Malawi - Smallholder Irrigation Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Nov 1998
Signature Date 24 May 1999
Planned Completion Date 31 Mar 2009
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 5,018,682.83
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Smallholder Irrigation project is in line with the ADF VII Policy and strategy of poverty alleviation. The project conforms to the Government’s objectives of improving smallholder crop production by promoting the adoption of improved irrigation technology to farmers and by providing the necessary capacity building for irrigation, credit and institutional support to simulate sustainable agricultural development. Although, irrigation development will be new to the majority of the communities, the technology being advocated is simple and it will be backed by intensive farmer and staff training. Through increased production of food crops and higher income accrual at household levels, the project will directly improve food security of the beneficiaries; specifically for rural women farmers, the youth and children, this will result in better nutrition and health. The development of rural infrastructure will further help the rural women to have better access to markets for small scale trading activities usually carried out by woment. Communities outside the target groups will also benefit from improved access to markets and higher levels of employment generation in project related activities. Participation of rural women smallholder farmers and the youth in training, farmer clubs and credit unions will empower them to assimilate higher levels of farming technology, and also create a sense of involvement, confidence and self respect. This will assist rural women to achieve higher social status which is vital for the success of any development effort. The project will be implemented over a five-year period with 1999 being PY1.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to improve the well being of Malawians through poverty alleviation, especially among rural people, by promoting broad based and accelerated agricultural development. The specific objective is to contribute to food security by increasing the irrigated land by 4,600 ha, and increasing agricultural productivity through intensification and yield maximization for 12,000 beneficiaries.


The primary beneficiaries were the resource poor farmers residing Mwanza, Shire Highlands, Nsanje and Chikwawa Rural development Areas of Malawi. The Ministries of Irrigation and Water Development and Agriculture and Food Security were the main line Ministries involved in project implementation.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AA0-018
Last Update 19 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name SOLIMAN Wael Mohamed Roshdy

Geographic Location

Country Malawi