Malawi - Special Programme for Food Security-Phase 1

Project Summary

Approval Date 19 Jun 2000
Signature Date 21 Dec 2000
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
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 730,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The first phase of the Special Programme for Food Security (SPFS) aims to alleviate absolute poverty and chronic food insecurity among the smallholders in selected areas of Malawi. It’s designed because of the needs of the very poor and chronically food insecure are not being met by past investments in food production. The present intervention should facilitate the design of appropriate investment projects for implementation country wide thereby improving overall agricultural and food production, especially for smallholders. This would in turn make a significant and sustainable contribution to improved food security at the household and national levels. While the primary focus of the project is on water control, in the light of the broad and interlinked strategy adopted by the project in addressing food security issues, and considering the mixed farming systems that are found in the project areas, the project should also promote improvements in rainfed cropping. The project has three main components: (i) water control and management, (ii) diversification and intensification, and (iii) constraints analysis, monitoring, evaluation, and project co-ordination.

Project Objectives

The first phase of the SPFS Project seeks to contribute to the improvement of household and national food security by identifying and test applying appropriate technologies for improving agricultural productivity and production and to define strategies, including institutions for enabling the food insecure to access these technologies and to apply them on a sustainable basis.


The expected beneficiaries of the project are the smallholder households that cultivate the irrigated land. Women who represent about 70% of full-time farmers at the project sites should constitute a similar proportion of the beneficiaries of the first phase of the project.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AA0-021
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


Contact Details

Name KANU Benedict Sorie

Geographic Location

Country Malawi