Malawi - National Livestock Development Project (NLDP)

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Jan 1988
Signature Date 22 Feb 1988
Planned Completion Date 31 Jan 2003
Last Disbursement Planned Date 30 Jun 2003
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31163
Commitment U.A 6,709,743.46
Status Completion

Project General Description

The National Livestock Development Project (NLDP) in Malawi is an integral part of the ongoing development policy in the agricultural sector. The project will support the development of beef, dairy and poultry production units and provide an institutional framework for the Department of Veterinary Services and Animal Resources Exploitation and for livestock services in different agricultural development units. It aims at food security and income generation for poverty reduction. In addition, the project was to promote local production of livestock and livestock products, mainly poultry and cattle, thereby improving the Balance of Payment (BOP) and foreign exchange savings. In order to achieve this objective, the project was to: (i) establish a poultry production and training base at Mikolongwe in Blantyre area, Choma in Mzuzu area and Bwemba around Lilongwe, with hatchery units, production units for eggs, chicks and chicken for the beneficiaries’ farm production units; (ii) provide the necessary support to the State-owned cattle production and training units at Mikolongwe and Dzalanyama Ranch.

Project Objectives

The NLDP aims at contributing to food security improvement in Malawi, thereby saving foreign exchange and improving the country’s BOP. The main objective of the project is to provide technical assistance and resources to support the Government's efforts to develop and increase livestock production so that national self-sufficiency in nutritious animal protein from local production can be achieved; in addition, the project will make a decisive contribution to improving the incomes and thus the social well-being of small private farmers, 60% of whom are women farmers.


The project will benefit to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security. It is envisaged that the project implementation would strengthen the smallholder private and commercialisation producers as well as the non-viable public entities within the livestock sector.

Participating Organization

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


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AAE-001
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Malawi