Malawi - The Agriculture Infrastructure Support Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 09 Sep 2009
Signature Date 13 Nov 2009
Planned Completion Date 30 May 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 May 2017
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31162
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 15,000,000
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Agricultural Infrastructure Support Project (AISP) is predicated on the emphasis GoM has, in the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS), placed on agriculture as the engine for growth and poverty reduction. More specifically, GoM has identified land and water resources management as priority in agricultural development. The project is thus a direct response to GoM’s desire to enhance agricultural productivity by promoting irrigated agriculture in the country. The project serves as a follow-up to the recently completed Bank financed Smallholder Outgrower Sugarcane Project (SOSP) and Smallholder Irrigation Project (ShIP). The project is the Bank’s initial contribution to ASWAp. It will be implemented in three Agricultural Development Divisions (ADDs), namely Salima, Blantyre and Shire Valley and covering 4 districts (Nkhotakota, Neno, Chikwawa and Nsanje). These areas fall within the Green Belt Zone which the Government of Malawi (GoM) has prioritised for agricultural investments. The project has three components: i) infrastructure development; ii) capacity building; and iii) project management and coordination. It will be implemented over a period of five years (2010-2014) and is estimated to cost UA 17.01 million.

Project Objectives

The overall sector goal of the project is to increase agricultural productivity and strengthen food security in the country. Its specific objectives are to increase irrigated agricultural output and productivity through efficient agricultural water management, to enhance the participation of smallholder farmers in commercial agriculture.


The primary beneficiaries of the project will be some 3,350 farm households who will benefit from irrigation activities covering an area of 2,320 ha. The beneficiaries will include 600 farm households who will benefit from a 1,220 ha expansion of irrigated outgrower sugarcane development in Dwangwa in Salima ADD, and some 2,750 farm households in the Blantyre and Shire Valley ADDs who will benefit from 7 small-scale irrigation schemes covering a total area of 1,100 ha. It is estimated that about 10,000 households within the region will indirectly benefit from the project activities.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AAA-004
Last Update 19 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name KISYOMBE Vinda Highson Lutamyo

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-16.75 35.1667 Nsanje District
-12.8042 34.083 Nkhotakota District
-14.0196 33.6841 Lilongwe District
-12.5667 34.15 Dwangwa
-16.1667 34.75 Chikwawa District
-15.4505 34.7003 Neno District