Success Stories

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.

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)

Agricultural Facts

  • 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


Nutritional Facts

  • 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