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‘KULIMA’ is an abbreviation which stands for ‘kutukula ulimi m’Malawi’, a phrase in Malawi’s main local language Chichewa which means ‘promoting farming in Malawi.’ The programme has been designed to strategically contribute to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and aligned to the Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II, the   overarching   medium-term development strategy and the National Agriculture Policy on sustainable agriculture production and productivity.


Overall objective: Sustainable agricultural growth promoted to increase incomes, employment and food security in Malawi in the context of a changing climate.

Specific objective 1: Agricultural productivity increased and production diversified in a participatory, sustainable and climate-change resilient manner.

  • Result 1.1: Improved organization and delivery of national research and extension services.
  • Result 1.2: Supply system of appropriate inputs and related technologies set up and meeting the needs to ensure increased, diversified and sustainable production.
  • Result 1.3: Farmers mobilised and supported to boost their agricultural production.
  • Result 1.4: Government efficiently supported to increase investment for irrigation development.

Specific objective 2: Agricultural value chains developed or established and related income and employment opportunities created

  • Result 2.1: Affordable loans made available to private sector managed demand-driven agricultural investments and used by value chain actors for expanding operations, including smallholders operations.
  • Result 2.2: Value chain development plans for selected crops and other commodities developed and implemented, leading to increased, sustainable and environmentally-friendly growth in primary production, value adding, and viable enterprises in the value chain.

Specific objective 3: Agriculture sector governance is strengthened

  • Result 3.1: The wider public is better informed and consulted on key issues in agriculture.
  • Result 3.2: Strengthened accountability role of the Malawian Parliament on agriculture and agriculture related issues.

KULIMA programme is implemented in five main components by various partners as follows:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) components:

    1. More Income and Employment in Rural Areas (MIERA) (Covering specific objective 2)
    2. Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) (covering specific objective 1)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Component on Farmer Field Schools (covering specific objective 1)


Technical assistance in Support to Parliament and Media to Strengthen Governance in the Agriculture Sector (covering specific objective 3 and implemented by NIRAS AS).


Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Consortium

Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Consortium led by GORTA Self-Help Africa (covering specific objective 1)

European Investment Bank

The project implemented by the European Investment Bank (EIB) covers specific objective 2: providing access to finance and training for small and medium-sized businesses along the agri-food value chain, as well as training for financial intermediaries who invest in the agriculture sector.

Programme Estimate - (MoAIWD)

The KULIMA programme estimate is implemented by the Government of Malawi, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.