Malawi - Macadamia Smallholder Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 15 Jul 1998
Signature Date 13 Jan 1999
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2009
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 6,116,481.04
Status Completion

Project General Description

Macadamia Smallholder Development Project (MSDP) has a high priority among the GOM development objectives. The project aims at alleviating poverty in the rural areas, by raising rural incomes and identifying the economic base. MSDP will also foster an enabling environment for private sector development through improvement of the essential agricultural services to farmers, increasing investment in rural infrastructure and appropriate training packages. Most importantly, the MSDP will focus on the smallholders, women farmers, youth; and the groups with substantial untapped growth potential. One of the most notable strategies proposed under the project is strengthening the farmer groups or creating new groups were appropriate. This will empower the smallholders by enabling them to determine their own affairs in terms of their agricultural activities. The project will have five components: nursery development, including mother and community nurseries; crop development including supply of credit to smallholder farmers; research and extension support, capacity building including support to farmer group organisations; infrastructure development, including construction of buildings and rehabilitation of gravel access roads and Project Management.

Project Objectives

The sector goal is to improve on the well being of Malawians through poverw alleviation, especially among rural people, by promoting broad based and rapid agricultural development. The objective is to promote and develop the production of 500 ha (revised to 1200 ha at mid-term) of macadamia inter-cropped with 2,500 ha of food and cash crops under smallholder production in the project area.


The primary beneficiaries are the communities residing in 5 selected Extension Planning Area (EPAs) in each of Kasungu and Mzuzu Agricultural Development Divisions.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AA0-019
Last Update 19 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name ODHIAMBO Walter

Geographic Location

Country Malawi