Malawi - Agricultural Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 28 Sep 2016
Signature Date 13 Dec 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2022
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Agriculture and Rural Development
DAC Sector Code 31110
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 16,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Malawi Agricultural Infrastructure and Youth in Agribusiness Project (AIYAP) is designed as a stand-alone investment project whose main objective is to support the development of irrigation infrastructure (civil works) in order to facilitate the development of high value food-crop production, agricultural value chains along with agribusiness skills for youths and capacity building activities. It involves deploying agricultural infrastructure to support and facilitate efforts to address the dual problem of food insecurity and the high rate of youth unemployment in Malawi. The proposed interventions will implement two large-scale irrigation schemes in Linga (Nkhata-Bay) and Dwambazi respectively, covering a total area of 1 945 hectares targeting 10,000 beneficiaries with special emphasis on youths (approximately 50% of the beneficiaries). The project is to use irrigation infrastructure as an enabler to scale up production of maize, rice, sugar and horticultural products, as well as value chains in project areas in particular, and Malawi in general.

Project Objectives

The specific objective of the project is to reduce poverty in the project area in particular and the country in general, by contributing to economic growth and food security through: 1) deploying irrigation infrastructure to scale up improved crop production and productivity leading to improved net farm income for project beneficiaries ; 2) expanding opportunities in agriculture and agribusiness among rural youths in Malawi’s as a means to advance and improve rural livelihoods and economic development; 3) promoting import substitution to improve value addition and processing systems; 4) revolving loans to promote agricultural development and form a core group of active young entrepreneurs in agribusiness and related value chains; and 5) using cooperative societies as a tool to help smallholders farmers become commercial farmers.


The target population is 10,000 households with each one on average 6 persons, according to estimates.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Agriculture & Food Security


IATI identifier 46002-P-MW-AAZ-004
Last Update 17 Sep 2021


Contact Details

Name KISYOMBE Vinda Highson Lutamyo

Geographic Location

Country Malawi