GIZ, in partnership with the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR)

``Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector' (GIAE)``

The objective of the global programme “Green Innovation Centres for the Agriculture and Food Sector” is to increase the income, production, and productivity of smallholder farmers, enhance employment with an emphasis on women and youth and to improve regional food supply. In accordance with the national government’s priorities, the Malawi country package supports the development of three value chains, being soybean, groundnut, and cassava to sustainably diversify Malawi’s agriculture sector. The project works in four fields of actions:

Field One

Increasing capacities of smallholder enterprises


Field Two

Improving the business of up and downstream enterprises

Field Three

Strengthening of special interest groups

Field Four

Supporting the transnational knowledge exchange between value chain actors


Strategic Direction

Our intervention is aimed at ensuring expertise and relevant innovations and technologies as input for farmers from the CGIAR international research centres located in Malawi.

These research centres, in coordination with GIZ and FAO, support farmers as part of the Farmer Field Schools (FFS). They provide guidance on the suitability of inputs in different agroecological zones of Malawi, successful agricultural practices and the application of relevant innovations and technologies in view of addressing in a holistic manner the issues affecting the production systems in Malawi.

They further provide 'starter kits' with several varieties of innovations and technologies (e.g. seed varieties, specific fertilizer and related practices) for experimental/study plots of Master Trainers and Community-Based Facilitators.

Interventions are implemented in the 10 districts of Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhatabay, Mzimba, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Salima, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje.


Project Overview

GIZ Contribution within KULIMA

In Malawi, the GIZ through Green Innovation Centres in Agriculture and Food Sector (GIAE) is supporting SO1 within the KULIMA programme and SO2, particularly, on seed system development for various farmer-preferred value chains. Specifically, GIAE is responsible for interventions contributing to the achievement of result 1.1 and result 1.2. Result 1.1 strives at “Improved organization and delivery of national research and extension services” while result 1.2 aims to “Supply system of appropriate inputs and related technologies set up and meeting the needs to ensure increased, diversified and sustainable production”.

Our Geographic Scope

The GIAE-EU KULIMA project in Malawi is located in ten districts, namely Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhatabay, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Salima, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje.

Training of master trainers is conducted at three Government hosted Residential Training Centers (RTCs) in Mzuzu, Lisazadzi, and Thuchila, which represent the northern, central, and southern regions respectively.

Stakeholders and Beneficiaries

Our main stakeholders and beneficiaries are:

  • International research centres under the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) situated in Malawi. CGIAR centres are responsible for the development and identification of innovations and agricultural technologies suitable for farmers in different agroecological zones of Malawi through the Farmer Field School approach. These centres include International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), International Potato Centre (CIP), International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF), International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and World Fish Centre.
  • The GIAE co-implement the KULIMA action with FAO and an NGO consortium led by Self Help Africa under the oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture branch of the Malawi Government.
  • Malawi Government extension workers who are trained as master trainers by the experts/scientists from the CGIAR centres.
  • Community Based Facilitators who are trained by the master trainers in their home at district level, who, in turn, oversee and pass on their training to groups of smallholder farmers under the Farmer Field School on the village level.
  • Farmers are the final beneficiaries of KULIMA in terms of being the targeted group of the above mentioned innovations. In the scope of the programme, 400,000 smallholder farmer households are expected to be reached by this system by 2022.

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