Malawi - Lake Malawi Artisanal Fisheries Development Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 29 Jan 2003
Signature Date 05 May 2003
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2010
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2010
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 7,487,693.04
Status Completion

Project General Description

The Lake Malawi Artisanal Fisheries Development Project, in line with the overall goal of the PRSP of achieving sustainable poverty reduction, seeks to develop artisanal fisheries in five contiguous Lake Malawi littoral districts. It has been designed to support Government’s efforts in community empowerment with the active participation of all stakeholders. To introduce sustainable fisheries activities on the lake requires the application of watershed management support to guarantee adequate regulation of the hydrological cycles and steady supply of clean and adequate volumes of water into the lake. The main thrust of the project is to increase on a sustainable basis capture fish production, complemented by watershed management activities. It also aims at addressing the two main problems confronting the fisheries subsector in the country, which are: (i), the over-exploitation of inshore fish stocks; and (ii) the lack of resources and capacity to tap proven offshore fish stocks. The project comprises four components, namely: (i) Fish Production and Marketing Development; (ii) Credit Delivery; (iii) Capacity Building and Institutional Strengthening; and (iv) Project Management.

Project Objectives

The project’s sector goal is to contribute to Government’s poverty reduction efforts by developing sustainable utilization of renewable natural resources. The project objective is to improve household income by enhancing the management and utilization of fisheries resources in five Lake Malawi littoral districts.


A total of 7,640 households should be involved in fish catch, processing and marketing of fish catch from Lake Malawi. Furthermore, a total of 10,280 households are targeted to participate in the watershed management support activities through the establishment and maintenance of household woodlots and the management of community woodlands in a sustainable manner. Other beneficiaries should include individuals or groups that should be involved in the manufacture and sale of fuelwood efficient stoves, those that should benefit from capacity building activities, and those that should be employed for various project activities. Over 40% of project beneficiaries are women who make up the bulk of fish processors and marketers.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Government of Malawi
Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AAZ-002
Last Update 15 Apr 2021


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Geographic Location

Country Malawi