Malawi - Smallholder Crop Production and Marketing Project (SCPMP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Jul 2006
Signature Date 09 Nov 2006
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2015
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Sep 2015
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 14,882,276.25
Status Completion

Project General Description

The proposed project targets smallholder food producers with the aim of improving food security and reducing poverty for the participating households, as well as for the communities residing adjacent to the schemes. The development of irrigation infrastructure will also contribute towards a reduction in the dependence on food imports which has been a drain on foreign currency reserves, posing a significant threat to the ongoing economic reform program of the GoM. Reliable irrigation water supply will also enable the poorer farmers to cultivate high value crops. The project meets the government objective of improving the productivity of smallholder agriculture. The project will also contribute significantly to achieving the Millennium Development Goals of (i) halving the proportion of people living in extreme poverty by 2015, and (ii) promoting gender equality and empowerment of women through their involvement in project activities. The project will be implemented over a period of 6 years.

Project Objectives

The overall sector goal of the project is to contribute to poverty reduction and food security in rural Malawi. The specific objective of the project is to increase productivity and income of rural households in the project area. This will be achieved through the promotion of intensification and diversification of the existing cropping system and improvement of the marketing system which will significantly increase production, productivity and incomes of the small farmer whilst improving household nutrition and environmental management of natural resources at the same time.


The estimated total number of beneficiary households is 8756, or a total of 45,531 people. The project beneficiaries are all the farmers owning plots in the vicinity of the 39 proposed irrigation schemes who had expressed their interest to fully participate in the project. The average family size is between 4.3-5.0 persons. The majority of the beneficiaries comprise of households that are food secure for between 2-5 months and 5-8 months (48% and 40% respectively).Women are estimated to comprise about 60% of the beneficiaries.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AAC-001
Last Update 19 Jan 2021


Contact Details

Name KISYOMBE Vinda Highson Lutamyo

Geographic Location

Country Malawi
Coordinates Location Name
-9.92727 33.4254 Chitipa District
-15.4301 35.4183 zomba District
-10.8029 33.8052 Rumphi District
-13.2957 33.908 Ntchisi District
-16.75 35.1667 Nsanje District
-12.8042 34.083 Nkhotakota District
-11.653 34.0532 Nkhata Bay District
-14.75 34.75 Ntcheu District
-11.8543 33.6078 Mzimba District
-13.7623 33.08 Mchinji District