Malawi - Shire Valley irrigation project feasability study

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Dec 2013
Signature Date 20 Oct 2014
Planned Completion Date 20 Apr 2017
Last Disbursement Planned Date 01 Jun 2018
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31140
Commitment U.A 1,470,600.3
Status Completion

Project General Description

The present feasability study is initiated by the Government of Malawi (GoM) to permit the development of irrigated agriculture in the Lower Shire Valley as part of the preparatory activities of the Shire Valley Irrigation Project (SVIP). This project aims to improve agricultural productivity and production in a sustainable manner leading to economic growth and reduction of rural poverty in the Lower Shire Valley. The work, in this feasability study, include the following points: (a) updating the 2008 feasibility study, taking account of the findings of the recently completed (May 2012) prefeasibility study funded by AWF and recognizing the opportunity presented by the presence in the project area and (b) undertaking additional work on aspects that have not so far received adequate coverage in the feasibility study. The estimated total cost of the activities is € 5.3 million. Of this amount, AWF will provide a grant of € 1.79 million to cover the cost of the technical feasibility study. GoM will contribute € 73,700 to cover the project management costs and the balance (€ 3.42 million) will be provided by on-going projects financed by the World Bank.

Project Objectives

The objective of the proposed further preparation activities is to provide GoM with a comprehensive set of information required for making a decision regarding the implementation of Phase I of SVIP.


The project would benefit not only the population of the Lower Shire Valley but also Malawi as a whole by contributing to economic growth of the country. The primary beneficiaries of SVIP would comprise smallholders as well as households receiving additional wage employment in irrigation farming. A pre-feasibility study estimates that these households represent about 93000 beneficiaries in phase 1, and 272 000 (total area) in phase 2, or 40% of the lower Shire Valley population (2008). In addition, Illovo Sugar would also benefit from being able to convert to a gravity water supply.

Participating Organization

AfricaWater Facility Fund
Ministry of Water Development and Irrigation (MoWDI)


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AAC-008
Other IATI identifier CA-3-A034853001
Last Update 02 Mar 2021


Contact Details

Name KISYOMBE Vinda Highson Lutamyo

Geographic Location

Country Malawi