small-Scale Irrigation will increase food production and farmers income. The Study will also contribute to institutional capacity Building both in rural areas and at the ministry level. The study will be used to identify areas to be developed with small-scale irrigation, which will ultimately benefit the smallholders and women farmers and alleviate poverty.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AA0-017
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name AMADOU Ibrahim Ahamed

Geographic Location

Country Malawi