The Kulima Programme is impacting communities and strengthening partners and system's response to increase incomes, employment and food security in Malawi in the context of a changing climate.
KULIMA is tackling agricultural, environmental and climate change issues from the production side and seeking the high participation of smallholder farmers, because we know that we really need to implement agricultural good practices to protect resources, so as to increase productivity in a diversified and sustainable way.
Jean-Pierre BUSOGOROKulima Programme Manager
We have come to discover that before the FFS training, we weren’t aware about a lot of good practices that you can use for sustainable production. For example, the hot water treatment of banana suckers is an efficient practice which helps control the banana weevil without relying on pesticides.
Zondiwe JereKulima Extension Worker
Following production of horticultural crops on our terraces, we have seen a lot of buyers coming to collect the produce from our site. This is interesting for us as we don't have to afford the transport cost from our production site to the market. We want to continue producing new crops on the terraces and to improve them, so that we can improve our production and revenues.
Mary MsukwaKulima Farmer working on the established terraces
Facts and Figures
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General Facts about Kulima and the Agriculture Sector in Malawi
- USD250: Gross national income (GNI) per capita;
- 8%: percentage of annual population growth;
- 2 million: number of farmer families;
- 25%: percentage of smallholder farmers that use less than 0.5 ha of their land;
- 14%: percentage of smallholder farmers who only cultivate 2.0 ha of their land;
- 80%: percentage of food produced by smallholder farmers;
- 70%: percentage of women among full time farmers;
- 80%: percentage of contribution of women to food for home consumption;
- 80%: percentage of agricultural exports by the estate subsector, while contributing only about 20% of the total national agricultural production;
- 1%: Percentage of national budget allocated to agriculture during the 2015-2016 fiscal year;
- 75%: Percentage of expenditure going to the Farm Input Subsidy Programme (FISP) for the centralised purchase of subsidized fertilizer and seed (mostly maize);
- 80%: Percentage of Malawian farmers being visited by an extension worker less than once a month;
- 10: Number of districts for this intervention: Chitipa, Karonga, Nkhatabay, Mzimba, Kasungu, Nkhotakota, Salima, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje;
- 75%: Percentage of MSME and smallholders in the relevant value chains that will have introduced a significant operational and/or managerial improvement for value addition (e.g. quality improvement, new marketing channels, diversification in the range of products);
- 10%: Percentage increase, up to 65%, of the up to 15.000 smallholders or employees of MSME that participate in the process of value addition (e.g. new processing methods, better marketing);
- Baseline value: Proportion of women: 34%; Proportion of young people: 30%; Target: Proportion of women: up to 40%; Proportion of young people: up to 35%;
- 325: Number of agreements in the selected value chains that have signed on direct cooperation between MSME and/or smallholder organisations and lead companies;
- 15,000: number of households defined as poor along selected value chains, whose income has increased by up to 20%;
- 1,500: increase in the number of workers along the selected value chains.
FAO Farmer Field Schools
- 400,000: number of productive farming families whose productivity, diversification and income generation will improve through:
- 600: number of FFS Master Trainers who will be trained
- 8,000: number of community Based Facilitators who will be trained
- 13,400: number of community outreach groups who will be supported by the community Based Facilitators
- 10: number of districts where intervention will take place (Chitipa, Karonga, Mzimba, Nkhata Bay, Kasungu, Salima, Nkhotakota, Chiradzulu, Thyolo and Mulanje)
- 30%: Contribution of agriculture to Malawi’s GDP
- 80%: Percentage of contribution of agriculture to national export earnings
- 1: percentage of people in Malawi working in agriculture
- 2: number of crops dominating the agriculture sector in Malawi, i.e. 1) Maize for food security and 2) tobacco for export earnings
- 7%: Percentage of children under the age 5 with stunting
- 9%: Percentage of babies born with low birth weight
- 3%: percentage of annual loss of productivity and economic growth, due to under-nutrition
Women and Youth
- 4%: estimated percentage increase in annual agricultural growth if gender gap is closed and if socio-economic barriers faced by youth is addressed
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Assessment & Progress Reports
- 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
- Malawi Growth and Development Strategy (MGDS) II
- Malawi Growth Development Strategy III
- Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Afikepo (Nutrition Program) Action Document
- National Agriculture Investment Plan
- Irrigation Policy and Irrigation Master Plan
- The National Export Strategy